Monday my inbox was graced with the latest addition of the Miss Ohio Applause newsletter.
It confirms that Miss Ohio will remain in Mansfield for at least the next three years. While dates for the pageant were not listed, Spring Forum is slated for April 9th and 10th, 2011.
Other new dates:
Saturday March 19th - Miss Greater Butler County
Saturday March 26th - Miss Ohio Sweeps
Like last year, Sweeps will give up to six crowns at two pageants taking place in one day; one competition will be held at 4 p.m. with the second at 7 p.m.
The newsletter always lists the current Miss Ohio board. They are: Executive Director Steven Oliveri, President Mark Schnitkey, 1st Vice President Gloria Buwala, 2nd Vice President Holly Campbell-Bradley, Secretary Sue Swinehart, Treasurer Tim O'Guinn, Kay Hall, Pat Anthony, Ami Boley, Kim Kanary, Jay Jesensky, John Kunkle and Outstanding Teen Chair Drena McCurdy.
In other news, the board has launched "The Miss Ohio Higher Education Partner Program" with the goal of securing in-kind scholarships from Ohio's many colleges and universities. If you have any contacts to help this endeavor, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get ready to be bombarded by DSW! The newsletter states that Miss America is "presented by" the shoe store. They're also sponsoring the "DSW Show Me Your Shoe Parade." The iconic parade ended in 2005 when the pageant moved from Atlantic City to Las Vegas. This year it will be hosted by Robin Leach at the Arc de Triomphe at Paris Las Vegas on Friday January 14th, 2011. I have read elsewhere that it will not be an actual automobile and float parade; rather the contestants will walk, holding their decorated shoe.
The newsletter includes an order form for Miss America T-shirts and buttons supporting Miss Ohio Becky Minger. You must order by December 31st, or if you'd like to pick up your items at Becky's Send-off party you must order by December 6th.
Speaking of... The Miss Ohio Send-off party is Saturday December 18th from 5 - 8 p.m. at Highland Meadows Golf Club in Sylvania. The cost is $25 per person and RSVPs must be made by December 10th to Sue Swinehart at 59 N. 21st Street Newark Ohio 43055. SueS@missohio.org
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