I am so thankful for living in the South, and having such beautiful weather! Since the Azalea Festival, I’ve continued to stay busy not only with appearances, but I have finished my first year of graduate school at NC State University…whew! April 14th, I helped with a ribbon cutting at the new Candlewood Suites Hotel. They asked me to sing the National Anthem and cut the cake! How could I say no to that?
At the Candlewood Suites!
Work Weekend was April 15-16. I was fortunate enough to draw lucky number 24! I’m in group C, and will have Evening gown/On Stage Question on Tuesday night, Swimsuit on Wednesday, and Talent on Thursday night. As you are all aware, devastating storms roared through the state that weekend and caused severe damage. During Work Weekend, we were rushed to the basement of the Raleigh Convention Center where we waited for the tornado warning to expire. Work Weekend was postponed for two weeks as the hotel and Convention Center were without power. Thank goodness everyone was okay! This is just another reason to become “Red Cross Ready” in the event of a tornado or other natural disaster!
With Adrienne at Work Weekend!
With Elizabeth, about to draw contestant numbers!
Sarah Wallace and me.
Tuesday, April 19th, I was asked to be a special guest at an Eastern North Carolina Gamecock Club meeting. Although I’m not a USC fan, I felt like an honorary Gamecock after leaving!
Thank you Mr. Hedgecoe!
I may be a little biased, but I think I live in the best town in North Carolina, and the U.S. Fayetteville citizens are so proud to live in a diverse community, and are eager to help those in need. Immediately after the tornados swept through the state, the American Red Cross was ready to work! Sunday after Work Weekend, I volunteered at a busy Highland’s Chapter Red Cross office. So many were stepping up to be trained in Disaster Relief, and how to properly help victims and their families.
Wednesday, April 20th was an incredibly long 13-hour day. The American Red Cross, Salvation Army, and United Way had a huge drive for money, clothing, food and other items for victims of the tornados. I held the water jug full of money, and graciously thanked donors for their generous donation to help those in need. One little boy, Aaron, gave up his Easter Basket to a child who lost their home. Children were giving their piggy banks full of their savings to help. It is amazing how everyone can make a difference with a few pennies or a few dollars. The money donated is used to help pay for lodging, food, and clothing for victims.
With Victoria, ED for the Highlands Chapter of the Red Cross, and Board Member Dr. O!
Being interviewed on abc11!
Congressman Kissel stopped by!
Where would the world be without volunteers?
Thank you for your generous donation!
She gave her savings!
Thank you to the Omega's!
April 22nd, I judged the Roseboro Salemburg Middle School Talent show!
Sarah Wallace and me!
Miss Spivey's Corner and Miss Fayetteville with Carolina Princesses!
Friday, April 29th I took a trip to Ft. Bragg to thank soldiers who raised $600 for the tornado relief for the Highland’s Chapter. These soldiers also helped to clean debris from homes. Our military really is wonderful!!
Thank you AIT!
With heroes from all over the country!
Thank you on behalf of the American Red Cross!
Laughing about something...
Spring in Fayetteville brings one thing to mind–the Fayetteville Dogwood Festival! I was excited to be a part of the Hogs and Rags charity drive at the Cape Fear Harley Davidson with the Dogwood Queens!
I picked one out...
WIth the Mayor.
Former Senator Rand and the DA, Billy West!
That evening was the continuation of Work Weekend! The Princess Party was a BLAST! I was even able to pull Mr. Raymond out on the floor!
Two Miss Fayetteville's
Shagging with Raymond!
WIth Adrienne and Brittney!
Friday, May 6th I was asked to sing at an Air Force Officer Commissioning Ceremony. What an honor!
Before the ceremony.
The Fayetteville Duck Derby was May 7th. This event gives folks the opportunity to purchase rubber duckies to put in the Cape Fear River to race. The winner gets a brand new car! No, sadly my duck didn’t win!
Duck, Duck, GOOSE!
With Elizabeth and our new friend, Riley.
Look what I found!
Slither the Burmese Python
Red Cross table at Fayetteville Duck Derby!
Ready for the race!
Love the Dogwood Girls!
That evening, I was asked to judge the Miss Hobbton Sweetheart Pageant!
With the new queen and her court!
Tuesday, May 10th, I visited Union Middle School where students fundraised for Japan Disaster Relief. They raised over $600!!
Wednesday, May 11th, I visited Ben Martin Elementary School with Truman and Kidsville. The Ben Martin Elementary building was destroyed from the tornados in the area, so children were spread throughout the county to place them in classrooms.
Ben Martin Elementary First Graders!
Truman is a ham!
Thursday, May 12, Truman and I visited District 7 Elementary Pre-K, Kindergarten, and First Graders! They are BIG Kidsville News fans!
Visiting District 7 Elementary!