Long before she had any idea of its many dimensions, the notion of diversity was ingrained in Ericka Dunlap. As a youngster attending a private Protestant school in Orlando, she was the only African American girl in her classes for years. Yet, there was also exposure to fellow students from unexpected backgrounds Jewish, Catholic, Hindu that nurtured an appreciation of other cultures and religions.
Dunlap never dreamed that the influence of these early formative experiences, which would be deepened and enriched over the years, would become the source of a platform that would take her to points throughout the country and beyond. In the Fall of 2003, when she was crowned Miss America 2004, Dunlap announced that she would promote the ideals of cultural diversity and inclusion during her reign.
Through her experience as Miss America, Dunlap had taken her message to venues throughout the country, including several that are not typically associated with Miss America. She appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, the Hollywood Squares game show, Fox News, The O'Reilly Factor, and she was the grand marshal of a NASCAR race. She was especially enthused about visiting the troops in Kuwait, her first trip abroad. "It was wonderful, it was absolutely amazing," she said. "It was the best trip I probably will ever take". "It definitely boosted the troops morale, and it boosted my own because it gave me a chance to see what I have and what I take for granted.
The Sheraton Great Valley Hotel is an upscale property in Chester County at Route 30 and Rt. 202. With 198 well appointed guest rooms and suites featuring Sheraton Sweet Sleeper Beds . The Hotel features the White Horse Tavern built circa 1725, and over 7,000 Square Feet of Meeting Space.
The Hotel supports local civic organizations such as the South Brandywine Middle School and completely embraces the principles of a diversified cultural society.
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