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
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