Sunday, June 28, 2009

And so my year as Miss Washington County continues...

Sorry for not being able to update during Miss MD week, but it was extremely hechtic! I had a fabulous time-this being my 3rd year competing for the title I will have to say that this year was the best ever!!! There were 18 other talented, beautiful and intelligent young women. When we were together, we were complete goofballs & that is what made the week so memorable. I was blessed for the 3rd year to place as a Top Ten Semi-Finalist!! Not only was it an honor to represent Washington County and have all of the Miss and Teen contestants in my county to compete, but to place in the Top Ten! There is not one thing about this week that I would change. I know that I went into the week being the most prepared and ready that I ever have been. In all honesty, it wasn't even about the competition. Going into the week knowing that I had raised over $1200 for Children's Miracle Network was in the back of my head all week! I was lucky enough to have four wonderful Princesses: Sara and Madison(my niece) have been with me for all 3 years and this year Riley and Jessica were added to my "entourage". Jessica was the little girl who was at my Zumbathon as the Miracle Child for Washington D.C.

I had a wonderful week complete with an amazing cheering section, fabulously supportive friends and family and of course by finishing as a Top Ten Semi-Finalist!!

I look forward to the rest of my year as Miss Washington County 2009!

A special Congratulations goes to my sister and Miss Washington County's Outstanding Teen, Audi, as she finished as 3rd Runner Up to Miss Maryland's Outstanding Teen 2009!!

P.S. This picture was in the paper last Sunday. There was an article showcasing the local contestants competing!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Children's Miracle Network Update

I forgot to add in my last post that my current total for the year for Children's Miracle Network is $1,202.40 !!!

I am so excited and proud!


Let the fun begin!

Tomorrow is the big day! I just returned from the gym this morning. Now it is time to start packing, yes I haven't started packing yet! Ha Ha. I am getting very excited for everything to start. We move in tomorrow at 1 pm to the theatre. Then it is off to Sign-In Ceremony at the Valley Mall. There I will crown all four of my Princesses. I am so excited to crown my Princesses. Tonight I have an appearance for the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts. It is their Take Flight Gala. I am excited for that because it is a great opportunity. I have to try and have everything done before that.
Our opening number dresses were donated by The Red Carpet Prom out of Perryville, MD. Unfortunately they just arrived!! Needless to say my seamstress is on call and ready! Ha Ha.
I better go so that I can start packing! I will try to keep this updated during Miss MD week!

Hope to make Washington County proud!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

One week till Miss Maryland Week 2009!

Things have been extremely hechtic here since the Zumbathon...

Last week was all Miss Maryland preparations! We have a lot accomplished, but there is still a lot to do in the next 6 days...I had three appearances yesterday. I started the day off at the Walk Me Home event for Washington County Foster Care and Adoptive Children. It was such a nice morning, especially because Jaime Fox was there. She was Miss Maryland 1997-that was my first year ever being involved in the Miss Maryland Organization! It is so great how things have come full circle from her competing and I was just appearing on stage at the age of 7 for my dance company, to now I am a Miss titleholder! I was able to do some face painting that morning-I am NOT the greatest artist, but I will have to say that I was quite impressed with my fancy artwork! HA HA--thank goodness for the step-by-step how to book! After that I went to the Hagerstown Airport Aviation Museum's "Wings and Wheels". I was able to go up in a small plane for a ride--I was even able to fly the plane! :-) Then I presented 41 trophies for different awards they were giving out. It went very well and I had an experience of a lifetime! I finished up my Saturday at the LuHowl for the Humane Society of Washington County. The Luau theme was great--my mom made my outfit from fabric that was originally from Hawaii 30 years ago. There was great food, prizes, music and people. I met a lot of amazing people who became friends! Today I went to the "Kruisers for Kids" at the Washington County Ag Center. The money raised benefited 2 teenagers at Williamsport that have been diagnosed with Ewings Sarcoma. It was a very well-organized event that had everything you could possibly think of. I mingled with the large crowd for most of the day-even got to ride a horse & attempt to climb a rock wall. It was also back to face painting for about an hour and a half!

I had a fabulous weekend, but I am also excited to be sitting down for a few minutes before it's back to Miss MD prep! One week! :-)



P.S. For the year, I have raised over $1000 for Children's Miracle Network!!

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Children's Miracle Network & Zumbathon

Words cannot begin to describe today! It was an absolutely wonderful event. For the first ever Washington County Zumbathon, I could not be happier. The morning started off with wonderful volunteers that arrived early to help where needed. The event wouldn't have been possible without Anita Binder. She was the savior that helped this event go off without a hitch. Without her this event wouldn't have possible (especially through everything that has happened with my grandfather). People were taking money at the door, stamping hands, selling t-shirts & raffle tickets and showing off wonderful door prizes. Without them today wouldn't have been possible. Around 10:00 am I had the greatest pleasure possible and honestly it goes down as a moment that I will treasure for a lifetime. We were able to have Jessica, the Miracle Child from Washington D.C. attend our event. She has been treated at Children's Hospital and has directly benefited from fundraisers like today! She was truly a breath of fresh air as she walked through the door. She immediately greeted me with a hug. Her ever supportive Mother, Sheila, her Aunt and brother were all in attendance. The hugs I received from them made this day all seem real. Jessica was full of energy. She just received her red belt in Kong Fu and was dancing all around the event today. Having Spinal Bifida has not set her back at all. When I took her mother and her onto the stage, I was so blessed to introduce them to everyone. Delegate Chris Shank and Senator Don Munson were also in attendance for this fabulous day and I thank them for their continued support. I presented both her mother and Jessica with Zumbathon t-shirts and flowers! Then I had the greatest pleasure of all. I presented Jessica with an old crown of mine. I crowned her using the crown that I had when I was Miss Teen Washington County 2005. I truly don't think that even touches on what her visit meant to myself and everyone at the event. We were very lucky to have Shelia talk about Jessica's illness and her connection with Children's Miracle Network. Jessica even said a few words. I can tell you one thing that 10 year old's energy put everyone's to shame at the event.

As I placed the crown on Jessica's head today, I thought to myself: this is what it is all about. It isn't about how many shirts we sold, how many vendors came or even if we were to raise thousands of dollars...It was all about Jessica and thousands of children like her all over the country. I know today the money we raised will be used at over 170 Children's Miracle Network hospitals in the United States. I am so pleased to have met such a deserving young girl and her fabulous family. She is truly an inspiration to all! I hope to keep in touch with her as she grows and matures--that little girl is going places!

We do not have a final count from today but regardless I know that I put a smile on one little girl's face and to me that means much more. I know it was a successful event and I will be happy with however much money is sent to Children's Miracle Network.

With preparations for Miss MD now in full swing I know what I will keep close to my heart that entire week. I will remember Jessica and her loving family. I will remember having the honor to meet her. I will remember passing along a special piece of me to her. I will remember the smile on that little girl's face as she received the crown and danced her little heart away during the Zumbathon. Whether I am lucky enough to win Miss Maryland or not, today has meant the world to me and I am so lucky to be Miss Washington County 2009!


Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Getting So Excited...

Things have been so busy around the Colombo household lately. Audi is finishing up her sophomore year of high school tomorrow & we are both trying to get ready for states. On top of that, there is of course the Zumbathon. I am so excited about the event this Saturday. There are so many little surprises throughout the day. We have had a lot of good feedback on the event and I am very much looking forward to seeing how many people come out. There is going to be a special presentation at 10 a.m., but you must come to find out what it is about! :-)
My Grandfather is going to be discharged tomorrow from the hospital. We are very excited about this. He is definitely not back up to 100%, but with therapy he is on his way. He has been in for over 25 days now! It is truly hard to believe.
Miss Maryland preparations are going very well. The dance is complete & being perfected as we speak. Wardrobe has been sent to the seamstress. I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of my swimsuit from Winnwear-the official swimsuit sponsor for Miss Maryland this year! We are also waiting to hear that our opening number dresses have come in. I think it is a matter of putting all of the final pieces together! I am very excited to once again be representing Washington County. With this being my hometown, it is that much more special to me!!

I will try to keep you updated as things come along! Don't forget to plan your Saturday around ZUMBATHON!!