Monday, February 28, 2011

Each year it seems like the next is so far away but before you know it it's time to celebrate and recognize this special day again.  Rare Disease Day is gaining momentum throughout the United States and the world and our hope is that one day it will be acknowledged by all as a cause to be supported by ALL.  If the theory of Six Degrees of Separation is to be believed and we are truly only six levels of knowing away from each and every world citizen then each and every one of us knows someone who suffers with, or supports someone with a Rare Disease.  How can we ever stop fighting for them, for their rights, and for continued research  and searches for causes and cures?  Even though this platform...and fight...was chosen for me, it's one that I am thankful to carry out.  The work continues to be the blessing.

Very recently we were able to add another Rare Disease Day Proclamation to our list:  Along with the State of Michigan, The City of Detroit, and Pittsfield Township, we can now add The County of Washtenaw.  So Proud To Be From Michigan as we lead the way on this!!

My thanks to everyone who hangs in there with me.  It's the little things that add up to big things and it's the big things that get things done.

Many Blessings

Saturday, February 26, 2011

It's The Little Things...

...that mean the most.   During my reign as Mrs. United States 2007 I was invited to visit the Jack Hadley Black History Museum in Thomasville, Georgia.  I spent a few days celebrating Black History Month events in the community and at the museum.

 Now, four years later, and as my term as Mrs. Michigan America 2010 closes I am able to present the museum with an that I've treasured and am very happy to pass on for display.

Stephanie Hunt, Mrs. Michigan America 2010 wore this original Sherri Hill creation during the Charity Fashion Show at the 2010 Mrs. America Pageant. The gown itself was first given to Carole by Sherri Hill after Carole's successful quest for the crown of Miss USA 1990. Carole was the first African American to win the title of Miss USA and the first African American Miss Michigan USA. Carole passed this beautiful gown to Stephanie who then became the first African American to win Mrs. Michigan United States and Mrs. United States 2007. In keeping with the tradition of passing this exquisite piece forward Stephanie has donated it to the Jack Hadley Black History Museum where it will become part of a permanent display honoring African American Beauty Queens.



It is hard to believe that my journey as Mrs. Michigan America has come to a close.

I would like to thank Jody, my wonderful Director, you are a dynamo! Not only are you great at what you do but you are a beautiful and talented role model for the women of our great State. I am grateful to call you a friend. knight...Thank you just doesn't begin to say it! A day hasn't gone by that my mantel has not been graced with fresh cut flowers, it's not just this gesture but more so how you flower me with abundant love. You have made my dreams your dreams and your commitment to our combined happiness and success overwhelms me. To my children Jordan and Donnie, I know it was hard to share your mom sometimes but you always let me know that you were proud that I was making a difference and I thank you for your grace and generosity.

Representing our State at the National Pageant was an unbelievable experience. I floated across the stage in a Jonathan Kayne original evening gown provided by the designer himself. I also want to thank my Mom for her amazing costume design; bringing home the honors for Best Original Costume was the "icing" as they say. She’s my biggest cheerleader, personal assistant, babysitter, and best friend. It’s a privilege again tonigh to be wearing this beautiful dress and showing off your talents yet again. I know Dad would say, “Mary, job well done!”

To my special friends—my pageant sorority girls Heidi & Elizabeth—my wardrobe was fit for a Queen thanks to the additions and special touches you so generously offered. Our endless conversations, preparation sessions and just the opportunity to share the excitement of competing with you made for a truly wonderful experience. Thank you for sharing so much of your time with me and for being sounding boards for the pageant dreams we have together. Syndee thank you for your friendship, love & support! To my personal trainer and friend Michelle, I felt confident and looked amazing in swimsuit thanks to you.

My year as Mrs. Michigan America was one of achievement and affirmation. Being honored by the Bernstein Clinic as an Esteemed Woman of Michigan was a highpoint for me. To be included in the company of such accomplished and distinguished women was recognition enough—to have this honor bestowed for my Platform work on behalf of Rubenstein-Taybi Syndrome and Rare Disease Awareness is confirmation that we must continue to do everything we can do in the service of others.

To the beautiful woman crowned Mrs. Michigan America 2011, this is a moment to savor— soak it up like the sunshine it is. Do good works, and share your crowning success with as many people as possible.

Words cannot express the depth of my gratitude for everyone who has helped me along this journey.

I thank each and every one of you.

Thank You GOD for your Grace and your Mercy!
All My Love and Many Blessings

Stephanie Hunt

Mrs. Michigan America 2010

“Great is the art of beginning, but greater is the art of ending."
             -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


What a night to remember at the Mrs. Michigan America 2011 Pageant.  I was very proud to crown Teresa Tafoya as Mrs. Michigan America 2011.  I wish her all the luck and love in the world -- I can't wait to see her represent Michigan at the National Pageant.  Exciting things are coming her way!!!