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.

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!!
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