Daily Archives: July 21, 2009

Fashion Rocks the East for Miss Santee and Miss La Mesa Pageants

Miss Santee, Miss Santee Teen, Runners-Up, and Princesses

For over 40 years young women have been vying for the titles of Miss Santee and Miss La Mesa, and more recently Miss Santee Teen and Miss La Mesa Teen.  More than just a “beauty” pageant, these contests provide the young women who become spokespersons for the two cities at civic functions around the county.  I have had the opportunity to meet and work with several of the winners and runners up for Miss Santee and Miss Santee Teen, and have found them to be bright, outgoing, and excellent representatives of the city.

In this time of a declining economy, keeping the double pageant funded (Miss Santee and Miss La Mesa are crowned during the same event) has become more difficult.  In order to continue providing scholarships for the winners of the pageants, the Pageant organizers have put together the first annual fashion show fundraiser (Fashion Rocks the East).  This event will take place on Sunday, August 9, at the La Mesa Community Services Arbor Room at 4975 Memorial Drive in MacArthur Park, and will include a silent auction along with the fashion show.  Models will include former contestants from past pageants, and I have heard that our own Mayor Randy Voepel (The Hardest Working Man in Santee) might take a turn on the runway.  Escorting some of the young ladies, no doubt.

If you would like to help support this event and the scholarship fund, tickets are $20 and can be ordered ahead by calling Pageant Director Alexandra Kuty at 619-698-4163 or email her at misslamesapageant@yahoo.com.  The tickets are first come, first served, so you might want to order ahead since there is not telling how many might be left at the door the day of the event.  You are also welcome to help sponsor or donate to the event.  In addition, they will be collecting used gowns to be donated to the Friends of Scott Organization, which holds a special prom every year for teen cancer patients.  There will also be a special auction of a gemstone necklace donated by Michael’s Jewelers with proceeds going to Santee Santas.

If you are interested in mailing in your ticket order, you can send me a message and I can email you a copy of the order form.


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July Chamber Mixer

July After-5 Mixer

The July Santee Chamber of Commerce After-5 Mixer was held on Thursday, July 16, at the recently opened PakMail in the Albertson’s center.  The event was well attended by local business owners, community groups, and political representatives.  Among those attending were the local representative of U.S. Congressman Duncan D. Hunter, a Placement Specialist from Partnerships with Industry, and several members of the Chamber leadership.

Ted & Kelli Tamez of PakMail

The Mixer hosts were Ted and Kelli Tamez, PakMail franchise owners and Area Developers for Arizona and Southern California.  The Tamezes are proud of their company’s ability to pack and ship just about anything a customer might want to send, from a tea service, to a guitar, to a pocket bike.  And yes, they have done them all.

July Mixer

As always, the Mixer ended with raffle and membership drawings.  Your humble blogger won a $25 gift certificate to The Omlette Factory and two tickets to the Bulls Only Rodeo in Lakeside (which my daughter and her husband enjoyed using last Friday).  Barbara Leetch, former board member of Santee Santas, won a $50 gift certificate to Golden Spoon Yogurt and the 50/50 drawing.  Terry Summers, of Partnerships with Industry, won a PakMail gift bag.  The big winner was Greg Hagen, owner of Smoothie King, who won a Barona Resort and Casino Pack which included two nights at the resort and much more.  The Membership Drawing winner was Colin Goldman, who was not present and so must come to a Mixer and put his card back into the box to be eligible again.

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