Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
The YouthWorks high school pageants are a vital part of our youth philanthropy program to raise funds for children's healthcare programs at Virginia Mason Memorial and Children's Village in Yakima.
The money raised benefits programs that serve kids, including Virginia Mason Memorial's neonatal intensive care unit, a regional facility serving the five-county region that is Central Washington.
Each high school student body nominates the contestants. The competition gets started in November and include a tour of Children's Village, along with a number of fundraising events each contestant does on their own.
Each contestant dedicates a huge amount of time raising money and rehearsing for their pageant, a two-hour spectacle that combines dance, humorous skits, honoring special people in their lives, on-stage interview questions and the final crowning of the winner.
Criteria for evaluating the contestants are:
- Teacher evaluation
- Funds raised
- Pageant night
- Creativity in each segment performance
- On-stage interview
On pageant night, contestants are evaluated by a panel of volunteer judges, members of our community.
The Memorial Foundation YouthWorks program sponsors these annual high school pageants.