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Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Miss America 2010 Caressa Cameron Enjoys a Spectacular Homecoming!
Miss America 2010 Caressa Cameron
Enjoys a Spectacular Homecoming!
Miss America 2010 Caressa Cameron being escorted into the
Friday Night Gala by Roanoke Mayor David A. Bowers
On Wednesday, March 10, the red carpet was rolled out in the state of Virginia, and soon the festivities began to welcome home Miss America 2010 Caressa Cameron! This was the first time Caressa returned to her home state since being crowned!
A ceremonial crowning of Miss Virginia, Chinah Helmandollar, was the first event planned for Caressa. Several regional reporters and TV crews came out to see Miss America in her home state. Highlights of the day also included a visit to the Lincoln Terrace Elementary School, where Caressa was again greeted by the media but most importantly, by the students who waited eagerly for her to speak and offer her message to them. She stressed the importance of always doing the right thing and shared with them ways that they could make good choices that would positively affect their lives. When Caressa sang, the students' faces showed their true admiration for Miss America!
Caressa posing with kids at Carilion Children's Hospital and newly-crowned
Miss Virginia, China Helmandollar
That evening, Caressa was honored to be the special guest at an exclusive reception at the home of Steve Musselwhite. Steve, Chairman of the Board of the Miss Virginia Organization, and his wife, Billie Sue, hosted a lovely party for Caressa, attended by the Miss Virginia Organization's Board Members, the newly-crowned Miss Virginia, former Miss Virginia's, and Caressa's immediate family. The next day, Caressa made a visit to the Carilion Children's Hospital to interact with the children and their parents. She was a wonderful ambassador for Children's Miracle Network.
The three Miss Virginias who have all taken home the Miss America crown:
From left: Miss America 1999 Nicole Johnson, Miss America 2010 Caressa Cameron,
and Miss America 1979 Kylene Barker
Following the hospital visit, a very special evening was planned at Rockledge! Nancy and Kevin Dye provided a very elegant reception in their magnificent, mountain top home and we sincerely thank them for their generosity. With a breath taking mountain view, Caressa, was able to engage with all of the guests and share her appreciation with them for their support. Although short, the party was most impressive. Then, Caressa was off to the Friday night Gala/Paparazzi Party at Taubman Museum of Art, where Caressa spoke and sang beautifully. Miss America 1979 Kylene Barker and Miss America 1999 Nicole Johnson, along with other Miss Virginia's from the past were on hand to help celebrate Caressa's homecoming!
On Saturday, Caressa spoke to a full room at the Shenandoah Club, which donated the proceeds to Children's Miracle Network. Later that afternoon at the Hotel Roanoke, several hundred people came to receive Caressa's autograph. The enthusiastic crowd was incredibly excited to meet Caressa!
Caressa extends her gratitude for a warm welcome at the Roanoke Hotel
The gala event on Saturday was an event to be remembered. Miss America 2010 Caressa Cameron looked gorgeous and she sang like a star. Kylene and Nicole took turns announcing during the program. Also present was Caressa's homecoming court, which included Miss California 2009 Kristy Cavinder, Miss Louisiana 2009 Katherine Putnam, and Miss Kentucky 2009 Mallory Ervin. Everyone in attendance was thrilled to have Caressa home again! The evening was enchanting, and Caressa was excited to be in Roanoke for homecoming!
Caressa wows the crowd with her vocal talent
A special thanks to Harlen Gudger, our State Executive Director of Virginia, and his wife Vicki, for an incredible homecoming for our Miss America! We salute your efforts for making this Homecoming one to always remember, and we congratulate all of the volunteers who put their heart and soul into such a wonderful week!