Pageant Winner Raising Money for Backpack Program

An area pageant winner is spreading awareness for a cause that’s near and dear to her heart.

Miss Ludington Area, Emma Martin put on a fundraiser Tuesday night to raise money for her platform, Caring for the Fatherless. The event was held at the Cartier Mansion in Ludington.

Supporters donated towards Martin’s Nightlife Backpack program. The backpacks will be filled with items to comfort children who have been removed from their homes.

“These children are our future and if we can build them up to be the best that they can be, show them that people care for them. We want them to succeed,” says Martin. 

If you missed the event and would like to donate, email Martin at or you can send a check to Staircase Youth Services and include the memo as “Backpacks.” Their mailing address is 5880 U.S. 10, Ludington, MI 49431.