Welcome to a special edition of Ava's Allocations as the Balcony Blogger was on location this weekend to cover "SHOP, SELL, STRUT" for Autism New Jersey..... So what do I mean about your Awareness IQ???? Let's first start with some photos.....
Meet Alyssa Lego and Amanda Witowski
D.Monaco Designs of Point Pleasant , NJ
Wow ! and that is just the beginning of what went on at the beautiful Lake Terrace in Lakewood , NJ
14 year old Alyssa Lego wanted to see change in the Community.... 2 years ago she formed "Hello my name is...." to honor and bring respect to children with special needs. In partnering with 19 year old Amanda Witowski things couldn't have looked any brighter for the 2 teens. In these 2 years they have aligned themselves with organizations like Autism NJ to effectively initiate that change in the Community that sparked just a few years ago.... Imagine? 14 and 19 years old.
I had the pleasure of meeting Executive Director for Autism NJ Susan Buchanan.
So my Awareness IQ brings more to the fact that, hey, we now know about Autism and many other afflictions that people deal with on a day to day basis. We hear and see all the charitable events, commercials, outreach etc.... yet what do we really know behind the scenes... let's show you this particular IQ....
In attendance were not 1, 2, or even 3 yet at least a dozen "Queens" in their own right from pageants all over the region/State . All with crowns, sashes and PLATFORMS.... my favorite part was the WALK OF QUEENS on the runway....how special.....
Let's talk about Miss Stephanee Brown for a moment
.... Stephanee also has an outreach program....HOPE IN A BLANKET.... She sells hand made crocheted items including flowers ( yep, crocheted flowers). All the funds go to a local Hospital
( Capital Health Center for Comprehensive Breast Care) in Hopewell, NJ..... Wow ! Stephanee also received an award on the runway for her Community Service.
Next comes the runway, complete with gorgeous models, paparazzi, A & S sound running the lighting and set up for the runway-- microphones and the like, DJ Nick and family and fabulous MC's and reporters.... Like the beautiful Myra Mrowicki, Tiffani D. McLoyd and Of course, myself pictured here with Alyssa---- Yeeeeah ! LOL
Lead Photographer: PG Photography Lead Media Director : Tirusha Dave
# Shop, Sell , Strut
My big shout out goes to the parents of Alyssa, Dawn and Mike Lego.... and the others behind the scenes.... What a way to support the dreams of your children ! Take a bow ! To all the amazing designers.... what a great showing !
So ...... point is.... for me....if you have something you are passionate about.... incorporate your peers to help spread your message.... be IN- clusive and not EX- clusive..... How wonderful is it to see this young group changing the World.... enjoy some more photos from the event and stay tuned as we bring you more from Ava's Allocations and the Balcony Blogger !!!!
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