Applications now being accepted for Miss Inspirational pageant
On Saturday, May 6, reigning Miss Bristol County Jillian Zucco will host the second annual Miss Inspirational program for girls with special needs and disabilities at the Old Rochester Regional High School auditorium at 6 p.m.
Zucco, a Mattapoisett resident and 2016 graduate of the Honors Nursing Program at UMass Dartmouth, is now accepting registrations from girls and young women for participation. The goal of the pageant is to highlight and celebrate the achievements of those who are breaking barriers and overcoming challenges every day.
Now employed as a full-time registered nurse at a regional hospital and still a part-time personal care attendant with the Cerebral Palsy of Massachusetts organization, Zucco has worked with girls and young women with varying levels of disability.
“This event focuses on ability and empowerment. My goal is to raise public awareness by giving these young women and girls a platform to show the community how truly inspirational they are,” she said.
The program will have four phases: Introduction, using any form of communication with or without assistance; talent, sharing a unique ability, talent or something the individual is proud of; formal wear, demonstrating grace and confidence in a party dress or gown of one’s own or one provided courtesy of the Cinderella Project through Gifts to Give; and personal statement submitted in writing before the event detailing obstacles overcome, barriers broken and/or goals and aspirations, pieces of which will be read to the audience during the show.
Last year’s inaugural event was a showcased 30 participants from across the state to a sold-out audience.
Zucco’s program accommodates individuals with all types of disabilities, including mental, physical, developmental and medical. An American Sign Language interpreter is available for those who need this service. The stage, dressing room and auditorium meet the American Disability Act accessibility guidelines, and a volunteer will be assigned to assist each participant on and off stage the night of the show to ensure they are prepared for each phase.
The program also recognizes any males with special needs who would like to be involved.
There is no fee to participate. Tickets to the event will be available at the door for $15. All proceeds will benefit Boston Children’s Hospital through the Children’s Miracle Network.
To register or for more information, email JillianZucco@gmail.com.