My name is Melissa M. Festa, Mrs. Highlands United States 2013, and I am a contestant in the Mrs. New Jersey United States pageant that will take place May 2013.
My reason for entering this pageant started from when my grandmother (who is now my guardian angel) use to tell me since I can remember that I should enter a beauty pageant. But the real push for me happened after Hurricane Sandy hit the Jersey Shore and devastated many Shore homes including my hometown Highlands, New Jersey.
I wish to bring much needed attention to this area so I named my platform“Restoring The Shore: Hope For Highlands”, to bring visibility to my hometown, Highlands, as well as many of the surrounding towns that were hit extremely hard.
For those that are not aware, Highlands is a very small town near Sandy Hook. Everyone in Highlands pretty much knows everybody. After Hurricane Sandy hit and flooded many areas that were considered safe areas to park your cars during storms have now changed. There are now new flood maps/zone areas in which homes must now be raised about 14 feet or higher. If homes are not raised according to these new standards the insurance rates will sky rocket more than anyone can afford. On top of this many families are still trying to recover and rebuild but there is only so much they can do considering they were either denied FEMA or they only received a portion to cover the damage that was done. Hope for Highlands is a campaign that is currently being run in my hometown through the Highlands Business Partnership to raise funds through benefits in order to help residents get the funding they need to rebuild.
I wish to bring much needed attention to this area and to make sure there is more than enough funds to help many families restore their homes and to bring life back to the Jersey Shore. I am a Jersey Shore girl born and raised and I will not turn away from a place that will forever be my home. God Bless The Jersey Shore!!!! Jersey Strong!!!!
I look forward to my very first pageant as I represent Highlands, New Jersey as your Mrs. Highlands United States 2013 & will do my very best to bring home the title as Mrs. NJ United States. With all the support I am receiving, I already feel like a winner 🙂 Thank you all for your continued love and support.
***PERSONAL SPONSORS: Relatives, friends, business owners, organizations, etc…I’ve created a PayPal page where you may make any donation within your budget. I greatly appreciate all of your help and continued support.
(Note: Please continue to leave notes providing your name/company name so that I may acknowledge your contributions in my thank yous.)
***BUSINESS SPONSORS: If you wish to become my business sponsor in the Mrs. New Jersey pageant, please send an email providing your name and contact information to: firstname.lastname@example.org and I will gladly send over the sponsorship forms. Or you may download the sponsorship forms below: (4 pages).
Should you decide to become a sponsor or advertiser, you may send any payments or ad copy to:
The Mrs. New Jersey United States Organization
P.O. Box 363, Florham Park, NJ 07932.
(Note: Make reference to my name, Melissa M. Festa, in your mailing.)