Saturday, November 20, 2010

11/17/10 March of Dimes at Borough Hall

After my appearance on Sunday, the executive director of the Staten Island branch of the March of Dimes, John E. Desibia invited me to another March of Dimes event. This was a proclamation ceremony by the Borough President's office to mark prematurity awareness month. I sang the National Anthem and was able to reconnect with some familiar faces from Sunday including the Finkelstein family, the ambassador family for 2011. Madison is just precious and her story is remarkable, she has far surpassed every limitation that doctors placed on her due to her prematurity.

Unfortunately I forgot my camera :( bad titleholder.

Monday, November 15, 2010

11/14/10 My first appearance... March of Dimes Fashion Show!

After celebrating into the wee hours of Sunday morning I anxiously woke up to make my first appearance as Miss Staten Island, the annual fashion show for the March of Dimes.

When I arrived at the Vanderbilt I was escorted into a beautifully decorated room with splashes of purple and was introduced to John E. Desibia, the executive director of the Staten Island branch of the March of Dimes. After briefly discussing the rundown for the morning the event started! Amanda Alicea, the new Miss Richmond County and I were introduced and interviewed a bit on stage and then I started the morning with the singing of the National Anthem, then the real fun began!

with John. E Desibia, executive director of the Staten Island branch of the March of Dimes

The 30 children that strutted their stuff in the fashion show all started their lives as premature babies. Watching them take the runway with excitement and style was nothing short of inspiring. As the children were escorted down the runway by their parents, emcee Jon Salmon described their attire and informing the audience the child's name, age, and how many days he or she spent in the NICU. The crowd warmly cheered for each child and they all visibly enjoyed their moments in the spotlight. It was beautiful to see all of the families bonded together, supporting each other. This celebration was just one of the events planned for the March of Dimes Prematurity Awareness month.

After the fashion show I was able to meet a lot of the families and take pictures with the children. It was at this point that my new title of Miss Staten Island really started to sink in. There is no greater feeling than seeing a child's face light up at the chance to chat and take a picture with you.

My first interview with NY 1 as Miss Staten Island!!

Thank you to John E. Desibia and the March of Dimes for giving me this amazing opportunity!

NY1 coverage of the event

My very first post!

Hi everyone! On Saturday, November 13th I was crowned the 45th Miss Staten Island. I have been attending the Miss Staten Island pageant since I was a little girl and always dreamed of once becoming Miss Staten Island myself. This is a realization of a dream for me, and I am elated to start my year

Here are some highlights from the pageant!

The most nerve wracking part! Swimsuit!


 Talent - Musetta's Waltz from La Boheme

On stage question