For the fourth entry of this blog's series MAKING A DIFFERENCE, I thought I'd have a beautiful and involved woman come in and bat cleanup- after all, she is following Derek Jeter.
Kim Parrish is a former Miss West Virginia and was a host on QVC from 1997-2004. In 2005 she debuted her own line of "better than basic" fashions on the HSN shopping network, The Kim Parrish Collection. She has been a contributor to numerous magazines as a writer, and continues to be a spokesperson on TV for various products.
But her story is one that transcends the tale of "former beauty queen makes good". Hers is about involvement and about giving back, and remembering your roots, and how you got from Point A to Point B.
On Feb 4, 2008 she was named as president of Miss America's Outstanding Teen, described by Ms. Parrish as "the little sister" to Miss America.
The following, from Kim Parrish, is taken from the MAOT website.
“I intend to help develop a strong financial foundation and expand national recognition for this outstanding organization and its participants,” says Kim. “In today’s fast-paced world, teens can’t afford to look to young Hollywood for role models. They need to find inspiration within themselves, their families, schools and community. Through its exceptional mentoring program, Miss America’s Outstanding Teen provides leadership and scholarship opportunities for teens, that will help them prepare for successful futures.”
The Children's Miracle Network was selected as the national platform of MAOT on June 6, 2008. Here's an excerpt from that press release.
Orlando, FL - Miss America's Outstanding Teen (MAOT) organization announced today that Children's Miracle Network has been selected as their official National Platform. MAOT, the sister program to the Miss America Organization, have chosen Children's Miracle Network (CMN) as their platform to further reinforce the efforts that have been so successful on the national level for the Miss America Organization who adopted this program in 2007.
The mission of the Miss America's Outstanding Teen organization is to promote scholastic achievement, creative accomplishment, healthy living and community involvement for America's teens. The new partnership will provide opportunities for MAOT to not only raise funds and awareness for the 17 million children treated each year at the 170 Children's Miracle Network hospitals, but it will also help benefit the MAOT Scholarship Program.
Kim Parrish, President of Miss America's Outstanding Teen stated, "We are excited to have partnered with such a wonderful organization. Our contestants represent the best and the brightest in America and I couldn't think of a partner who would better compliment our efforts than Children's Miracle Network. I know our contestants will support and embrace these children to help make even more miracles happen."
Recently, two MAOT alumni, Jasmine Murray and Arianna Afsar made headlines when they advanced to the next round of American Idol.
Below, Kim talks about MAOT at a photo shoot several months ago.
And below Taylor Fitch, Miss America's Outstanding Teen is interviewed.
And below, some slides from MAOT's Princess Program.
A pretty face...and a lot more.
I'll see you later. I've got some snow to shovel.
Late addition Click here for information regarding Casino Royale 4-18 benefiting The Children's Miracle Network.