Monday, February 29, 2016

" MusicLink Foundation" by Lillie Imm



 

Play on!  I had fun at the MusicLink Foundation Playathon fundraiser at the Mall of America.  I was honored to be included again this year along with about 250 other kids.  I loved hearing all the talented kids from Minnesota play for a great cause!  

MusicLink provides reduced rate lessons and instruments to children with musical potential throughout Minnesota and the nation.  MusicLink has helped over 6000 children nationwide.   Those students have an impressive 99% college rate with many receiving musical scholarships! 

If you are interested in learning more, participating in the playathon next year, or would like to make a donation, please click this link:  http://www.musiclinkfoundation.org/index.php4

                              
 

                                               
Isn’t it exciting that the Minnesota International Pageant is moving to the Twin Cities this year?  I hope to see you on April 30th!

 Lillie 

Lillie Imm, Miss Pre-teen Minnesota International 2015

 

 

 

Sunday, February 14, 2016

" Professional Women's Network" By Alexis Adu-Bobi




            I had the great pleasure of speaking at the Professional Women’s Network in Duluth. It is an organization of entrepreneurial women in the Duluth community. It is a place to network and get to know the leading women of the Northland. It was such an honor to be their speaker for the month. I was able to share my journey with them as Miss Minnesota International.  It was so great to connect with the women within the community and learn about their different professions and businesses. I love events where women empower other women.


 


            The Professional Women’s Network is an organization that is very dear to my heart. I had my very first speaking event almost two years ago with this organization. It was the first time I decided to be honest about my past and I had received such wonderful reception from everybody. It was so rewarding to see how time has made a difference.  I am so thankful I have been able to share my story and my journey with these wonderful women. It has been great to work with them and make a difference in our community.

 

Peace, Love, and Blessings

 

Alexis Adu-Bobi

Miss Minnesota International 2015

Saturday, February 6, 2016

"Why We Go Red" by Kate Howe

 

The International Pageant’s official platform is the American Heart Association’s GO RED FOR WOMEN campaign.  The red dress has become the iconic symbol of the battle against heart disease and stroke in women.  When it comes to beating heart disease and stroke, change can be the cure and February is American Heart Month.  Heart disease is the number one leading cause of death in the U.S., causing one in three deaths among women each year. 


Education is key!  Over 80% of cardiac and stroke events can be prevented with education and action.  Below is a list of the five things you can do to help prevent heart disease:

(1)    Know your numbers – understand your numbers so you know your risk and can measure your progress as you take steps to change your odds.

(2)    Follow doctor’s orders – whether it’s a prescribed medication or regimen, you should follow your doctor’s orders.

(3)    Get a move on – exercise is one of the most important things you can do change your odds.  Simple changes like walking and taking the stairs can make a huge difference.

(4)    Tweak what you eat – make every bite count!  Choose small portions of lean protein, fresh fruit, vegetables and whole grain instead of crash diets and junk food.

(5)    Quit smoking – even if you’ve been a heavy smoker most of your life, you can significantly reduce your risk of heart disease by quitting smoking.


Sweating. Pressure. Nausea. Jaw pain.  Believe it or not, these are all symptoms of a heart attack in women.  They are also symptoms that women often brush off as the flu, stress of simply feeling under the weather – which could put their lives in jeopardy.  Heart disease is the number 1 killer of women, which is why it is so important to know the warning signs. 





I have had the opportunity to attend many American Heart Association events throughout my year including black tie galas, walks and luncheons.  At every event you hear incredible stories that touch your heart from the little girl who had open heart surgery at 2 weeks old to the surgeon who chose that line of work because they lost their parents to heart disease. 

Go Protect that Heart and Share the Warning Signs!

Your 2015 Mrs. Minnesota International

Kate Howe