By MORGAN MANNS
Being a Fostoria Glass Pageant member involves having more than just a pretty face.
According to 2013 Glass Pageant Queen Sadie Hickle, it takes compassion, understanding and a drive to help others.
The 2013 Glass Court has proved this on multiple occasions by hosting various fundraising events throughout their reign.
As their last community fundraiser as a court, the girls are hosting a Spaghetti Dinner at 11:30 a.m. Sunday at High Street United Methodist Church, 243 W. High St.
The dinner will provide community members with a hot spaghetti meal, a choice of either a side salad or applesauce, and bread sticks until the food is gone. Beverages include water, coffee, and punch.
The court will also be selling baked goods at the dinner and door prizes will be won.
Proceeds from the event will be divided between the High Street United Methodist Church Food Pantry and the Salvation Army.
“I wanted us to make changes and make an impact and do good things for our community,” said Hickle. “And I wanted to be a good role model for the other girls. I wanted to show them all the good being in the pageant and giving back can do.”
The court consists of Hickle, Princess Sophie Pahl, Petite Princess Courtney Yarbrough, Little Princess Jocelyn Smith, and Wee Princess Araceli Velasquez.
The ladies set their fundraising goal at $1,000, of which they have raised $410.50. Hickle said their hope is that a big chunk of the money they still need to reach their goal will come from the Spaghetti Dinner.
The girls took every opportunity they could to raise money for various organizations in the community, brainstorming and researching to find out who needed the money and how it would benefit them, according to Hickle.
“We want the community to realize that we’re not just a pretty face,” she said. “We’re very active, giving back to the community. … You never know how much it could truly mean to someone.”
Some of the events and fundraisers the girls have participated in include games and crafts at the Farmers Markets; selling cookies at various festivals and events; the YMCA Wonderland; Relay For Life; Good Shepherd Home food boost; the Rail Festival; the grand opening of the Iron Triangle Visitors Center; and making goody bags for Halloween and Easter.
Money went towards various organizations in town, such as First Step, the Sharing Kitchen, Relay For Life and more.
The court also participated in various parades in the area, including the Fostoria Halloween and Holiday parades, the Tiffin Heritage Parade, the Pemberville Parade, and the Carey Parade.
Hickle said she dreamed about being the Glass Queen ever since she was seven years old and that if she ever was crowned, she would set a precedent for future queens.
“One of the big things is showing that you’re not too good for anyone,” Hickle said. “We’ve proved that we’re all good people, good role models, raised with good morals and that we want to give back to the community.”
In addition to giving back, she said the girls also improved their communication skills and their confidence during their reign, which will end May 7 when the 2014 Glass Pageant Court will be selected.
“The experience has been indescribable,” Hickle said. “(The girls) are like my sisters. … It’s a lot of responsibilities but I wouldn’t trade it for the world.”