Royal ball in St. Pete benefits children's charity

- A group of women have become community heroes who wear crowns instead of capes.

What has become a sisterhood of more than 20 women started seven years ago with five moms who wanted to make a difference.

The extraordinary ladies of the St. Pete Glitter Queens are putting their creative superpowers together for their annual fundraising event.

"The theme this year is Copa Caliente, A Hot Latin Night," said co-founder Veronica Dunn.

The group picks a children's charity to focus on each year.

"We like to choose charities that are not well known that don't receive federal funding, that don't make a lot of money, so that when we do present them with a check it makes a huge impact," said Dunn. "We decided to do something for the community using our experience to raise money to donate to local kids charities."

This year's recipient is the non-profit Starting Right Now.

"It's an organization that started to pretty much help homeless children," said co-founder Maria Morrow.

The St. Pete Glitter Queens 7th Annual Royal Ball is Friday, September 28 at the St. Petersburg Marriott Clearwater Hotel.

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