Miss Coon Rapids pageant hosts brunch, silent auction style show fund-raiser

A benefit for the annual Miss Coon Rapids Scholarship Pageant took place Saturday morning at the Coon Rapids American Legion Post.

Miss Coon Rapids 2012 Samantha Phillippi, three of the four 2013 Miss Coon Rapids Scholarship Pageant candidates and 2013 Miss Coon Rapids Outstanding Teen Kathryn Kueppers gathered at the Coon Rapids American Legion Saturday for the annual brunch, silent auction and style show to raise money for pageant winners. Clockwise from the left are Emily Kalis, Kueppers, Paris Becker, Ali Vail and Phillippi.

Miss Coon Rapids 2012 Samantha Phillippi, three of the four 2013 Miss Coon Rapids Scholarship Pageant candidates and 2013 Miss Coon Rapids Outstanding Teen Kathryn Kueppers gathered at the Coon Rapids American Legion Saturday for the annual brunch, silent auction and style show to raise money for pageant winners. Clockwise from the left are Emily Kalis, Kueppers, Paris Becker, Ali Vail and Phillippi.

A brunch, silent auction and style show raised money for scholarship to be awarded to the 2013 Miss Coon Rapids winners.

The 2013 Miss Coon Rapids Pageant will take place Saturday, Nov. 17, 7 p.m., at the Anoka-Ramsey Community College Performing Arts Center.

Fashions, both casual and dress, from the Coon Rapids Dress Barn and Maurice’s were modeled by 2012 Miss Coon Rapids Samantha Phillippi, 2013 contestants and pageant committee members.

Three of the four contestants in the 2013 pageant – Paris Becker, Ali Vali and Emily Kalis – were among the models. Kami Patrin was unable to be present.

In addition, Kathryn Kueppers, who will be crowned 2013 Miss Coon Rapids Outstanding Teen, also took part in the style show.

Emcee was Carl Beaurline, 1991 Miss Coon Rapids, who has continued to be involved in the pageant, including providing a $500 scholarship.

Beaurline created and hosts a show on local cable television titled “Around Town.” It has been running for 10 years, she said.

“The Coon Rapids pageant has historically been one of the best in the Miss Minnesota system,” Beaurline said.

The silent auction included more than 100 items on which people could bid.

The event also included a “heads and tails” game, for which people could purchase beads to take part and the winner won a $25 cash prize.

Brunch was served by members of the Coon Rapids American Legion Auxiliary.

Besides Beaurline, three other former Miss Coon Rapids winner were present  – Lori Erickson Clark, 1982, who was one of the models; Heather Erickson, 2009; and Megan Ehlert, 2011.

Peter Bodley is at peter.bodley@ecm-inc.com

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