Associated Press Release
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) -- A non-profit organization is hosting a pageant for girls with disabilities in Broward County.
ARC Broward is holding its Miss ARC Broward Pageant Saturday and Sunday at the historic Parker Playhouse in Fort Lauderdale. The event celebrates girls ages five through 17 with disabilities. The organization provides services to children and adults with autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy and other disabilities
The organization's CEO Dennis Haas says the event will not only build self-confidence, but also "showcase the capabilities of these amazing girls." Judges include Miss Florida USA Brittany Oldehoff and Miss Carnaval Miami 2012 Melissa Ramirez.
Participants will rehearse the opening dance routine on the first day of the pageant and prepare for the live contest. The second day is open to the public.