Armed Forces Veteran's Day Show, Ohio Veteran's Home

Saturday I had the pleasure to visit the largest Ohio VA Home, in Sandusky. Sure it was a long drive but well worth it. I was honored to celebrate Armed Forces Day as the emcee of this show featuring great talent from all over the state.

I was actually a "stand-in." Miss Ohio was all ready booked in Columbus at a sponsor appearance, so I filled in for her! I know she would have loved to be there because supporting our veteran's is close to her heart, and especially because of all the work she has done with the Thank You Foundation.

On the same day as my travels and the show, a friend from my freshman year of college went into surgery. Major surgery. Her best friend asked all of us "OC folk" to wear pink that day, in her honor! I wore a magenta pink dress on the way up and it just so happened the Dancing Divas brought their pink gloves!

We were asked to take pics and share them on our friends Facebook page or email them to her to show her we are thinking of her & support her! Gladly! It's the least we could do! She's an incredible young woman, living in New York & is so accomplished! **Friend update: She's doing really well. Almost back to normal!** Still sending lots of prayers her way.

I also picked up the invitations for former Miss Ohio's to our 2nd annual cocktail hour next month! They were donated by XPress Publishing & Printing in Mansfield!

I'm excited to attend the annual BBB Torch Awards luncheon tomorrow with my Ohio Partners in Character gang! I attended last year for the first time and it's a great event. The Better Business Bureau recognizes local businesses that have shown great business ethics and values and mold that into their business plans, employees, and customers.

In 2010, Lower Lights Ministries was the non-profit to be rewarded; whom Camp Sharp has been able to reach out to, to obtain girls for our one day summer camp! It is a small world after all!

Love & Blessings to you...
The other weekend was Miss Ohio Community Service and the annual Bowl-a-Thon fundraiser, in Mansfield! After our Miss Ohio partook in those activities, she scooted on down to Columbus to take me to the Make-A-Wish Foundation BIG Wish Gala at the Ohio State University stadium.

What a great event, for such a great cause!

Last year, $760,000 was raised, which was topped in 2011! Numbers are yet to be released but the puppy Becky auctioned off sold for $3,400 and the black Tahitian pearls she also wore for auction went for a whopping $4,500. Crazy thing is, the pearls were valued at nearly $17,000! Can you imagine?!

As we walked into the clear tent located on the 50 yard line of the Shoe, I hear "Roberta!" I never expected to see familiar faces at such a huge event, but sure enough! A friend of mine who is an employee at Columbus Nationwide Children's Hospital was in attendance with his "little sister." He met Jill 4 years ago when she was admitted into the hospital and they just clicked...she is now 8 years old! Jill and her brother (her real bro) liked meeting Miss Ohio, too!

There were close to 1,000 people in attendance that evening to enjoy dinner, friends, the auction, live music and meet some celebrities like Miss Ohio and Ohio State athletes. Yes...I was stupid excited to meet Aaron Craft! Craft is a point guard for the Ohio State men's basketball team! It made my night when Becky said "Come on, we're getting you a picture with him." And we did!

Here are a few photos from our time at the gala:

We also met A.J. Hawk who plays for the Green Bay Packers & Mike Nugent who kicks for the Cincinnati Bengals...among many other well-known "celebrities" and just all around great people! What a fun thing to do on our Saturday night! Thank you, Becky! ;)
My current work-out playlist includes songs like: Britney "Piece of Me", Gaga "Just Dance", Jason Derulo "Whatchya Say" and Michael Jackson "Billie Jean."

New favorite tunes to jam to while on the treadmill...Miss Ohio contestants feel free to use them! ;)

Written in the stars,
A million miles away,
A message to the main,
Seasons come and go,
But I will never change,
And I’m on my way...

"Right There" was brought to my attention thanks to my Miss Kentucky!
California & Monterey. But not Monterey, California.

Whirlwind 3 weeks indeed. Anniversary. Trip. Appearance(s).

Alas, our 2 year anniversary has come and passed. In celebration, we traveled to California. My brother-in-law & his wife live in the L.A. area. We've been itching to go out for a while now & our 2nd anniversary was a great excuse.

Disneyland was the order of the day on our first full day out there...& it was amazingly awesome! I like these adjectives & will likely use them often throughout this post. We spent fourteen hours at Disneyland! Fourteen hours! Feet hurt all over again just thinking about it.

Space Mountain, check. Pirates, check. Indiana Jones, check. Minnie Mouse, check. World of Color, check. Wonderful memories were made...including falling & skinning my knees while hiking in Malibu. Yes, scrapped knees are sexy on the Miss Ohio stage, didn't you know?!


Beach volleyball, check. Hermosa beach, check. Malibu beach, check, Santa Monica, check. Can't wait to go back! Here is my album from Facebook with loads of "Cali" pics: Escape to L.A.

Busy agenda upon the return. No time to breath.

Miss Grove City Teen pageant information session & visit to Monterey Nursing Home for National "Nursing Home/Retirement Home" Week!

I was approached by two old friends to help organize the return of the Miss Grove City Teen pageant, which will serve as a prelim to the Miss Ohio Teen USA pageant later this year. This pageant will be held June 19th, yes the day after Miss Ohio finals. Whew. That same evening Miss USA will be televised, so I will get my fill of pageantry.

I had the privilege to visit with residents at a local nursing home to help kick-off their Hollywood Week! It felt good to get back out there & mingle with my community & share my experiences...good prep for the Veteran's show I'll be a part of in a couple of weeks, too.

Here are some photos: