ELLE gives Miss DC New Look

Rush out to your nearest newsstand and pick up the January edition of Elle magazine! You'll read a special article about ME (!!!), Miss Kentucky, and Miss New York along with an incredible photo spread of us in haute couture fashions.

Zac Posen personally chose me to dress and style for the issue, and I absolutely LOVE the way it turned out. Thanks, Zac!

Perhaps this could be my big entry into the wonderful world of fashion modelling?? Let's see how Miss America turns out, first!

Spreading Holiday Cheer


When I was asked to join the Marines and others in spreading holiday cheer around the Veterans Affairs Hospital in the District, I rearranged my schedule to be sure that I could go - how could I miss the opportunity to give back to those who have given so much for me??

It was certainly a night to remember! We visited, distributed holiday treats, played Bingo, posed for pictures with Santa, and listened to the stories of a lot of people who really have some to tell!

I do want to send a special note to my new friend, Jason, who didn't seem to want to let me go... and Ron, whose enthusiasm for life was absolutely inspiring. And to all of the Marines who so unselfishly gave of their time, thank you for including me in such a wonderful effort.

Contestant Profiles/Videos Available on CMT.com


Log on to the County Music Television website to read about each of the Miss America contestants and see my profile video, hometown pictures, and answers to the Miss America Questionnaire.

Here are some of the things you can find:

Contestant bios, favorites, video profile and personal photos.
Miss America Radio (programmed with the contestants' favorite songs)
Vote for the Best Smile (Vote for me, of course!!)
Play the $1,000,000 game
Vote in January for Miss Congeniality
Meet the Judges
Download the official judging form
Chat on the Miss America Message Board
… and more!

Check it out at http://www.missamerica.cmt.com/ and tell all your family and friends!

USO Casino Night



The United Service Organization is instrumental in its support for our Nation's Armed Services. To raise funding for its efforts, the USO annually hosts a Casino Night. This year, I attended, along with Miss Maryland, and Miss Greater Richmond County. Several soldiers from Walter Reed were able to be in attendance as well as USO supporters that came in from at least as far away as Michigan!

We gambled the night away (with fake money, of course!) trying our hands at BlackJack, Roulette, Craps, and Texas Hold 'Em. Rhett Butler, of World Championship Poker fame (5th in the World!), was there to give us tips on how to keep our "poker face."

After this fun night of mixing, mingling, and money-making, the "Beauty Queens and Poker King" spent the following day at Walter Reed Hospital and the Mologne House visiting with patients and their families. To all that we met - thank you for being our HERO!

USO Lunch at the Pentagon


Once monthly, the USO organizes a luncheon in honor of wounded soldiers from Walter Reed and Bethesda military hospitals AT THE PENTAGON. Each luncheon, they arrange for an entertainer or other celebrity to attend and meet the 50 or so brave men and women who deserve our appreciation so much. This month, the honor belonged to Miss Virginia (Adrianna Sgarlata), Miss Maryland (Brittany Leitz) and me!

It was almost a repeat Thanksgiving, with turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie! We got to visit a little bit of time with the soldiers and their families while everyone ate. It was amazing to hear their stories and learn a little about each of them - I also tried to persuade them to cheer for ME at Miss America!

This is the latest in a series of several events I have participated in with the USO. Thank you to the USO for supporting a partnership between the Miss America contestants and your fine organization. We can't thank our soldiers enough for their service, or you enough for keeping up their morale.

(Sergeant Major Preston of the Army was in attendance and "coined" each of us. That makes two Sgt. major coins I have collected this year!! )

Capitol File


Last night, Capitol File, a magazine which has been extremely generous in offering support to me this year, celebrated its 1st Anniversary. The National Portrait Gallery was filled with Washington socialites, many of whom have been printed in the magazine's famed Social Scene section over the past year. The music played, the people smiled, and the photographers snapped away!

The Guest of Honor was Supermodel, Iman, also a celebrated philanthropist. She graces the cover of Capitol File's 1st Anniversary issue. It was such an honor to meet her! Also in attendance were several Washington sports stars and actress Bai Ling.

My girls and I certainly had a blast! Thanks, Mark, for acting as our papparazzi! And a HUGE thank you to Jayne Sandman for her enthusiasm and for promoting my involvement with Capitol File in its first year.

Yes... but Does She Golf?



Recently, I was invited to participate in the annual Marine Corps Scholarship golf tournament at the Army Navy Club. Having "participated" in golf tournaments before - usually to hand out the awards - I was a bit stunned when asked to bring my clubs ... I was going to PLAY!

I went to buy balls and the "Pro" sold me a huge box of about 40 pink and yellow balls. Apparently I was expected to lose most of them on the course, and in the event that I didn't hit them too far into the woods or the water hazards, the colored balls would be easier for me to find.

Luckily for me, we played a style explained as "Best Ball" and I did have the best ball - once. I only lost two pretty pink balls in the course of 18 holes, and spent a wonderful afternoon learning not only about the wonderful game of golf, but about the merits of the Marine Corps Scholarship Program. Over $31 million in scholarship funding has been awarded thus far!

It was certainly a fun time, but by the end of the afternoon I was ready to be back in my comfort zone - handing out the awards!

This time I want to send out my appreciation to the three patient golfers who played with me, most notably the the President and CEO, Christopher Randolph - thank you!

Miss DC Winning Moment on YouTube




My winning moment for the Miss District of Columbia crown was captured on video and recently uploaded to YouTube... if you missed how it all began - check it out! A huge thank you to David Miller for archiving this video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gDFRk6_8qc

The Enchanted Forest

The Junior League of Northern Virginia annually hosts a holiday Enchanted Forest to raise money for their yearly programs. Each year, Santa has welcomed the children, allowing them to sit on his lap and tell them not only what they want for Christmas, but also what special things they are going to do for Mommy and Daddy to make them worthy of Santa's special treats and toys. This year, the "Snow Fairy Princess" got to come along, too!

It was such a delight to see the the children's eyes tinkle as we read them "The Night Before Christmas" and to see them wrestle with one tough decision... do I want to sit on Santa's lap... or with the Snow Fairy Princess??

A huge thanks to Santa, to Cook's Photo-Art Studio, and to the Junior League of Northern Virginia for inviting me to particpate in the Enchanted Forest.

DC Central Kitchen FOOD FIGHT




Last night, in the Ronald Reagan Trade Center building, there was a food fight. A big one - Iron Chef sized!

The DC Central Kitchen, to raise awareness and funding for its programs hosted its annual Food Fight. Chefs from most of the city' s top restaurants came together for great food and fun... and the audience got to have some, too!

All around the atrium, booths from fantastic restaurants all over the city were set up to provide a tasting to those that came to see the fight. On stage, a few serious Chefs would duke it out in an attempt to take away the title of the reigning Queen of the Food Fight, Riz Lacoste - champion for two years in a row.

Several dishes, some stuffed judges, and over $1 million in fundraising later, the winner of the Food Fight was... Roberto Donna of Galileo- a new and very worthy winner. Yet the biggest winner of all was the DC Central Kitchen.

I am so proud to have been able to participate!

Good Hair Day



October 26th was proclaimed Good Hair Day in the District of Columbia, due to the efforts of Dennis Roche, owner of Roche Salon. On this day, beauty salon owners are encouraged to help raise money for Breast Cancer research funding. Dennis is especially interested in this cause as it has touched his family. His wife is a survivor!

To get in on the fun, Cabanas on the Georgetown waterfront assisted in hosting an event to celebrate Good Hair Day. Men took turns styling the women's hair and learning styling tips for their own "manes." Yes, I got my hair done, too!

Best Buddies Ball


A couple of weekends ago, I received the most gracious invitation to attend the Best Buddies Ball. This event is annually held at the home of Mr. Sergeant Shriver and Mrs. Eunice Kennedy-Shriver and hosted by their son, Anthony.

What a night! It started off with a silent auction of tables crammed with amazing prizes for bidding, including trips, jewelry, dining prizes, and so much more! Then a live auction completed the charity fundraiser.

During the seated dinner, which was presented in HUGE tents in the backyard of the home, a number of speakers stressed the importance of the Best Buddies Program. yet none was more eloquent than the program participant that was being honored for her enthusiasm and active service.

I already knew that I would be in good company, but I was thrilled to see Miss District of Columbia 2005, Shannon Schambeau, in attendance as well. She continues her work with the Special Olympics and continues to be a role-model and mentor for me.

(By the way, I did steal a few seconds to take a look around the home and see the amazing pictures of the Kennedy family. WOW!)

Blondes vs. Brunettes


We are tackling Alzheimer's disease and seeing who "scores more" :)

This Powder Puff fundraiser takes place this Saturday at St. Anselm's Abbey school at 1:00. Visit the website at www.blondesvsbrunettes to get your tickets or make a donation to the worthy cause.

Aside from raising money for Alzheimer's, the best thing about taking part in this event is that I have finally started to learn the game of football. We've been practicing, drilling, working on our receiving and developing some tricky plays. I think I'm going to be one heck of a wide receiver!

Come cheer for the Brunettes!!

Update on Kate...

I've had so much fun this week at events and appearances, I couldn't choose just one to write about! So here is a general overview of the week so you'll know what has been happening and how preparations are going for Miss America!

The week started with a bang, especially on Tuesday! I was able to meet D.C.'s front-runner Mayoral candidate, Adrian Fenty, at a small gathering put together by Sotheby's in Adams Morgan (Ward 1 for any of you D.C. voters!). I told him that, should he win, I was looking forward to working with him this year as Education was a top priority for both of us. Then I was on to a Capitol File magazine event and the opening night of a new restuarant in the city, Posh. What a Tuesday!

Wednesday I was fortunate to have been selected to model in the Escada fashion show benefitting the Salvation Army held at the District of Columbia Ritz. While walking down the runway and wearing designer clothes is always a great time, I felt even better knowing that I was helping out a great and worthy cause. I also attended a reception and lecture at the Johns Hopkins University Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences - this is where I am attending graduate school for both my Masters in Government and MBA, so I am always excited to attend events sponsored there.

Dennis Roche, the owner of my wonderful salon sponsor, Roche Salon, organized a benefit for Breast Cancer and succeeded in having Thursday named "Good Hair Day" in Washington, D.C. We had a blast! Curious gentlemen took turns styling the lady guests hair - I even got mine straightened, curled, and then re-straightened! What great idea, Dennis, and thanks for allowing me to be a part of it.

The schedule is packed with more events and appearances for the weekend and coming weeks. I also just found out that Venus will be sponsoring the swimsuits for the Miss America Lifestyle and Fitness Competition this year, so I'm excited about coming closer to completing my wardrobe for the BIG NIGHT! Plans are also in the works for a HUGE embassy send-off that Capitol File Magazine has agreed to sponsor - so check back often.

And please leave me a message! I'd love to know what you think of my website, if you have seen me at an appearance around town, or if you have any events for which you would like to have Miss District of Columbia in attendance. Have a beautiful weekend!

Reading is FUNdamental!!

A literacy organization that I am working closely with this year, Reading Is Fundamental, is sponsoring 3 literacy events in conjunction with the DC Public Schools system at approximately 40 Washington DC schools during the 2006-2007 school year. We are in the process of recruiting volunteers and I would really like to get as many of my friends and supporters involved in these as possible. We need YOU to make these events a success!

You would only need about 1-2 hours on the listed dates to show kids in DC the importance of books and literacy. By reading with them, helping them select books, and just being there to show support would really make a HUGE difference. Thank you so much in advance for your participation.

The D.C. Initiative is RIF's way of saying thank you to Washington, D.C. for the inspiration, support and encouragement that the city has provided to RIF for nearly 40 years.

What: RIF will coordinate and host three city-wide book distribution events at more than 40 Washington D.C. public schools.

Where: Elementary, middle, high schools and charter schools in Washington, D.C.

When: November 2, 2006- RIF's 40th Anniversary Kick-off
March 1, 2007 RIF Celebrates Read Across America (Dr. Seuss)
May 2007 (TBD) - Reading Is Fun Week - TBD

Why You Should Help:

Community members can make these RIF distribution events even more meaningful by volunteering at one of the participating schools. By reading aloud to students, assisting with distribution day tasks or even contributing funds, YOU can make these events the best ever! More importantly, you can show the children of Washington, D.C. that you value reading and that you value them.

Contact: Stephen A. Leach, Outreach Coordinator
Reading Is Fundamental
1825 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20009
P: 202.536.3473
F: 202.536.3517

Thanks! I look forward to seeing you!!

ELLE Magazine

I got an e-mail the other day that Elle magazine was interested in doing a feature article on a few of the Miss America contestants, and three designers in particular were going to choose three of us for the magazine. Imagine my elation when I heard that Zac Posen had chosen ME!

Miss Kentucky (Michael Kors), Miss New York (Donna Karan), and I were flown up to Manhattan last Friday for a full day photo shoot with amazing photographer David Ferrua. Hair stylists, make-up artists and nail technicians greeted us... and then we got to see the CLOTHES!

Zac Posen is an incredible gifted young designer... only 24 - my age! I won't give away my outfit - you'll have to check out the magazine - but I can say it's extremely high fashion. I felt just like I had stepped out on the runway!

Be sure to buy the January edition of Elle Magazine to see the three of us featured in our designer outfits and interviewed about our experiences leading up to the Miss America pageant. This was perhaps the most exciting opportunity thus far, and I can't wait to see myself in print!

THIS JUST IN...

Check out E! News tonight for coverage of the 52 Miss America 2007 Contestants in Los Angeles during shooting of the two-hour special, Pageant School: Becoming Miss America

E! News airs on the E! Network at 7pm & 11pm ET/PT.TONIGHT - Monday, October 2
Repeats air tomorrow at 8am & 12pm ET/PTTuesday, October 3

HOLLYWOOD


Yes, I am under a gag order from CMT and P B & J Entertainment... but I can tell you that I am back from filming "Becoming Miss America: Pageant School" and I had an incredible time in Santa Monica!!

The 52 of us eventually got used to having battery packs and microphones strapped and pinned to our wardrobe, changing outfits 5 or more times a day, and participating in friendly "competition" - I'll leave it at that! You'll be able to watch the "reality" show when it airs in January on CMT, VH1, MTV, and LoGo. Who will win the title of Pageant School Queen? Could it be me?? The audience of the show also has the opportunity to elect the winner of Miss Congeniality for the 2007 Miss America Pageant, which will be announced live on air during Miss America on January 29, 2007. Be sure to vote!!

Apart from filming, I also had the opportunity to meet the Mayor of Hollywood, walk along the Hollywood Stars, see the famous handprints in front of Grummand Theater, and mingle with celebrities at a reception in our honor at the famous Roosevelt Hotel! The most thrilling thought was that this is just a taste of what I could experience as Miss America. Bring it on!

The Nation's Capital WALK FOR LITERACY

On September 23rd, I invite you to support literacy programs in the District by participating in this year's 5K Walk for Literacy. Your participation directly impacts my platform of Partnerships for Literacy as you will help to raise money for support services and build awareness about literacy.

Visit https://www.signmeup.com/site/reg/register.aspx?fid=0K2VLK7 to sign on as a team or individual walker and to find out more about volunteer opportunities!

I'm excited to see you there!

DETAILS!!

Start making those travel arrangements - we have all the specifics for the 2007 Miss America pageant and it's going to be too HOT to miss!

Please come to cheer for me at the Aladdin Resort and Casino, soon to be renovated into the the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada for preliminary competitions starting January 25th. The final night of competition will be airing LIVE on CMT on Monday, January 29th, at 8:00 PM ET/PT. Tickets will be made available for both preliminarie competitions and the final night on www.ticketmaster.com.

Last month, CMT announced an expanded programming strategy to support the 2007 MISS AMERICA PAGEANT, which includes some nine hours of television devoted to Miss America . This programming features a two-hour contestant special, which will air on CMT and its sister networks, VH1, MTV and Logo; a one-hour special on Miss America 2006, Jennifer Berry; a one-hour look at GREATEST MISS AMERICA MOMENTS; and Miss America features on the popular CMT TOP 20 COUNTDOWN and CMT INSIDER. Additional programming will be available exclusively on the CMT LOADED, VOD, CMT.com, CMT Radio and CMT Mobile.

Miss America's Oustanding Teen

I'm just back from Orlando where 52 talented Teen contestants competed in the Miss America's Outstanding teen pageant, a sister pageant to Miss America. Congratulations to Maria DeSantis, Miss New York's Outstanding teen, on her win! Also, congratulations to my Outstanding Teen, Elizabeth Payne, for a wonderful performance!

In additon to attending the Teen pageant, I was able to spend time with 34 of the other Miss America state candidates over the long weekend. We enjoyed a special VIP tour of Disney World, where we met all of the characters, had our pictures taken with the Disney Princesses, and didn't have to wait long in line for any of the amazing Disney attractions! We were also hosted by Planet Hollywood for a special lunch and photo shoot for Planet Hollywood and CMT. (This gives much fuel to the rumors that the Miss America pageant will be held at the Planet Hollywood-Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas!)

It was an incredible weekend, a chance to meet some of the beautiful contestants I will be competing with, and an honor to meet for the first time our current Miss America, Jennifer Berry.

Photos to come!

Love & Literacy at the Library

One of the highlights of my week was attending the DC Public Library Board Meeting at the Chevy Chase Neighborhood library branch. The Board welcomed a new Executive Director - Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper. I hope I'll be able to work with Ms. Cooper and the rest of the Board throughout the year as we all campaign for literacy in the District of Columbia.

What made the Board meeting so exceptional, apart from hearing about the scheduled improvements to libraries across town, was the period after the "official business" when private citizens could voice their opinions and share concerns. I was moved by the strong commitment to community activism - and the love and enthusiasm for reading and continued education - that so many District residents conveyed. I have never seen a group so eager to improve their community through reading!

If you haven't been to a library branch yet this summer, there is still time! And a variety of enticing volumes await you... as well as SO many improvements that have already been made to the atmosphere and the technology that we have come to expect, in addition to literary works, from our public libraries. Find the branch nearest you at http://www.dclibrary.org/branches/

Happy Reading!

Date Chosen for Miss America!

It's OFFICIAL!!! Miss America has announced that this year's pageant will take place on Saturday, January 29, 2007 in some city in America! I know a lot of people have been very anxious to hear the date and location, and I wanted to make sure you knew as soon as we heard some news. Now that we have a few of the specifics, I expect to see every one of you at the pageant!! Stay tuned for more information on how to get tickets!

Now that we've got a set date, I will be stepping up the preparations even more with dance classes and performance practice, wardrobe selection and fittings, working out, and mock interviews!

In addition, from September 5th through the 13th, CMT will be flying me and all of the contestants out to Los Angeles, CA where we will enjoy each others' company and film the documentary reality series, "Finding Miss America," which is set to air on CMT, MTV, and VH1 in a seven part series leading up to the Big Night. Make sure to watch and VOTE, as audience voting scores will determine this year's Miss Congeniality! You can help me win!

Publicity.

Almost one month after the crowning, I am thrilled with the reception I have received from the media. One of my first publicity opportunities was an interview on a Hispanic program on WJLA radio. I was also thrilled to have received write-ups in the Washington Post, Education Daily, the Atlanta Journal Constitution, and The Hill newspaper!

(Speaking of The Hill... The "50 Most Beautiful People on the Hill" (3rd edition) was published on Wednesday, July 26. As last year's winner, it was a sad day for me to see another beautiful woman claiming my title as "Most Beautiful on the Hill" - but it was well deserved. You can see a listing of this year's picks at http://thehill.com/thehill/export/TheHill/50Most2006/index1.html. Congratulations to one of my favorite photographers, Patrick Ryan, on the success of this feature.)

But perhaps the most exciting media opportunity I have had thus far has been the taping of a segment to air on the D.C. political talk show "In The Know" hosted by La Toya Foster. Some of the other guests on the show were candidates for Ward 5 City Council this year, so it was thrilling to share the studio with such active and interesting people! The piece is set to air this Sunday, July 30 at Noon, on ABC-7. Be sure to watch!

Welcome to my Blog!


Hi, I am Kate Michael, Miss District of Columbia 2006.

Since "blogging" is the latest craze - it was suggested that maybe I would want to get on board and use this technology to communicate all of the events and happenings of my Year of Service as Miss DC.

So thanks for stopping by and please visit often. I'll try to post frequently.
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