With inches, upon inches of snow on the ground, I think it is safe to say it is beginning to look a lot like Christmas! This is my favorite time of year and as I keep reiterating, I have so many blessings this holiday season to be thankful for, and the title of Miss Wayne County is one of them.
With the last three weeks being a whirlwind with WDIV Local 4, I have not had time toreflect upon my last few appearances, which I want to make note of. On November 29th, I had the privilege of volunteering at The Pink Door. The Pink Door is a non profit breast imaging funding resource for the uninsured and underserved that is focused on providing quality breast imaging at locations convenient to the women and men they serve. It was wonderful to have Samantha Steckloff, Miss Oakland County 2007, there to share in the holiday festivities. She is a remarkable young woman that our organization is lucky to have!
A few days later, December 1st, was the 41st annual Wayne-Westland Junior Miss Program. This is where my pageant journey truly began, and it is always so heart warming going back each year to the show. America's Junior Miss is the oldest and largest scholarship program for high school senior girls in the nation, awarding nearly $90 million in cash scholarships since its establishment. Junior Miss strives to give every young woman the opportunity to further her education and prepare for a successful future, which is exactly what it did for me. I am so proud to congratulate Raven Rickard, Wayne- Westland's Junior Miss 2008. Raven is the daughter of my lifelong dance instructor and is very deserving of the title. I will be there rooting for her at the state level in March! I also want to congratulate Carol Baker on her first and successful year as the WWJM director.
The weeks following Junior Miss were consumed with training at WDIV; however, I was able to squeeze in a very important appearance benefiting Children's Miracle Network. On Friday, December 14th, I joined Kirsten Haglund, Miss Michigan 2007 along with several other local titleholders at a Radio/Telethon for Devos Children's Hospital. It was wonderful seeing our beautiful Miss Michigan once again before she heads off to represent our state at Miss America. I truly cannot wait to go to Las Vegas to cheer her on. She is an exceptional representative that we should all be very proud of. Volunteering at this event was extremely touching. Listening to callers tell their stories about how CMN has impacted their child's life really put things in perspective for me. The partnership between CMN and MAO can create incredible opportunities for deserving children in our state. I want to thank Devos and Shelley Taylor for extending this invite to me.
Appearances are now winding down for the holidays. I do have an exciting month planned for January, which includes working the Auto Show and going to Miss America. I want to wish you all a happy and healthy holiday season, as well as a happy new year!