Kids helping kids thanks to ‘Pride’


The curtain will rise soon for Cottage Grove High School’s annual Lion Pride Pageant, a popular and much-anticipated fundraiser for Children’s Miracle Network. For months, students have been practicing their opening dance number and skits for Lion Pride Pageant — The Musical, which will open at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 27.

“It’s hilarious,” said Lorri Hanson, the pageant’s co-advisor. And touching, too, she added, noting the segment of the show when contestants appear with their parents.

Over the past 23 years, Cottage Grove High School students have raised more than $300,000 for Children’s Miracle Network.

Children’s Miracle Network is a program of the PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center Foundation. It helps fund services and treatments for sick and injured children at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend in Springfield. All funds raised by the pageants are donated to Children’s Miracle Network, which then gives 10 percent of the proceeds back to each school for student-health programs.

Cottage Grove is among 16 area high schools participating in the Foundation’s Kids Helping Kids program, which includes a tour of RiverBend’s pediatrics floor and neonatal intensive care unit.  Students in the program have raised $6.3 million for Children’s Miracle Network since the first pageant was staged in the 1992-1993 school year.

“Kids Helping Kids, a group of enthusiastic, compassionate teens, is the single-largest donor to our local Children’s Miracle Network,” said Alexa Sharps, the Foundation’s pediatric program director of development. “The money they raise enables babies and kids in our region to get specialized treatment and services closer to home at RiverBend, instead of having to travel to Portland or San Francisco.”

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