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AHS Grizz Pageant Raises Over $5k

Ashland High School’s annual Grizz Pageant returned to the stage on Thursday, April 14 after three years of not being able to hold in-person events.

The Grizz Pageant, an Ashland High School (AHS) favorite since 1998, dedicates all funds raised to Asante’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Five incredible contestants participated in this year’s pageant, their acts ranging from speed-eating hot wings to interpretive dance. Their commitment to the cause was palpable – one contestant shared that she was a NICU graduate and all agreed that fundraising for our community’s tiniest and most vulnerable patients is important.

AHS Grizz Pageant contestants with their “mini-me’s” and Asante’s CMN representative

Ella Tarczy, Asante’s CMN Program Development Officer, attended the Grizz Pageant and applauded the contestants and audience for raising money that will support the new home for women’s and children’s health at Asante – inside the new patient pavilion at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center.

AHS student leaders on a pavilion construction tour

Student leaders also went on a pavilion construction hardhat tour the month before their Grizz Pageant festivities to learn more about how their fundraising will support the new home for women’s and children’s health at Asante Rogue Regional.

Through the Grizz Pageant and other student leadership fundraising, AHS raised a total of $5,191 for Asante’s NICU this year – thank you and congratulations to all who were involved!

If your organization would like to start a fundraiser for children’s health at Asante, contact Ella Tarczy at

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