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Pirates, Princesses and Pals meet fans at Clayton Center

Clayton Center for the Arts took on a different identity recently when children of all ages got to enjoy breakfast with princesses, superheroes and pirates.

The annual Junior Service League Pirates, Princesses and Pals breakfast on the morning of Saturday, May 8, drew a crowd of youngsters and their parents to two seatings to enjoy a fairy tale time of laughter and good food. JSL members wore their best princess finery or superhero outfits and posed for pictures with the youngsters. Others wore their pirate attire complete with eye patches and swords.

“It is such a magical event for these children and their families. We were at a new venue with it being at the Clayton Center, and we filled the foyer twice,” outgoing co-chair Becky Rials said. “We were even able to sponsor some outside agencies for children to visit.”

While final fundraising figures were unavailable, Rials estimated 415 people, including volunteers, attended the event that left many youngsters with good memories of a magical morning.

The Junior Service League each Christmas provides gifts for the less fortunate children throughout the community as part of the Toys for Blount County program. “This fundraiser helps provide toys for 1,500 Blount County children,” Rials said.

To learn more about Junior Service League or to donate to help with Toys for Blount County, visit

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