May is for Miracles and Mental Health

A little step, may be the beginning of a great journey.

The month of may was consumed with fundraising efforts for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, many moments of reflection as Miss Wisconsin 2018 draws closer, and a busy four weeks at work. Here’s a recap…The first Sunday of the month I held a Golf Outing FORE Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals at The Ridges Golf Course and Banquet Hall in my hometown of Wisconsin Rapids. The event itself had been something I wanted to organize for the past few years now as a local titleholder within the Miss America Organization and I was beyond thrilled to see my plans come to fruition! As a result of the entry fee, raffle baskets, and 50/50 drawing I was able to raise more than $1,000 for CMN Hospitals at my fundraiser that day. A special thank you to all of the community businesses, friends, and family members who contributed items or baskets in their entirety to the cause; I sincerely appreciate your support and desire to give back!Beginning early May, leading up to September you’ll be able to find a number of Bucky Badger alter egos scattered throughout the City of Madison. Bucky on Parade officially launched on Monday, May 7 –putting the 85 statues on display for people to discover and enjoy all summer long! The community wide art project is meant to promote tourism to our capital city throughout the summer season, but it also is part of a larger fundraising effort. Come September, the statues will be auctioned off at a grand event with all of the funds being allocated to the Wisconsin Badgers Men’s Basketball Coach, Greg Gard’s non-profit, Garding Against Cancer. The organization raises funds and awareness for cancer research and patient care throughout the state of Wisconsin, how neat is that? There’s  another, more emotional reason to embrace these Bucky’s and take pride in being a Sconnie!Oh, and thanks to my @RefinedRedheadBlog Instagram follower’s influence, I’ve made it a goal to take a photo with each of the 85 statues. Be sure to follow me on Instagram and check out their website for a full map – jump around with me!

Our latest Adams Collaborate Program partner, our non-profit advertising program at Adams Outdoor Advertising went up in the Madison market. Despite it being a dreary, cold day a crowd (and media still gathered). I’ve been fortunate to take over managing the program shortly thereafter coming on board with the company (no pun intended) in early November. For the past three years, they’ve opened an application process in the fall to area Dane County non-profits, narrowing those applicants down to a pool to interview and consequently picking a handful to launch year-long campaigns for. The collaboration with Journey Mental Health Center started with a tour of their facility and a brainstorm session with a couple of their marketing personnel. From there, we decided a focus on minimizing the stigma and bringing a ‘close to home’ perspective was needed.

NBC 15 News Story: New billboards aim to fight stigma of mental illness

WKOW News 27’s Story: Billboards target mental health stigmas in Dane County

In the midst of my daily workout grind and constant news updates in preparation for Miss Wisconsin, I took time to escape in the middle of the month and enjoy God’s country. Nothing beats watching the sun rise over the Mississippi Valley. While I was not successful in getting a turkey this Spring, I was and am thankful for this still relatively newfound love of hunting and my time in the woods soaking up Wisconsin’s natural beauty. I wasn’t able to get out deer hunting this past fall due to the timing of my move to Madison, but I’m already itching for fall…anyone with me?What else happened during the month of May? My second podcast episode and first interview dropped on The Refined Redhead Podcast. It can be found on both iTunes Podcast and Google Play if you have YET to listen, I highly suggest you check it out! I spoke with my best friend, Olivia Mercer who just so happens to work as a Mental Health Counselor at Indiana University.

A huge thank you goes out to Baxter Colburn and Public House Media for making this prolonged vision and desire to share my voice through a different platform a reality! If you’ve struggled to find the podcast on iTunes or Google Play, you can also listen to it on the PHM website through Spreaker, HERE!I also held my 4th Annual Garage Sale benefiting Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals at my parents’ house in Wisconsin Rapids! Last year, we packed everything up and donated items that didn’t sell thinking it was my final sale. When the announcement of the age extension came and I consequently decided, along with my mom to hold the sale again I received an outpouring of support from pageant sisters, friends and family members who selflessly donated items to the cause. While the sale was a little slower than in previous years, we raised more than $500 for the kids!In culmination with my sale, my friend Baylee organized a bake sale at her mom’s garage sale just a few blocks away and raise $103.21 to contribute to my Children’s Miracle Network account in support of my Miss Wisconsin journey. How sweet is that (no pun intended)?! And just weeks before that, she donated her allowance to my account too — talk about a kind heart and a generous mindset! To celebrate her drive and help, I surprised her and her classmates with popsicles and spoke to them about my personal platform, “Let’s Talk: Skill Sets 4 Success” and the Miss America Organization as a whole. Thanks for having me as a guest at Grant Elementary School and for asking so many incredible questions! I’m a redhead (I know, you’re thinking…thanks Captain obvious…), with that genetic make up comes a predisposition to sensitive skin. A fellow Miss La Crosse/Oktoberfest and Miss Madison-Capital City sister of mine, Kristina Smaby Schoh who just so happens to also be a former Miss Wisconsin sent me a Beauty Counter kit to sample and I fell in love with the products. As if that wasn’t enough, she oh so generously provided a contribution to each of the ladies within the Miss Wisconsin Class of 2018 to utilize in purchasing an item. I made the decision to get a bottle of the Nourishing Day Cream because I loved how bright it left my face and how clear and refreshed I felt. I have used it every single morning since it arrived and I’m obsessed.




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