Paint For A Cure
Let's start this wrap up with an event of my own creation, "Paint For A Cure." I created this fundraiser to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) through my Light The Night (LTN) team, "Miss Staten Island's Angels." I participate in LTN every year and was proud to be this year's Co-Chair of the Staten Island Committee. That is why I made it my mission to raise even more than I had in the past.
Light The Night
Light The Night, for which I held my "Paint For A Cure" fundraiser, was also in September. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Light The Night Walk funds research to advance therapies and treatments for blood cancers. I had spent months raising money for and planning this beautiful walk along with the Staten Island Walk Committee, so I was quite excited when the night finally arrived.
International Food Tasting
The Staten Island Giving Circle hosted an International Food Tasting toward the end of September to fund their many projects which directly benefit the SI Community. The Giving Circle has consistently supported me during my years as both Miss Greater New York and Miss Staten Island and I couldn't have imagined missing this event!
Autism Speaks Walk
September is a beautiful month for walks with the change in weather, which is why I suppose this year's Autism Speaks Walk was moved up from October! Autism Speaks is an organization "dedicated to funding global biomedical research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a possible cure for autism." I participated in this walk as Miss Greater NY and was happy to return as Miss Staten Island.
Before I knew it, it was all over and we were off to the next event. Thank you to Maeve at Autism Speaks for having Alexa and I!
Victorian High Tea
After Autism Speaks, I was off to a Victorian High Tea for the Alzheimer's Foundation of Staten Island. Alzheimer's disease is a progressive, degenerative disorder that attacks the brain's nerve cells, or neurons, resulting in loss of memory, thinking and language skills, and behavioral changes. This foundation provides "optimal care and services to individuals confronting dementia, and to their caregivers and families-through member organizations dedicated to improving quality of life." My grandfather suffered from this disease, which is why I felt it was important to attend the High Tea.
My mom and I walked into Zion Lutheran to find cute little tables set up with a collection of mismatched tea sets and flowers. It felt like I walked right into a dollhouse! At a long table in the middle of the room were finger sandwiches, cheese, crackers, and other lunch time goodies. And I can't forget the dessert items sitting at the back of the room!
So, there you have it -- my September wrap up! With my time as Miss Staten Island quickly coming to a close (only 5 days to go!!), I promise to finish posting about all of my appearances in the coming week. Thank you all for your support and for following my journey!