Over $20K Scholarship Awarded
January 8, 2023. Orlando, Fla. - The B4ACUSA Foundation announces successful fundraising efforts facilitating over $20,000 in scholarships awarded during the most recent national awards ceremonies. Ambassadors for the pageant raised awareness and funding for these causes throughout the fall, leading up to the national pageant that took place on January 4-8 in Orlando.
On January 5, over 120 guests gathered at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando to support the Still She Rose mental health initiative during the official Beauties for a Cause USA charity gala. The event included a presentation by former Miss Earth USA Andreia Gibau and Still She Rose author Laura Ashley Cliff. Attendees were encouraged to wear floral theme formalwear. The organization distributed rose seed packs, encouraging attendees to return home and plant rose bushes in memory of Cheslie Kryst. Finally, a record-setting 44 Beauties for a Cause scholarship finalists were recognized.
During the week-long national program, state ambassadors were able to experience the Still She Rose pilot program, including daily reflection, a stress reduction workshop, yoga led by HOTWORX instructors, and the post-pageant celebration and awards brunch featuring a presentation by Miss Earth 2020 Lindsey Coffey.
Remaining steadfast in the organization's mission, environmental efforts were prioritized during national events, including a collaboration with Keep Orlando Beautiful and The Clean Earth Project, removing over 220 pounds of trash from Orlando parks. The Teen delegates bonded together to create and model their own unique eco fashion from donated clothing and textile scraps. Delegates took home eco friendly gifts from Garbo Grabber, 4Ocean, Create Your Cove, Queenly, Executive Reign, as well as distribution of logo water bottles, reusable tote bags, and other items.
Through the People's Choice fundraiser on the Pageant Planet platform, 24 ambassadors were awarded a position in the upcoming second annual charity swimsuit calendar, in partnership with Rosen Hotels, The Code Creatives and Vizcaya Swimwear.
Throughout the year, each Ambassador fulfilled an independent community project, an initiative entitled "Think Global Act Local." These projects were factored into the selection of scholarship recipients for B4ACUSA Foundation grants. Corporate gifts allowed for special scholarship awards selected by those companies or gifted directly to those selected as national ambassadors.
Learn more at www.b4acusa.org.
SPECIAL AWARD RECIPIENTS
Highest Fundraiser - Mikala Joly, Idaho
Highest Fundraiser - Chelsea Roberts, Utah
Highest Fundraiser - Nicole Sandrik, New York
Best in Think Global Act Local - Kylie Klunder, Michigan
Best in Think Global Act Local - Ava Smith, Georgia
Best in Think Global Act Local - Dana Arrieta, Arizona
Still She Rose Impact Award - Maggie Lemay, New Hampshire
B4AC Official Scholarship - $1,500 - Madison Edwards, Alaska
B4AC Official Scholarship - $1,000 - Camille Buss, Rhode Island
B4AC Official Scholarship - $500 - Jessica Woodall, Tennessee
B4AC Official Scholarship - $500 - Danielle Mullins, Kentucky
B4AC Official Scholarship - $500 - Emilee Koch, Pennsylvania
B4AC Official Scholarship - $350 - Kailee Albeck, Illinois
B4AC Official Scholarship - $350 - Oliviana Keith, South Carolina
B4AC Official Scholarship - $350 - Jaanavi Dixit, Minnesota
Still She Rose Grant - $500 - Chelsea Roberts, Utah
Media Star - $150 - Victoria Chavez, Texas
People's Choice - $500 - Audrey Cass, Missouri
People's Choice - $500 - Sophia Rockmore, California
People's Choice - $250 - Anastasia Arrieta, Arizona
People's Choice - $250 - Madison Santiago, Arizona
People's Choice - $150 - Dakota Degenhardt, Florida
People's Choice - $150 - Jaanavi Dixit, Minnesota
Alexia Academic Consulting - $1,500 - Isabella Lamkin, Kansas
Alexia Academic Consulting - $1,500 - Renieal Campbell, Pennsylvania
Alexia Academic Consulting Entrepreneur Grant - $300 - Torianna Wilson, Alabama
Rosen Centre Scholarship - $5,000 - Winner of Miss Earth USA
Queenly Scholarship - $2,500 - Winner of Teen Miss Earth USA
B4ACUSA Scholarship - $2,500 - Winner of Teen Miss Earth USA
NATIONAL AMBASSADOR SELECTIONS
Danielle Mullins, Kentucky
Ann Pennington, New Jersey
Tayan Stansfield, Kentucky
Shawna Melvin, Maryland
Natalia Aldarondo, Florida
Angel Strong, Nebraska
Gracie Pfaff, Tennessee
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