By Catherine Kavanaugh, Daily Tribune Staff Writer
Red Cross says 1.3 million in Haiti settlements need assistance.
TROY — The largest single-country relief operation in the history of the American Red Cross started after a 35-second earthquake leveled a part of Haiti on Jan. 12, destroying buildings and lives that will take years to rebuild.
Relief efforts continue and a benefit called Dancing with our Local Stars planned for Saturday will help the agency take more steps to assist 1.3 million victims displaced by the 7.3-magnitude earthquake.
"We're still focusing on core needs, things like tarps and ropes for temporary housing, pots and pans for cooking, water and sanitation," said Andrea Tomaszewski, spokesperson for the Southeastern Michigan chapter of the American Red Cross.
The agency also is collecting money to build latrines in settlements and immunize inhabitants against malaria.
"Too many people still live under blankets and strings," Tomaszewski said. "Conditions remain really inadequate. We're setting up health care facilities and vaccination campaigns to prevent secondary problems."
Janet Blair, president of Successfully Single, Inc., said she wanted to support the cause by organizing a memorable evening for area singles and couples.
"We've had a wonderful response so far," said Blair, adding that almost 500 of the 750 tickets for the fundraiser have been sold.
The 7 p.m. event at the San Marino Club, 1685 E. Big Beaver Road, Troy, features performances by professional dancers, including Miss Michigan Nicole Blaszczyk doing the routine that won her the talent competition at Miss America, a dance competition with television news and radio reporters, and dancing for attendees to music by Steve King & The Dittilies.
Miss Michigan visited Take Five on Tuesday, ahead of her appearances at the West Michigan Women's Expo.
The talent competition can be one of the most entertaining aspects of any pageant. But what does it take to prepare a winning talent presentation? Join Valerie as she talks with Miss America 2010 Talent Award winners Miss California, Kristy Cavender, Miss Michigan, Nicole Blaszczyk, and Top 5 pianist, Miss Louisiana, Katherine Putnam about what it takes to get a big score during the talent competition. We'll talk about balancing your talent technique with audience appeal and the difference between a local competition and winning at the national level. You'll learn everything you need to know to wow the judges at you next pageant competition!
Pageant Talk Radio: Miss Michigan Nicole Blaszczyk
Nicole tells the story of how her dancing lead her into pageants. She also shares the story behind her risky Miss America routine, and gives advice on how to stay focused during the chaos of pageant week, as well as making the most of your 90-second routine.
Dancing with our Local Stars — a benefit for the American Red Cross Haiti Earthquake Relief — is 7 p.m. to midnight Saturday, March 13 at the San Marino Club, 1685 E. Big Beaver in Troy.
Local celebrity appearances include: Nicole Blaszczyk (Miss Michigan), Lila Lazarus (TV personality), Eric Hipple (ex-NFL quarterback), Heather Zara (WDIV traffic reporter), Natalie Sentz (WDIV reporter), Ryan Field (Fox Sports Detroit reporter), Jeannette Greco Pawlowski (Mrs. Michigan), Deena Centofanti (Fox 2 health reporter), Dr. Michael Gray (renowned cosmetic surgeon), Damara Anderson (WWJ producer and reporter), John Poppeo (WDIV photo journalist), Scott Lusader (former Detroit Tiger), and more.
The benefit will include a dance competition with local celebrities, a dance showcase by professional dancers, general dancing throughout the evening to live entertainment by the Steve King & the Dittilies, an hors d’oeuvre buffet with a cash bar, a silent auction and an opportunity for you to dance with a local star — 100 percent of proceeds from the auction and the dance with the celebrity will go to the American Red Cross to support its Disaster Relief Fund. Admission is $25 per person. Everyone is welcome, singles and married couples.
The event is open seating unless you purchase a table of 10.
Advanced reservations are required at www.successfullysingle.org
248-289-6406.The Oakland Press
By OSKAR GARCIA
LAS VEGAS -- TLC has chosen to not renew its television contract with the Miss America pageant, ending the event's run on the cable network after three years.
TLC declined to say Monday why it was cutting ties with the show, which attracted 4.5 million viewers in January, the best showing for the pageant ever on cable.
Sam Haskell, chairman of the Miss America Organization, told The Associated Press that TLC chose not to pick up a three-year option to renew the contract and wanted to renegotiate a new deal for less money and fewer years.
Haskell says four networks, ranging from broadcast to cable channels, have expressed strong interest in airing the pageant.
AP Television Writer Frazier Moore contributed to this report from New York.