Sendoff was fit for a pair of Greer queens

Published on Thursday, June 28, 2012

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Miss Greater Greer Teen Sydney Sill is flanked by her friends, Allison and Courtney, during a sendoff party at Grace Hall this evening. Sill leaves Saturday for Columbia to compete in the Miss South Carolina Teen pageant.

Laura MacPherson

Miss Greater Greer Teen Sydney Sill is flanked by her friends, Allison and Courtney, during a sendoff party at Grace Hall this evening. Sill leaves Saturday for Columbia to compete in the Miss South Carolina Teen pageant.



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Miss Greater Greer Lauren Cabaniss, blue dress, entertains some friends during this evening's sendoff for the Miss South Carolina pageant. Cabaniss leaves Saturday for Columbia.

Miss Greater Greer Lauren Cabaniss, blue dress, entertains some friends during this evening's sendoff for the Miss South Carolina pageant. Cabaniss leaves Saturday for Columbia.



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Peggy Thompson, grandmother of Lauren Cabaniss, was at the sendoff. 

Peggy Thompson, grandmother of Lauren Cabaniss, was at the sendoff. 



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Signed photos by friends and family and gift bags were prepared for the Greer queens.

Signed photos by friends and family and gift bags were prepared for the Greer queens.



The party at Grace Hall tonight was fit for a pair of queens – Miss Greater Greer Lauren Cabaniss and Greer Teen Sydney Sill.

Family, friends and well-wishers came to send Cabaniss and Sill off to Columbia Saturday with signed pictures, gifts and resounding support for next week’s Miss South Carolina and Miss Teen pageants.

Grace Hall on Trade Street looked like a refreshing pool of water, decked out in tiffany blue satin and glass beads, with white and yellow flowers tucked away in glass bowls.

The gift table was buzzing with people dropping off beautifully decorated gifts and signing matted photos of the girls for them to take with them. Sill’s best friends, Allison and Courtney, were there delivering presents and supporting her.

People mingled, enjoyed conversation and a full array of food and petite desserts. Peggy Thompson, Lauren Cabaniss’ grandmother, spoke with friends and said, “Lauren is really excited about the pageant.”

The event was a festive opportunity for people to give hugs and warm words, take photos, and get a first-hand look at the girls’ pageant wardrobe. Gail Bryant, Sydney’s family babysitter, was also in attendance, happy to see Sydney’s accomplishments. She said, “They’re such a great family. And Sydney is a good girl.”

The event made it clear that both Lauren and Sydney have much support from family, friends, and people in the community.

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