Update - August 4, 2014:
So first of all I just want to thank all of you who helped me reach my goal of $900!!! Y'all are so generous and amazing and I'm so fortunate to have such great family and friends!! I'm now able to pay the fees to the pageant company and can now start saving up for other pageant expenses.
I've slowly relayed the news to friends and family, but just in case y'all didn't know, I'm the official representative of my town of Cabot, AR in the Miss Arkansas USA 2015 State pageant!! This is the preliminary for the Miss USA Pageant owned by Donald Trump and NBC.
When I was younger I always loved watching Miss USA on TV. I've always dreamed of joining a pageant but growing up I never had the confidence to. At this point in my life, I feel that I am finally comfortable in my own skin and have decided to give it a shot. I don't want to go through life wondering "what if"... After all, you only regret that chances you didn't take, right?
I am still currently pursuing a Business Management Degree. I've accumulated a 3.75 GPA during my past few semesters at ASU Beebe. This pageant offers many opportunities to further one's career here in Arkansas. I'm hoping to use the tools and knowledge of the mentors that will be provided to us in this pageant to better myself as a person. As I grow toward my mid-20's, I want to be a well-rounded individual and experience what I can during this time.
I also want to be able to help out in our community. It is so often taught to us in church that "Whenever you possibly can, do good to those who need it." (Proverbs 3:27 TEV) When you get the ball rolling, its amazing what can be accomplished through team work in bettering our environment.
Now onto the purpose of this page. Each pageant contestant is required to pay a mandatory fee of $1095, $195 for registration and a $900 sponsorship fee. We are supposed to raise the $900 from businesses, friends & family. This is where I am asking for y'alls help! This fee does not cover any extra expenses such as evening gown, swimsuit, etc. There is absolutely NO OBLIGATION for you to donate, but any amount given will mean so much to me to help me get to Miss Arkansas USA. My top 12 highest donations will be listed in the program book under my sponsors!!
If you are a business, your donation could come from your advertisting budget, and be utilized as a business tax-deduction.
I am definitely the underdog in this pageant because it is the first one I am competing in. Not to mention I'm also the smallest contestant! I hope to break these pageant stereotypes and prove that anyone can fulfill their dreams as long as you work hard enough for them and have faith in yourself, and especially in God, because I really believe that He has given me this opportunity for a reason.
Once again, thank you so much for your time! If you could take a second to share this page with your friends and family, I would greatly appreciate it!
"Angelica Deguzman Warrick"
If you would like to see the other contestants, just search "Miss Arkansas USA" in the search box. =)
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