Monday, June 29, 2015

"Special Olympics Minnesota Summer Games" By Nicole Doyle

 

This past weekend I was invited to attend the Special Olympics Summer Games! I had so much fun dressing up “goofy” with people of all ages. My favorite part of this event was hearing what events everyone competed in and how he or she did in their events.

 
I also enjoyed being able to help everyone pick out his or her outfit, and of course taking a memorable photo at the end!

 


 

I had such a blast and cannot wait to join the Special Olympics once again next year!

 


Sending smiles your way,

 

Miss Teen Minnesota International Nicole Doyle

 

 

 

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

"Mrs. Appearance Tradition: AccessAbility" by Kate Howe



A fun tradition the “Mrs.” Minnesota appears at is the Walk & Roll-a-Thon put on by AccessAbility.  The mission of AccessAbility is to provide opportunities for self-sufficiency for people with barriers to employment and community inclusion.  As a result of their training and programs, they serve nearly 600 participants annually at individual work sites and in work crews at business sites at their three locations. 


I was able to cheer on the walkers and runners at the start and finish line and talk with some of the dedicated and passionate staff.  I was also able to talk with the sponsors and participants.  One participant in particular was very entertaining.  He told me jokes for about 15 minutes – it was very entertaining and funny!  J


I was formally introduced to the crowd and was given the microphone to talk about my platform.  The crowd was very responsive and supportive.  I received many congratulations and hugs.  It was a very sweet appearance and I left with a big smile on my face.  I sincerely hope the next “Mrs.” can continue this tradition.

 

Love Traditions!!

Mrs. Minnesota International 2015

Kate Howe

 


Monday, June 8, 2015

" Pretty in Pink Fashion Show" by Kate Howe



 


I was a special guest at the recent “Pretty in Pink” Fashion Show supporting breast cancer.  I was treated like royalty with a gold sequin dress made just for me by the very talented MiMi Nguyen, Director of LPF Projects.  I even had a special seat up front! 

 



The event was centered on raising money and awareness towards breast cancer.  Everyone knows someone, either once or twice removed who has been affected.  Unfortunately, breast cancer runs in my family on my father’s side.  My grandma had a lump removed and my aunt has done an amazing job fighting breast cancer.  Listening to her stories and hearing the details about her surgeries is always heart breaking.  She is so strong and such a fighter.  She is one of the lucky ones though, who was able to catch it in its early stages. 

 


I was able to get up in front of the audience and share my family’s story and talk about how important it was for all of us to be there supporting the cause and our loved ones.  They also had breast cancer survivor, Anna Jones, tell the audience her story and share advice.  I know that took a lot of courage and she did a fantastic job.

 


The fashion show itself was unbelievable.  The different designers and their looks were simply amazing.  I felt like we were sitting at fashion week in New York City.  Each look was very unique, accenting bright colors just the right way.  The model’s hair and makeup was also stunning complementing the beautiful outfits.  It was truly a wonderful evening. 

 

 

Never Stop Fighting

Mrs. Minnesota International 2015

Kate Howe