It’s was okay to fall in love with the princesses Saturday morning. And it was okay to walk a wide berth around Darth Vader. A tiny Batgirl didn’t look like anyone Snow White -- or even Shrek -- wanted to cross.
For four hours Saturday at Royal Oaks Events Center, the ballroom was filled with what a ballroom should be filled -- princesses in gowns of tulle and satin, princes in muscle suits and masks and the random assortment of monsters and villains.
The Junior Service League’s Princesses, Pirates and Pals Breakfast was a sold-out success -- successful both in the happy faces of the participants and the funds raised to help Blount County children have a Merry Christmas when December rolls around.
Junior Service League president Whitney Cox said the second annual Princesses, Pirates and Pals Breakfast was a repeat success of last year’s inaugural event.
“It was just as good, if not better, than last year. Everybody’s enthusiasm was top notch,” she said. “Everyone was ready to dress up, serve and clear tables. That makes it great for the kids and parents who came.”
The event is a fundraiser for the Toys for Blount County program JSL organizes each year. The effort annually provides Christmas presents for under privileged children in Blount County.
Cox was especially appreciative of JSL member Candy Morgan who organized a group of young people to dress as characters not covered by JSL members. “A huge thanks to them,” Cox said. “We couldn’t have done it without them. We wouldn’t have had Superman, Batman and that whole group.”
Cox said the event sold out the day before the event. “Our last ticket was sold Friday afternoon. We were excited to be able to sell out again,” she said. “We sold out both seatings for a total of 400 tickets at $12 a ticket.”
JSL members also sold trinkets, goodies and pictures. Photographer Wendy Tittsworth donated her time and took pictures for $5 each of the children with the superheroes, princesses or pirates. There was also a raffle for items signed by Mary Costa of Knoxville, the voice of Sleeping Beauty in the Walt Disney classic.
“That went over very well,” Cox said. “Hopefully we raised the money we needed to be able to keep doing Toys for Blount County the way we want to do it.”