|The girls with the residents of the Stafford House|
On December 10th, I attended and performed at the Borough Hall Tree Lighting. Putting aside the freezing weather, it was really a fun event. Two of Santa's reindeer even made an appearance! (Thanks to the Staten Island Zoo). Children from around Staten Island came to celebrate the lighting of the tree and meet Santa. After the musical performance I helped hand out gifts along with the other titleholders.
Tonight, I was honored by the Iron Hills Civic Association for my involvement in the Staten Island community. The dinner was held at the Excelsior Grand. Along with myself the Iron Hills Civic Association honored Edward Burke, deputy borough president of Staten Island; Dr. Srinivas Duvvuri, a Staten Island cardiologist; Dr. Mark Sherman, a Staten Island orthopedic surgeon; Dr. Jamshad Wyne, president of Staten Island Heart Imaging Foundation Inc., and his wife, Andrea Wyne, Staten Island Heart Imaging executive director. It was remarkably flattering to be honored among such amazing individuals who have done so much for Staten Island. I was also able to perform a few songs, even with some minor technical difficulties! (Flexibility is key to being a titleholder.) It was an amazing night and I even planned some exciting up coming appearances!
|With Carol Benanti of the Staten Island Advance & Dr. Khalid, President of the Iron Hills Civic Association.|
|Performing with the band|
|With a fellow honoree Dr. Sherman|
|Jim Smith, Executive Director of Miss Staten Island|
|Jerry Ruggerio, President of Miss Staten Island and his wife Lori|