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Fashion Fundraiser returns to East County

The very successful Fashion Rocks the East County, which raised money for scholarships for the Miss La Mesa and Miss Santee Pageants the past two years, is back and bigger than ever. This year the event, which takes place on Sunday, August 14, has a new name – Rockin’ SD County Fashion – and new partner pageants. But the goal is the same – to provide money so local winners can continue their education. Last year the event raised $3200 and has a goal of exceeding $5000 this time around. Joining the Miss La Mesa and Miss Santee Pageants are the Miss San Diego, Miss Greater San Diego, and Miss San Diego Cities Pageants. Alexandra Kuty, an organizer of the La Mesa, Santee and San Diego Cities competitions, expects the increased reach of the additional pageants will help bring in more donations, participants, and attendees. The event takes place in the La Mesa Community Services Arbor Room beginning at 6:00 p.m.

The first Fashion Rocks the East show took place in 2009 and was the brainchild of then-Miss Santee Sierra Billock, who wanted to help future winners to have the same opportunities she had. Miss Billock continues to be involved in the organization of the shows, in addition to pursuing her career in business marketing and running for additional titles. Also heavily involved in the project is Troy Hartpence, who is currently director of the Miss Santee Pageant and helps with the La Mesa and Miss San Diego Cities events as well. “All of the proceeds will go back into giving the 2012 contestants and titleholders scholarship money to further their education,” explains Ms. Hartpence. Katie Martin, who received a $1000 scholarship as Miss La Mesa this year, says of the pageants, “It’s a wonderful platform to promote causes that are important to you and with the help of our fundraisers it’s also a great way to award the titleholders with much needed funds for education.

This year Old Navy (Santee) and Be Beauty Boutique (Little Italy) have already confirmed their participation in the show, with past and present titleholders modeling some of their offerings. In the past Act II, PreVue, and Sara’s Selections have also provided fashions for the show. As in the past, the Santee-based band Ramshackle will provide musical entertainment and accompaniment to the event. The show is open to the public, with tickets $10 in advance or $20 at the door, and includes a silent auction and dessert reception in addition to the fashion show. The show is looking for additional donations for the silent auction, and any other assistance or support is welcome. For more information, to donate items for the silent auction, or to purchase tickets contact Alexandra Kuty at 619-518-2777 or email at MissSDCitiesPageant@yahoo.com.

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Former Miss Santee to Compete in Miss San Diego Cities Pageant

Sierra Billock, the 2009 Miss Santee, will compete in a field of 24 young women in the first Miss San Diego Cities Pageant. The event takes place on Memorial Day, Monday May 30, at the Joan Kroc Center beginning at 5:00 p.m. The Miss San Diego Cities is the first county-wide pageant since the Fairest of the Fair ended in 2004 that does not include swimsuit or talent elements in the competition.

The pageant is 4 Points Event Production under the direction of Alexandra Kuty,  who is also executive director of the Miss La Mesa and Miss Santee Pageants. The goal of the pageant is to provide young women from around San Diego the opportunity to compete for the right to represent the entire county. Contestants do not need to have won a previous pageant to participate.

As the 2009 Miss Santee, Miss Billock was heavily involved in city events and the Miss La Mesa and Miss Santee Pageants. It was her efforts that brought about the Fashion Rocks the East fashion show to raise money for scholarships for the winners. Miss Billock continues to be involved with the pageants and helped to coordinate the 2010 fashion show.

Admission to the Miss San Diego Cities Pageant is $20 at the door. The Joan B. Kroc Theater is located at 6845 University Avenue, San Diego, CA 92115.

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Miss Santee-Miss La Mesa Pageants Near

The annual Miss La Mesa-Miss Santee Pageants take place on Friday, March 4, at the Sunrise Community Church on N. Magnolia Ave. The Pageant is open to young women age 13-16 (Miss Teen) and 17-26 (Miss), with the focus on community service and leadership. There is no fee to enter and winners receive scholarship money raised from donors and the annual Fashion Rocks the East fundraising show. The competition includes a personal interview, evening gown, and on-stage question, but no swimwear. The women also compete in an essay writing contest. The winners become their city’s hostesses and representatives for the next year.

Over the past two years the Miss Santee winners, Sierra Billock (2009) and Kimberly Swank (2010) have been outstanding representatives, ably aided by the Teen winners, Nicole Ehlke (2009) and Taylor Shelton (2010). Ms. Billock, in fact, was the originator of the Fashion Rocks the East show and continues to work along with the Pageant directors. The Miss and Miss Teen attend the annual Santee Street Fair and the new Santee Car Show, the Holiday Lighting Celebration, new business openings, and more. In addition, girls age 6-12 can become Santee Princesses and join the Queens and their courts at local events.

If you or a young woman you know would be interested in either competing for Miss or Miss Teen Santee or La Mesa, there is still time to apply. The deadline is Sunday, February 20. You can get more information from the Santee or La Mesa Chambers of Commerce or from Pageant Director Alexandra Kuty (619-698-4163 or misssanteepageant@yahoo.com).

On Wednesday, February 9, the Pageants held a “movie night” where 2011 contestants could watch the video from the 2010 Pageant. This has become an annual event that gives new contestants an opportunity to see just what to expect. This year the event was held at the Santee Sportsplex USA. Below are some pictures from the day.

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Second Fashion Rocks the East a Success

The second annual Fashion Rocks the East fundraiser for the Miss La Mesa and Miss Santee Pageants drew an enthusiastic crowd to the La Mesa Community Center on Sunday, August 8, 2010. About 50 models, most either current or former Pageant contestants, showed off donated outfits from shops from La Mesa and Santee. A big “Thank You” goes out to Act II, PreVue, and Sara’s Selections in La Mesa and Rue 21 and Old Navy in Santee for all of their support. Thank you as well to all the other businesses and individuals that supported the event by donating to the silent auction. All together over $3,300 was raised to support the Pageant scholarship programs.

Sierra Billock, 2009 Miss Santee and currently a contestant for Miss California-USA, was the driving force behind this event. Last year she decided that a fashion show would be an excellent way to showcase local businesses, support the Miss La Mesa/Miss Santee Pageants, and help provide future Pageant winners with scholarships. She knew going in that it would be a challenge, particularly in this difficult economy, but with the support of the Pageant directors and the community the first Fashion Rocks the East came off smoothly. This year was even more successful, and Miss Billock hopes that it continues to grow over the years. With her enthusiasm and dedication, there should be no doubt about it.

Enjoy a few pictures from the Second Annual Fashion Rocks the East.

Sierra Billock, Miss Santee 2009, and Nicole Ehlke, Miss Santee Teen 2009

Mingling at the Dessert Reception and Silent Auction

Kimberly Swank, Miss Santee 2010, and Taylor Shelton, Miss Santee Teen 2010, show off specially donated jewelry from Michael’s Jewelers in Santee and Golden Artistry in La Mesa

Santee Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Warren Savage with Miss Santee 2008 Heather DePriest and Miss Santee Teen 2008 Lizzie Lingasin

Miss Santee Teens from 2007, 2008, and 2009

L-R: Jenee Musson, Lizzie Lingasin, Nicole Ehlke

Miss Santee Teen 2010 3rd Runner Up Rebecca Hudson and Miss La Mesa Teen 2009 Katarina Schweitzer model fashions from Rue 21

Miss Santee Teen 2010 Taylor Shelton and Miss La Mesa Teen 2010 Danamarie McNicholl Carter model party fashions from PreVue

Music was proved by Santee’s own Ramshackle

2009 and 2010 Miss Santee and Miss Teen Santee Queens model fashions from PreVue

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Fashion to Rock the East County Again

On Sunday, August 8, Fashion will once again Rock the East as the Miss La Mesa and Miss Santee Pageants present their second fashion show fund raiser. Last year the event raised over $2500 to help provide scholarships to the winners, and this year they hope to reach $4000. As before, there will be a fashion show and a silent auction with some very special items. This year the silent auction includes a Barona Moments Getaway Package and a behind-the-scenes tour of the KGTV studios.

The first Fashion Rocks the East was the brainchild of 2009 Miss Santee, Sierra Billock, who is currently a contestant for the Miss California USA title. Sierra wanted to do something that would help provide future Miss La Mesa and Santee winners with suitable scholarships. The hard work and dedication of all of the directors and 2009 courts made the inaugural show a success. Now they need continued support from the communities of Santee and La Mesa to continue.

Tickets for Fashion Rocks the East are $20 and can be ordered by contacting Pageant Director Alexandra Kuty at misslamesapageant@yahoo.com or at 619-698-4163.  You can also check out Miss La Mesa and Miss Santee Pageant on Facebook. There is also a good article on the fashion show on East County Magazine. The fun kicks off with a dessert reception at 3:00 pm in the Arbor Room at the La Mesa Community Center. Come out and support these wonderful young ladies.

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Santee and La Mesa Crown “Fairest”


On Friday, March 5, the combined Miss La Mesa and Miss Santee Pageant was held at Sonrise Community Church.  This annual event crowns the young women who will be representatives for their respective cities for the next year.  A total of 39 young ladies, ages 14 to 26, competed for the titles of Miss and Miss Teen for La Mesa and Santee.  In addition to the top prizes, awards were also given for outstanding efforts in speech, interview, and essay. 


The evening started off with a welcome from the current Miss Santee, Sierra Billock, and Miss La Mesa, Stephanie Packard, and the singing of the National Anthem by Ms. Packard.  This was followed by an opening number featuring the 2009 queens and 2010 contestants/delegates performed to Miley Cyrus’ “Party in the U.S.A.”  Then MCs Miss Greater San Diego, Ashley-Monique Alcala, and Miss Greater San Diego Teen, Alexis Swanstrom, took the podium to introduce the judges and continue with the Pageant.  This included a special presentation of stuffed animals collected for the La Mesa Police Department’s program that provides these little reassuring friends to children who have been affected by crimes. 


After a presentation by the City of Santee and the Community Crown Award, La Mesa and Santee Miss Teen delegates took part in the Evening Gown competition and On-Stage Questions.  Questions ranged from the simple to the detailed, but were more designed to allow the contestants to show how well they do in an extemporaneous situation.  Some of the young women did quite well in this portion of the contest, while others seemed less comfortable answering questions in front of the crowd.  


The Miss Teen section was followed by the introduction of the La Mesa and Santee Princesses.  These are girls age 6 to 12 who get training in etiquette, go through some of the pageant activities, and later take part in some city events along with the queens.  It was interesting to see how many of the girls from Santee attend my younger daughter’s former school of Cajon Park, as do some of the regular delegates. 


After the presentation of the Princesses it was time for the Miss La Mesa and Santee delegates to take part in the Evening Gown and On-Stage Question competition.  It was very similar to the Miss Teen portion of the Pageant, with beautiful gowns, confident young women, and an eclectic variety of questions.  When the Gown-and-Question segment was complete, the final tallying of points began.  While this was going on the City of La Mesa presentation and Community Crown Award took place, followed by remarks by Pageant Director Alexandra Kuty and the introduction of visiting queens from around the county. 


The most touching part of the evening was the Farewell Addresses by the reigning 2009 queens.  All four young women were escorted to the stage by their families, then the queens spoke to the audience and took one final bow.  I felt the outgoing Santee queens Sierra Billock and Nicole Ehlke, who came out first, were especially eloquent in their farewell speeches.  It was clear that both pairs of young women had developed strong friendships over this past year, and the Teens both spoke of their counterparts as big sisters. 


Finally the time came to announce all the various winners – from interview, speech, and essay winners to the new 2010 queens for Santee and La Mesa.  One of the interesting stories of the night was when Miss Santee Teen Nicole Ehlke, whose youngest sister Michelle is a Santee Princess, draped the Miss Santee Teen 2nd Runner Up sash on her middle sister Jennifer.  The top winners were Miss Santee 2010 Kimberly Swank, a former Miss Santee Teen, Miss Santee Teen 2010 Taylor Shelton, Miss La Mesa 2010 Erynne Grecco, and Miss La Mesa Teen Danamarie McNicholl-Carter. 

Santee Results 

Miss Santee:  Kimberly Swank 

Miss Santee Runners Up:  Jenee Musson, Victoria Heyne, Rebecca Hudson, Laura Fowler 

Miss Santee Teen:  Taylor Shelton 

Miss Santee Teen Runners Up:  Maria Maes, Jennifer Ehlke, Jessica Faust, Hannah Mueller 

Miss Congeniality:  April Streeter          Teen:  Maria Maes 

Miss Photogenic:  Kimberly Swank          Teen: Hannah Mueller 

Speech Award:  Jenee Musson          Teen:  Jessica Faust 

Essay Award:  Rebecca Hudson           Teen:  Hannah Mueller 

Interview Award:  Kimberly Swank          Teen:  Taylor Shelton 

La Mesa Results 

Miss La Mesa:  Erynne Grecco 

Miss La Mesa Runners Up:  Briana Gomez, Jamie Marliere 

Miss La Mesa Teen:  Danamarie McNicholl-Carter 

Miss La Mesa Teen Runners Up:  Katie Yale, Susanna Wiggins 

Miss Congeniality:  Kambra Potter          Teen:  Danamarie McNicholl-CarterKambra

Miss Photogenic:  Erynne Grecco          Teen:  Katie Yale 

Speech Award:  Kambra Potter          Teen:  Sheri Robertson 

Interview Award:  Erynne Grecco          Teen:  Danamarie McNicholl-Carter 

Essay Award:  Erynne Grecco         Teen:  Morgan Holliman   

For more pictures from the Pageant, click here.

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2010 Miss Santee and Miss La Mesa Pageants

This Friday, March 5, the 2010 Miss La Mesa and Miss Santee Pageants will be held at Sonrise Community Church in Santee.  The young women who will be chosen become community representatives for their respective cities, and each receives scholarship money toward their future education.  I have been fortunate enough to work with the current Miss Santee, Sierra Billock, and Miss Santee Teen, Nicole Ehlke, and they have both done wonderful jobs helping to promote the city at various events.

The Pageants start at 6:00 pm, and tickets are available at the door for $20 and programs for $5.  Sonrise Community Church is located at 8805 N. Magnolia Ave. in Santee, just north of the new SR-67/SR-52 construction.  Please come out and support these programs and the young women involved.

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Fashion Rocks East County

Fashion Rocks the East

Sunday, August 9, the Arbor Room at the La Mesa Community Services complex was rocking to the music of the band Ramshackle and hot fashions provided by several East County boutiques and modeled by an enthusiastic group of current and former Miss La Mesas and Santees and their Teen counterparts.

Models wait for their turn to go on

Waiting to Go On

The event started at 2:00 pm with a Silent Auction, Opportunity Drawing, and Dessert Reception.  Among the items up for auction were flower arrangements, jewelry, tickets to local attractions, gift baskets, a chance to be a Charger Girl for a Day, and a beautiful print of a tiger in the snow.  The Opportunity Drawing was for two special necklaces, one donated by Michael’s Jewelers of Santee and the other by Golden Artistry of La Mesa.  The money for these two items went to benefit Santee Santas and La Mesa’s Peter Pan Junior Theater.  All other proceeds went toward the Miss La Mesa and Miss Santee scholarship funds.

Opportunity Drawing Winners

Drawing Winners

This was a true community effort, with support from both the La Mesa and Santee Chambers of Commerce and Mayors Art Madrid (La Mesa) and Randy Voepel (Santee).  Many of the businesses providing auction items or desserts were also from the East County.  Outfits for the show were provided by Sara’s Selections, Old Navy(Santee), Act IISentimental Fashions, Girls Fashionably Late, and PreVue– all from La Mesa, El Cajon, and Santee.  Even the band Ramshackle is based in Santee.


The day was hosted by current Miss Santees and La Mesas, Sierra Billock and Stephanie Packard, and their Miss Teens, Nicole Ehlke (Santee) and Katarina Schweitzer (La Mesa).  Sierra Billock was also one of the minds behind the idea of a fund raising fashion show and the special fund drawing that went to support Santee Santas and Peter Pan Theater.  The pageants are fortunate to have such an active, enthusiastic representative.  Another major player in the event was Alexandra Kuty, the Pageant Producer and a former Miss La Mesa (2000).  Congratulations to all involved for a great job.

On the Runway

On the Runway


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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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Miss Santee Pageant Update

Miss Santee Princesses

The 2009 Miss Santee/Miss Santee Teen Pageant will be on Friday, March 6 – just two weeks away.  The coordinators are looking for businesses that would like to donate prizes and/or scholarship money for the winners.  There may also still be an opportunity for young Santee women to participate in the pageant, either as contestants (age 13-26) or in the Santee Princess Program (ages 6-12).  For more information, to donate, or to request a form for tickets you can contact Alexandra Kuty (Pageant Director) at misssanteepageant@yahoo.com or at 619-698-4163.

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