I've always loved (and believed in) the Miss America program. Did you know that it is the single largest source of scholarship funds for women in the world? Bet you didn't.
This year, Miss America makes her triumphant return to network television. Disney partner ABC will televise the 90th annual pageant, live from Planet Hollywood hotel and casino in Las Vegas.
In the interest of full disclosure, my family and I are former local Executive Directors. We're proud to have some of the most amazing women as part of our pageant family, including (but not limited to) Miss Ohio 2004 Amanda Beagle.
As part of Value City Furniture's partnership with Miss America, Caressa Cameron was here in Columbus to kick off the campaign. She hosted a public "meet and greet" tonight at the flagship store on Sawmill Road. Of course, I wasn't about to miss a chance to meet her!
Caressa could not have been a more lovely and gracious young woman. My daughter was completely star-struck!
My stepdaughter enjoyed clowning around with Caressa, and talked about her Halloween costume.
The girls were also lucky enough to meet Katie Stam, the former Miss America from Indiana.
It was a fun night, and my excitement for the finals (televised on ABC on January 15, 2011 at 9:00 PM EST) is renewed. Hurray!