Randy Smith rides the carriage with princesses Sagan Jeffress, Kinlee Hartsfield, and Emma Locker. (Source: Paul Schaumburg, Graves County Schools)
The princesses dance and sing during the event. (Photo: Paul Schaumburg, Graves County Schools)
Cinderella (Lyndi Qualls) poses with little princess Bailey Carrico. (Source: Paul Schaumburg, Graves County Schools)
The Fairy Godmother (Hannah Hall) poses for a picture with Paylin Elliott at the Bibbity Boppity Boutique. (Source: Paul Schaumburg, Graves County Schools)
The Princesses pose with 8-month-old Noah Skinner. Noah weighed just 2lbs, 2ozs. At birth, and his mom had to stay at the Ronald McDonald House while he was being cared for at Kosair Children’s Hospital. (Source: Paul Schaumburg, Graves County Schools)
GRAVES COUNTY, KY (KFVS) -
Around 95 little princesses and their families joined together recently for the third annual Graves County Middle School Princess Tea Party.
The event was organized by the Graves County Middle School Junior Beta Club to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House in Louisville, an organization that gives families a place to stay while their children are in Kosair Children’s Hospital.
Princesses Belle, Tiana, Cinderella, Merida, Sophia, TinkerBelle, Elsa, Anna, Fairy Godmother and Prince Charming posed with each little girl for pictures.
Felicity Spurgeon, of Graves County High School, portrayed Belle; Tamia Fair, of University of Kentucky, portrayed Tiana; Lyndi Qualls, of GCHS, portrayed Cinderella; Laura Dobrose, of MHS, portrayed Anna; Megan Dobrose, of GCHS, portrayed Elsa; Mollie Beck, of GCHS, portrayed Sophia; Hannah Thompson, of GCHS, portrayed Merida; Hannah Hall, of GCHS, portrayed Fairy Godmother; Madeline Byrd, of GCHS, portrayed Tinkerbelle; and Roby Blackwell, of Art Institute of Tennessee, portrayed Prince Charming.
While the girls were at the party, they rode a carriage, had their nails, hair, and face painted at the Bibbity Boppity Boutique, and were served cupcakes and lemonade. Many girls enjoyed this day and said they couldn’t wait to come back next year.
Vivi Cate Clark, age 4, said, “The carriage ride was my favorite…and so was the face painting!”
The Junior Beta Club, led by teacher Kelly Locker, began organizing the Tea Party four years ago after a visit to the Ronald McDonald House in Louisville.
“After our visit, the students were compelled to help,” explained Locker. “We wanted to do something kids and parents could do together, and the idea for the Princess Tea Party was born.”
The party is now such a special event for the club that former Jr. Beta members come back from high school and college to be the princesses and prince charming. The club’s goal is to raise $2,000 each year, which is the cost of sponsoring a room for a year at the Ronald McDonald House.
Surprising the club, a special visitor came to the party this year.
“We work very hard on this event,” said GCMS Jr. Beta president Abbi Stratton. “Sometimes, we work so hard that we lose sight of why we are doing the event in the first place.” Then they met eight-month-old Noah Skinner and his mom Brandi Curtis.
Curtis told their story, “After my doctor discovered some complications, I delivered Noah at 26 weeks at Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville. He weighed just 2 lbs, 2 ozs. For the next 4.5 months, the Ronald McDonald House was my home.”
Curtis lost her job, and if not for the Ronald McDonald House and the support of her friends and family, she would have lost her house and everything she had. Stories like Curtis’ are why the club continues to support the Ronald McDonald House.
The Junior Beta Club raised over $1,600 from the tea party this year, and will do more fundraising later to reach their goal. Special thanks go out to the Farmington Friendship Homemakers who provided the cupcakes and cookies, and Lindee Hartsfield and Jessi Treas from City Limits, who did the hair for the princesses.
For more information on the tea party, Junior Beta, or to put your name on a waiting list for the 2016 tea party, you can click here.