After being crowned on March 15th, I hit the ground running. Though I only passed on my previous local title in November, it was definitely an adjustment jumping back into the "titleholder life." In the past two weeks I have made 4 appearances, attended 2 send-off parties, & traveled to 1 pageant. I have also begun preparing for Miss New York, which is now only 65 days away! Eek!!
Giving Strength, Fighting As One
On March 19th, I headed to The Old Bermuda Inn for "Giving Strength, Fighting As One," a fundraiser to benefit Michael's Cause, Pietro's Fight, & Jar Of Hope. These organizations work to find to a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a rapidly progressive form of muscular dystrophy that occurs primarily in boys. The event featured vendors, games, and a magician for the kids!
I was also joined by Miss Staten Island's Outstanding Teen & Miss NW Oklahoma City's Outstanding Teen (who had been in New York for Spring Break). It was fun, relaxing night for the families who had young boys affected by the illness and for all other guests, as well.
Our Miss New York Class was completed last week and, though it was 3 hours away, I had to be in Binghamton to watch it happen! After all, this is the last Miss New York Class I will ever be part of (that's a little strange to see in print, but it's true).
The pageant was run by Jack Carr and gave the opportunity for girls who placed as a runner-up in any other local this season to give it one last shot. Two girls were crowned and brought our class total to 29 girls! Congratulations to Cassie Paradise, Miss Southern Tier & Hillary Peckham, Miss Triple Cities!
Inner Circle Show
Since 1922, the Inner Circle (comprised of reporters, journalists, and television/radio personalities) has held the annual "Inner Circle Show" to satirize our mayor and various other politicians through song and dance. Proceeds from the show benefit multiple charities across NYC, chosen by the Inner Circle members. It's comedy for a cause and I was honored to have been a part of the festivities for the second year in a row.
Following the show, my family and I attended the "after party" with some of the performers and I felt like a definite celebrity mingling with them. I even ran into NJ Burkett from ABC 7 who remembered me from last year! A special thank you to Michael Scholl, who had me and my family as his guests. We had a blast!
Iber Cup Fundraiser
After the "Eggstravagant Breakfast" I stopped by a send-off party for the Miss Staten Island Organization teens and then it was time for an Iber Cup Fundraiser. What is the Iber Cup? I was wondering the same thing. Iber Cup is one of the world's largest youth football tournaments. In this case, football means soccer. A local team from right here on Staten Island will be competing in this tournament and my fabulous hair sponsor, Claudia Carucci of Zoe Salon, has been hosting fundraisers to pay for their expenses. Her son is a member of the team.
Claudia asked me to attend the event and give the team a motivational pep talk. Though I don't know much about soccer, I do know about motivation and determination, so I agreed. That night, I spoke to the boys about hard work and making dreams a reality. I could relate to them through my years of competing with a team in dance competitions. It's all about trusting each other and learning to work together. "Most importantly," I told them, "believe that it can happen, and it will." I can't wait to see how they do!
One of the greatest gifts the Miss America Organization gives to its contestants is long-lasting friendships. These friendships are not only within the miss program; they cross over into the teen program, as well. This past weekend, I joined some of my Miss New York sisters in "sending-off" our local teen contestants. This year, we have 5 girls from Staten Island who will be competing in the Miss New York's Outstanding Teen Pageant on April 11th.
We celebrated the girls at two separate parties on Saturday & Sunday. Though Charista and Ashley were unable to attend, we hope they know how much love and support they have behind them! A special thank you to Amanda and Allison who organized the second send-off. You girls are incredible!
Good luck to our "Staten Island Teens!" You will be wonderful!
If all of this happened in just two weeks, I can't wait to see what the rest of the year has in store for me! I have much more planned in the coming months and will even be hosting some fundraisers for Children's Miracle Network, Pediatric Cancer Foundation, and Cohen Children's Medical Center! Make sure to follow my Public Figure Page on Facebook to keep up with me (and see more pictures)! Thank you all for your continued support!