Wednesday, December 15, 2010

PAGEANT READY DAY PRESS RELEASE

Press release

December 15, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MICHIGAN PAGEANTS INC PRESENTS THE THIRD ANNUAL

PAGEANT READY DAY

DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO WIN?

January 8, 2011, 2-6PM

Pittsfield Township Building 6201 West Michigan Avenue, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Just curious or already in it to win it—you’ll find the answers to all your questions right here! This informative event is open to contestants of all levels and systems. Fitness, beauty, makeup, wardrobe, and interview skills are just a few of the areas supported by this year’s exhibitors.

Join Mrs. Michigan America 2010 Stephanie Hunt and her very special guests

Nicole Blaszczyk Miss Michigan 2009

Nicole Palmer Ms. World International Inaugural Queen

Lauren Monahan Ms. World International Inaugural Ambassador

Brenna Danielson Miss Michigan High 2011

Featuring

Heidi Scheer & Pageant Couture

The Sayeg Plastic Surgery Center

Jewelry by Sassy South

Lowell Johannson Speech Coach for Mrs. Michigan America & Miss USA Rima Fakih

Fitness Expert Michelle Butler

Makeup by Sigal & Hair Extension Specialist Charles McGhee

Thousands in free service giveaways & Demos

Gowns Galore – we know you’ll find the perfect one!!

Titleholders $25/Non-titleholders $30

This event benefits NORD & Rare Disease Awareness

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Stephanie Hunt is Mrs. Michigan America 2010 and the winner of 7 major titles including Mrs. United States 2007. For additional information regarding Mrs. Michigan America 2010, or A Pageant Ready Day please contact Stephanie@stephanie-hunt.com. You may also contact Stephanie directly at 734-945-4470 for vendor or exhibitor availability.


Tuesday, December 7, 2010

COUNTDOWN TO RARE DISEASE DAY 2011

Time hurries by when you're fighting a good fight!!  As Rare Disease Day 2011 comes closer we hope you'll join us this year as we celebrate and promote Awareness and Support for those families and victims suffering with a Rare Disease.


If you have just a minute or two, please stop by and 

Thank you,
Many Blessings
Stephanie

Monday, November 29, 2010

SANTALAND PARADE

Brrrrrrrrr...it was only 32 chilly degrees but the turn out was great. There were a lot of rosy cheeked little ones along the route just waiting for Santa to arrive. I don't know who was more excited -- the kids, the parents, grandparents...or me!! We all had a good time.



Darryl's car was just awesome! It was all Muscle! Thanks for the ride Darryl. And Thank you Madalyn, our Michigan Poultry Queen it was fun chatting as we waved to the crowd together.



(sneaking a little sitdown in Santa's Big Chair:)

I am looking forward to Christmas...what a way to start out the Season of Joy!

Love Stephanie

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Miss Black & Gold

This is a favorite event for me.  I'll be Co-Hosting the 2010 Miss Black & Gold Pageant at Eastern Michigan University on December 2.

Garden City Fun

This is going to be a lot of fun -- I do love a parade!!!
The Garden City Santaland Parade starts at 10AM -- hope to see you there.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

RUNNING FOR RESEARCH

I wanted to let you know about a recent fundraising effort by two very special women.  Amelia Polkowski Barrons is my son Donnie’s teacher in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Amelia and her sister Ann decided to raise money for the National Organization for Rare Disorders by running the Detroit Marathon on Sunday October 16th.  Through donations and sponsorship they were able to raise just over $500 for Rubenstein Taybi Research.  Ann finished in 4 hours and 5 minutes and Amelia was close behind with a time of 4 hours and 20 minutes.


A PAGEANT READY DAY IS BACK

So excited!! 


MICHIGAN PAGEANTS INC PRESENTS THE THIRD ANNUAL
PAGEANT READY DAY
DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO WIN?

You’ll find the answers to all your questions right here! This informative event is open to contestants of all levels and systems. Fitness, beauty, makeup, wardrobe, and interview skills are just a few of the areas supported by this year’s exhibitors. Join Mrs. Michigan America 2010 Stephanie Hunt and special guests Heidi Scheer and Lowell Johannsen, as they share their secrets to winning in the world of pageantry.

January 8, 2011
2-6
Pittsfield Township Building
6201 West Michigan Avenue
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Titleholders 25$
Non Titleholders 30$

Stephanie Hunt is Mrs. Michigan America 2010 and the winner of 7 major titles including Mrs. United States 2007. Rubicon Management’s Lowell Johannsen is coach to both Miss USA 2010 Rima Fakih and Stephanie. Heidi Scheer has been creating winning wardrobes for local, state, and national winners for over 16 years.

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For additional information regarding Mrs. Michigan America 2010, or A Pageant Ready Day please contact Stephanie@stephanie-hunt.com. Call 734-945-4470 for vendor or exhibitor availability.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Esteemed Women of Michigan























Being included here is a great honor -- what accomplished Women!  I'm looking forward to meeting everyone.

Friday, August 27, 2010

GRILLING FOR CHARITY!



Grilling for Charity! It was hotter than hot in Ann Arbor on August 10th at the Mongolian BBQ Fundraising event for the National Association of Music Education. MENC is the National Platform of Mrs. America and truly a great cause with its continued efforts to bring…and keep music education in our schools.





I have a new found appreciation for the cooks working that giant grill. It’s really a workout in disguise!! They are constantly in motion and the heat is intense. I think I lost five pounds that night…. LOL not a bad thing when you have a swimsuit competition at Mrs. America coming up!.





I'd like to thank everyone who came out to support us in our efforts to raise funds for MENC and a special thank you to Annette Kelly, Mrs. Oakland County for joining me.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

RTS FAMILY CONFERENCE JULY 22-23, 2010

The Link we share...

Speaking at the RTS Conference in Covington, Kentucky in July was an enlightening and inspirational event. Even though I know from first hand experience that there are other families out there that share the same experience as we do with Donnie, it was wonderful to meet and talk with parents from all over – even some from other countries – as over 100 families participated. I remember what it was like the first time I made real contact with other parents of an RTS child; the sense of relief, of recognition…that there was someone else who knew what was going on inside me; inside the four walls we called home and had experienced the same hurdles and highpoints that we had experienced. Sharing my own story and getting to know them …especially the Moms… was very moving for me. It gave me that feeling deep inside that tells me that what we are all attempting to do in raising awareness and fighting for research opportunities and commitments is the right thing to do. Donnie had a great time meeting new brothers and sisters. He especially enjoyed dining at the revolving restaurant atop the hotel.


Everyone was so kind to us. The room almost vibrated with emotion and as I stood at the podium during my address I could feel the warm waves of love and support flowing my way. I hope that I was able to convey that I will never give up trying…for every family and child that needs me to keep spreading the word. There were plenty of tears, some of frustration and heartfelt pain but more so, tears of joy, laughter and the enjoyment and wonder of new found connections.

I really enjoyed the insight shared by Pediatric Geneticist Dr. Raoul C. M. Hennekam and I plan to attend the upcoming World Conference in the Netherlands.



The Mom Mixer was a great (aren’t they always) as we got to talk and laugh and just enjoy one another. Of course that entailed little stories and anecdotes about our children…which is the strongest link that we share.

Running for Research

We've received some great news!!  The Detroit Marathon will be taking place in October and Donnie's teacher, Amelia Polkowski Barrons, and her sister Anna will be running to raise money for The National Organization for Rare Disorders, specifically for Rubenstein Taybi research in honor of Donnie!  Here's the link to help these very generous women!  NORD, Donnie, Jordan, Mom, Donald and myself thank them...and you for getting involved and helping with a very worthy cause.

RUN FOR RESEARCH

Saturday, July 17, 2010

July Fun!!

Hi Everyone! The temperature is soaring and things are heating up as we move closer to the National Event in September. I’m busy putting the final touches on my State Costume, with fittings for a very special gown, Mrs. Michigan America appearances…and summer holidays with my family. They keep me busy all on their own!!




Independence Day was Spectacular. My Husband surprised us with tickets to the 18th Annual SALUTE TO AMERICA in Greenfield Village. The Detroit Symphony Orchestra put on a fabulous show and in combination with the fireworks it was truly heart stopping!! Donnie really enjoyed it too. He was on complete overload! Even mom tapped her toes to the music and Jordan took photos & made a video on his phone to send to all his friends.



Thanks Honey! What a wonderful way to celebrate the greatest Country on Earth!


July 9th was the Homecoming for Rima Fakih! Michigan's very own Miss USA. I had a wonderful time! Rima’s platform is the Pink Fund supporting Breast Cancer so this was an extra special evening for her. As always, she looked amazing.



Rima is such a sweetheart and her Family was very kind and gracious to everyone. Her mom reminds me of my own mother; a very proud but gentle woman.


These events are always interesting – for the people you meet for the first time but also for those you cross paths with again. One of the first people I ran into that evening was Carol Gist Miss USA 1990, our first Miss USA from Michigan & the very first African American woman to win the title. Carol & I had competed together years ago, and it was so wonderful to see her and actually catch up. I told her about something I'm doing to honor her accomplishment. I know...it's a secret! Sorry you'll have to wait till Mrs. America!



Next up on July 24th is the Miss Teen USA Pageant where our very own Catherine McGhee will grace the stage at the Atlantis in The Bahamas. Go Catherine!! I believe in my heart that she is next!!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Friday Night Fun!!

Looking forward to this great evening!!

Sunday, June 27, 2010


June was full of fun! I think it’s true – everyone does love a parade!! I had the opportunity to participate in two in June and it’s wonderful to see the excitement on everyone's faces, young and old alike. Waves and smiles and laughter from everyone and to that gentleman who did that figure 8 type pageant wave – right back at you!! He was so funny…and so sincere and so cute – thank you!! Mark Agnew's Boat is amazing – if you think it looks big in the pictures – wow – it is a BIG BOAT.
I also had a chance to see yet another sister queen crowned – Mrs. Ohio America 2010 Kimberly Miller. She’s a ventriloquist and I found that my childhood fascination with this art remains today – what a talent. Congratulations Kimberly!!

The best part of June was the Kilwin's Fundraiser for NORD. My college roommate and Kilwin’s outlet owner Jacqueline Jackson was so generous to host the event. I was joined by Anji Meidel Mrs. Illinois America 2009. We had the best time together scooping ice cream on Father's Day and raising money and awareness for Rare Disease. It was hard work but very rewarding and I’d like to say Thank You to everyone that came out to support the cause and send a big hug to Jackie and Anji for taking the time to participate in such a gracious manner.



I also received some wonderful news this month. The young lady that I judged in the Miss University Nigeria Pageant won the associated National Pageant. Powede Lawrence was crowned Miss University Africa 2010. She was an obvious standout at the Nigerian Pageant and I had a feeling she’d bring it all home. What an accomplishment and I congratulate her. I am so very proud of her – I knew she could do it.

 

Friday, June 25, 2010

Fun & Family at Chicago's Kilwin's

Scooping at the counter -- much harder than you'd imagine!!!




Donnie & I with Anji Meidel, Mrs. Illinois America 2009 




Stephanie and Anji


Stephanie & Anji with Kilwin's Owner and Rare Disease Event Sponsor Jacqueline Jackson

Sunday, June 20, 2010

With Mrs. Ohio America 1988 Doreen Luke at the 2010 Mrs. Ohio America Pageant

Mrs. Ohio 2009 Stephanie Gooden

With the Newly Crowned Mrs. Ohio 2010 Kimberly Miller

Wednesday, June 2, 2010




Looking forward to this special event!! It's going to be a great...and yummy day!!

With Mark Agnew owner of Agnew Graphics, the official sponsor of the
Traverse City Memorial Day Parade



This was a very big boat!!!


Miss USA 2010

Michigan Does It Again!!

Attending the Miss USA 2010 Pageant in Vegas was as exciting an experience as you can imagine!! The State of Michigan reigned supreme once again when Dearborn’s Rima Fakih was crowned Miss USA 2010. The last time I visited a National Pageant at Planet Hollywood Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas I had the honor of witnessing Kirsten Haglund’s successful bid for Miss America 2008…what a night that was!! If these two women were not as wonderfully talented and beautiful as they are…I might start thinking that I’m a State Good Luck Charm. Wishful thinking on my part (LOL)!





Getting together with old friends I get to reconnect with at events just like this was only half the fun; forging new connections with the industry’s up and coming is a blast…and inspiring! Carl Dunn, CEO of Pageantry Magazine was very interesting, and it was an honor to meet The Donald himself, the CEO of the Miss Universe Organization. I would love to do Celebrity Apprentice? Mr. Trump, I’m putting that out there. :)





Does the girl make the gown or does the gown make the girl?! If it’s a Johnathan Kayne original…The Gown is it!!! A very very special thanks goes out to Designer Johnathan Kayne for making me look amazing for Preliminary & Finals night. Wow!!


Till Next Time!!

Love Stephanie











Friday, May 28, 2010

Mrs. Michigan America Appearance Schedule

Apr 10 - Grand Rapids - Stephanie is featured on WZZM Channel 13 News at 11

Apr 11 - Grand Rapids - Stephanie is featured on WZZM Channel 13 Morning News

Apr 24 - Westfield, Indiana - Mrs. Indiana America Pageant - Stephanie has been invited as a VIP guest

April 29 - May 2 - Michigan International Women's Show

Stephanie will make a special appearance as a guest model wearing a stunning House of Kayne creation!!

Apr 29 - Grand Rapids - Official photo shoot with Tim Priest

Apr 29 - Grand Rapids - Stephanie will throw the first pitch at the West Michigan White Caps home game

Apr 29 - Grand Rapids - Live Radio Interview on WBBL 107.3 FM - 6:15 p.m. appx

May 16 - Las Vegas, Nevada - Miss USA Pageant

May 18 - Washington DC at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium
2010 Partners in Progress Gala of the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD)

May 29 - Mackinaw Memorial Day Parade

Owosso -Curwood Parade

Jun 20 - Orland Park, Illinois - Stephanie will be at Kilwin's Chocolates and Fudge scooping ice cream for Charity A Fundraiser to Benefit NORD The National Organization for Rare Disorders. They will sign autographs and answer questions from 3:00- 4:00.

Jul 11 - Chesaning - Showboat Parade

Jul 23 - 25 - Cincinnati/Northern KY - Speaker for the 2010 RTS (Rubinstein-Taybi Syndrome) Conference

Aug 31 - Mrs. Michigan America 2010 arrives in Tucson for the Mrs. America Pageant (tentative)

Sep 5 - Interviews

Sep 6 - Preliminary Competition

Sep 7 - Finals and Crowning of Mrs. America 2010

Sep 27 - The Burnstein Community Health Clinic Stephanie will be recognized as one of their Esteemed Women of Michigan. The Gary Burnstein Community Health Clinic is the only one of it's kind in Oakland County providing free medical, dental, and pharmaceutical care to the underserved.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Wow! I can't believe it has been just over a month since I was crowned Mrs. Michigan America 2010. And what an honor it was to share the stage with some of the most amazing women in Michigan! Well as they say ...I hit the ground running.


The week after my crowning I visited the Mrs. Indiana America Pageant and helped welcome a new sister queen, Jeanene Christy. I had a wonderful time! It was great to sit in the audience without the pressure of competing.


I had my first Official Photo Shoot with Tim Priest. I had a Blast -- Especially with the location shots. I felt like a Fashion Model. Throwing the first pitch and a radio interview with the West Michigan White Caps game was exciting. It went straight down the middle




…I only wish the Ball had reached the plate...LOL!






 Last week-end I had the time of my life with designer Jonathan Kayne. He was one of the top finalists from Bravo's hit TV show Project Runway Season 3 and was also featured on TLC's Gown Crazy. He is such a talent and it was quite a feeling to walk the runway with him at the end of the fashion show and present this artist to the audience. Judging by the applause his new Prom and Evening Gown Collection for 2010 was a hit with everyone there!