Mt. Pleasant girl plans doll pageant

| Wednesday, July 2, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

While playing recently with her dolls, Mt. Pleasant's Margo Covalesky, 10, thought of a way to fulfill her one desire during her summer break from school, she said.

“I really like dressing up my dolls, and I thought I could do something and invite all my friends to bring their dolls,” Margo said. “I just knew that I wanted to do something to help others.”

As a result, Margo will host a doll pageant to take place from 5-7 p.m. July 18 at the Soda Shoppe Cafe located at 509 W. Main St. in the borough.

All proceeds will be donated to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul to purchase food for the homeless in Pittsburgh.

Entrants of all ages are encouraged to enter their best-dressed dolls in the pageant. The dolls will be judged on originality and creativity.

Event categories include sports wear, beauty and best picture with doll for which contestants are encouraged to bring a photo of themselves and their dolls.

“People can bring any kind of dolls that they like,” said Margo, before reemphasizing that adults are also welcome to participate.

“We may end up having different age categories,” she said.

The pageant will require entrants to pay a $5 entry fee per doll.

“(Margo) told her pap (Bo Covalesky) that she had this idea to do something for the summer,” said Sue Covalesky, Margo's grandmother.

“She then said, ‘Please donate and say you'll help me?' I can't tell you how proud we are that she would want to do something like this. We think it's wonderful,” Covalesky said.

Entry forms and event information are available at Pleasant Visions Forget Me Not Lamps and the Soda Shoppe Cafe.

Forms must be returned by July 11.

Giving girl also conducts food drive

Margo is also conducting a food drive now through the pageant date on behalf of the Good Samaritan Center located in Mt. Pleasant.

The drive's collection box is located in the Soda Shoppe Cafe.

“We are so encouraged to see that a young girl of 10 years of age is willing to help the poor and those in need,” said Shirley Farino, the center's executive director, of the collection.

“When you hear so much about the bad things that happen with our youth, it's so wonderful to hear of someone like Margo who has the heart and the desire to help others.”

Margo said that she hopes that her doll pageant will be a success, and she plans to use her future summer vacations from school to conduct similar events to help others.

“I hope that we have a lot of people come because I would like to be able to get a lot of food,” Margo said. “I just care about people, and I want to help.”

Marilyn Forbes is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.

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