Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Pageantlovers.com Interview

An interview I recently did. Check it out at Pageantlovers.com

Nebraska has never had a Miss USA before. If you win Miss USA, how much of an impact do you think this would have for the state of Nebraska and for you personally?

I'm here to represent the small town girls with big dreams. I am so lucky to call Nebraska home. We truly are a state that gets behind ANYTHING Nebraska. Just look at how well our state supports the Huskers. I think my state would go crazy if I was lucky enough to bring home the title. I’d be on the front page of every newspaper across the state whereas other state representatives might get a mention in the news briefs on page 20. Personally, it would be a dream come true.

You were 1st Runner Up last year in the state level. What do you think you did different this year that enabled you to win the state title?

Self-discovery is so important to me, and through preparation for both last year’s and this year’s pageants, I discovered my personal strengths and weaknesses. I used to be terrified of public speaking. Through competing my first year, my self confidence grew and I learned that I was actually pretty good at public speaking. Now, I really love it!

What is your motto in life and how has this guided you through the tough times?

"Life's ups and downs provide windows of opportunity to determine your values and goals - Think of using the obstacles as stepping stones to build the life you want and deserve." This quote has taught me that every experience I face, good or bad, is an opportunity to learn and grow as a person.

Who is the one person that has the most influence on your life?

I take care of a disabled lady, and she has impacted my life the most. Helping her with her everyday life has helped me appreciate little things in life that I often took for granted. And, she inspires me because she faces such great difficulty just getting through each and every day, but still manages to have the best attitude and is so encouraging of others who really don’t have much to complain about in comparison.

Outside of the pageant arena, what are you passionate about?

My grandma has been making me dresses since I was a little girl. When I was little we would spend hours upon hours in the sewing room designing and sewing clothes. That helped me develop my passion for the fashion industry. After graduating in the fall from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with Bachelor’s in Clothing and Textile Design and Mass Communication, I plan to pursue my Master’s and eventually start my very own fashion TV show on E! TV, Bravo, or MTV.

How important is your family to you?

My family is my backbone. I have the most giving mother, who would sacrifice anything to make her family happy. My dad has always been young at heart and taught me not to take life too seriously. I am the youngest of three children in my family. I have learned so many values in life from my older brother and sister who have essentially shaped me into the person I am today. I know that I have been so lucky to grow up in a diverse, extremely giving and loving family.

Tell something about yourself that most people don’t know.

I come from an itty bitty town in the middle of the country, and I am sure that I am the only contestant here who knows not only all of the names, but even the middle names, of my classmates in my graduating class.

What is the first thing you would do if you win the Miss USA title?

Order a gigantic brownie fudge sunday with extra chocolate!

Friday, March 26, 2010

Kimberly Spa Prom Event

Amanda and I got to help girls get ready for prom at the 1st Annual Kimberly Spa Event today in Omaha.

We started the day by getting our hair done by Brittany (above) at Boss Studio Salon. She was so much fun and we had a blast at the studio. After that we headed to Kimberly Spa across the street and got our makeup done by a makeup artist from the spa. She did a great job, and it was fun to wear a different look for a day!

Amanda at the delicious chocolate fountain that was so hard to resist!

High school girls started to come and we talked to them about different ways to wear their make up and hair. The girls got a tour of the spa, a free message, professional pictures taken, and a free make over. It was so much fun reminiscing about prom days and helping the girls get prepared for their fun night!

Amanda and I in Winning Crown Boutique dresses, hair by Brittany from Boss Studio, and make up by Kimberly Spa.

Kimberly Spa is one of my extremely generous sponsors for Miss Nebraska USA. I am so thankful for their services. I highly recommend them. They give you a relaxing experience you'll love! Click on this link to check out their services! www.kimberlyspaomaha.com

As always, I had a blast spending the day with my Amanda, Miss Nebraska Teen USA! I'm so lucky to have such an awesome sister queen! She competes for Miss Teen USA 2010 July 20-25th at Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas! Great things are in store for this girl :-)


Saturday, March 20, 2010

"The Magic of Families"

It was a great evening in Hastings, NE where I attended the Nebraska Children Home Society's Weaving Families Together 8th Annual Event.

The Nebraska Children's Home Society (NCHS) is a non-profit agency that proves an array of children and family programs including pregnancy, parenting, adoption, and post-adoption services, foster care, and in-home services to children and families and early childhood programming.

Upholding adoption as a positive way of growing families continues to be the primary mission of NCHS and it's 116-year tradition of meeting the needs of Nebraska's children. The common goal of the organization is to put the child first.

NCHS is the only agency in the nation that has never charged a fee for adoption for 116 years! I thought this was so amazing. There are so many children out there that need a good, safe home, and sometimes the price of adoption can hinder families from adopting.

The night was full of fun. I was able to take pictures with children of all ages and adults. I signed some autographs and was able to mingle with the families. We then sat down for a great dinner and entertainment from a magician and comedian Gayle Becwar. He was hilarious and did some mind boggling tricks! He has been on HBO's Comic Relief and Showtime's Funniest Man in America Contest.

The night was ended with a live auction, silent auction and words from Karen Authier, NCHS Executive Director.

More information about NCHS can be found at http://www.nchs.org/. This is an amazing non profit company and put on a great event! Hope everyone is having a great weekend!

Yours Truly,
Belinda Wright
Miss Nebraska USA 2010

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Miss USA is near!

Hello friends!
Miss USA is right around the corner and photos of the contestants have been uploaded on missusa.com. I really appreciate all of your support throughout this amazing experience. You can click on http://www.missuniverse.com/missusa/members/profile/445101 and rate me today! All of your help is truly appreciated. More updates will be on the way as Miss USA approaches! May 16th here I come!


Michael Brooks Benefit

This afternoon I was honored to spend the day at Michael Brook's Benefit Spaghetti Dinner and Raffle at St. Robert Bellarmine Church in Omaha.

With Michael and his sister.

Michael Brooks is an 11 year old boy who was diagonosed with Inflammatory Myofibroblastic Tummor, or IMT. He has been battling this tumor since August 2008. This is a very rare tumor. Only 5 other children in the US have this type of tumor. Michael has undergone multiple tests an has had 28 weeks of chemo. IMT does not usually respond to chemo or radiation so his hope is in a clinical trial at the University of Minnesota. On a monthly basis, his mom and him travel to get medicine, labs, tests and scans.

Since he started the trial in October 2009, the tumor has shrunk 30%! With the continued success of this clinical trail, the next option will be surgery to remove the tumor at Sloan- Kettering in NY with months of physical therapy after that.

As a single parent, his mother Kathy is overwhelmed with Michael's medical bills. The Spaghetti Dinner and Raffle today was put on to help defer some expenses that have been incurred and are adding up. Monetary Donations can be made payable to Pinnacle Bank/ Michael Brooks Medical Fund and sent to c/o Francie Conrad- 3315 South 184th Terrace- Omaha, NE 68130.

With some of Michael's classmates and friends.

When Michael grows up he wants to play professional soccer or be an engineer or doctor like Dr. Dan Coulter, Pediatric Hematology/ Oncologist, who has helped him with his treatments. That way he can help other kids like him. His best subject in school is math and he likes to play soccer and go fishing.

It was a great afternoon, and also Michael's birthday! Lots of money was raised to help this outstanding young man, but more will always be needed. Continued prayers go out to this amazing family for a miracle recovery!

Yours truly,
Belinda Wright