LifePath staff make dream come true


Thanks to the tireless efforts of LifePath’s  AMAZING STAFF, Shernell Pierre, aka  "Miss Amazing" will be competing in the National Miss Amazing Inc. pageant held at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago Illinois on August 3rd, 2017.

Shernell Pierre, a resident of LifePath’s Weider's Lane house in Emmaus, took the stage at the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Performing Arts in a state-wide beauty pageant for individuals with special abilities on February 12, 2017. Wearing a beautiful pink gown, reciting original poetry and singing a heartfelt song, Shernell won the hearts of the judges and was crowned Pennsylvania’s “Miss Amazing,” qualifying her for the national pageant in Chicago.

Miss Amazing, inc. was formed in 2007 in Omaha, Nebraska and is a non-profit organization that provides opportunities for girls and women who have special needs to showcase their individual beauty.

Because Shernell is a resident of LifePath and has limited resources, being crowned Pennsylvania’s Miss Amazing back in February posed a situation for the staff at LifePath. Shernell’s next step was the national competition held on August 3rd in Chicago with a travel cost of $5,000 --- a cost that Shernell couldn’t afford.

LifePath is an organization that provides homes and programs to people with intellectual disabilities. 98% of the individuals served by LifePath live at or below the poverty level – depending on government resources and private agencies for their sustenance.

Shernell falls within this category.

“There was no way we were telling Shernell she couldn’t attend because she couldn’t afford it,” said Mel Maresca, a supervisor at one of LifePath’s houses. “So we all just decided to work together and raise the money,” she said.

Mel, Christopher Scott (Shernell’s house supervisor) and LifePath staff organized basket raffles, started a Go Fund Me Account and sold candy bars, Joe Corbi pizzas, Perkins pies and Rita’s water ice. Each week Shernell and staff would make their rounds at the LifePath building located at 3500 High Point Blvd. in Bethlehem with the latest and greatest fundraising trinket. Additionally, Glynnis Rea and Alice Mudge, parents of Christopher Limpar of LifePath’s Coplay house arranged for church space to be donated for a fundraiser where numerous church members contributed to the cause.

In the end, the little trinket sales, basket raffles and general donations added up to big bucks for Shernell, totaling over $2500 toward the needed $5,000.

Once $2500 was raised, a private donor from Easton stepped in and matched the $2500, giving Shernell the amount needed to attend the pageant.

“I’m so excited to go to Chicago,” Shernell said, “and I want to make sure to thank everyone who helped me get there.”

Shernell would have to put up a billboard—for the entire community was behind her.

written by Annette Kaiser