Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Miss New York-Day Two

We began our busy day volunteering for Habitat for Humanity. I went with half of the girls to the restoration site where we painted, fixed up furniture, and baked cookies. My task was to paint the top section of the wall, and the only way to get there was by climbing up the scaffolding. I also worked with my predecessor, Jen Scacco, on fixing the doors of a cabinat. I had never worked with Habitat before, so it was exciting to have this opportunity to get involved with the organization.

We cleaned up during lunch and headed to the Capital, our second appearance of the day. We had photo ops on the million dollar staircase and met with many of our District Assembly Members and State Senators. I had the chance to talk with my local politicians: Assemblyman Matthew Titone (61st District), Assemblyman Lou Tobacco (62nd District), Assemblyman Michael Cusick (63rd District), and State Senator Diane Savino (23rd District). I even ran into Assemblywoman Janele Hyer-Spencer (60th District) as she was rushing to the meeting. We were honored by being introducted on the floor of the Assembly. During the introduction, I remember looking around the room at all the smiling faces of the Assembly thinking about how proud they were of us. Having this opportunity to represent them at the Miss New York Pageant is truely remarkable.

Our last appearance for the day was with Girls, Inc, a non-profit organization that empowers girls to pursue their dreams and become leaders of tomorrow. They asked us some great questions about the Miss America Organization and even got to try on our crowns and sashes.

Back to the Community Center for dinner and our first rehearsal with the fabulous Kent. Opening number=complete and looking amazing! Can't wait to work on the rest of the show!