First and foremost I am so sorry it has taken me this long to set up a blog. I am literally the most technologically un-advanced person on the planet, therefore blogging was a mystery to me :/
Now that we got that out of the way hehe . . . I am humbled and honored to be able to call myself Miss Brooklyn, 2011!!! Wow, even typing it still feels so weird to me. The events of last week were truly amazing because to be honest I never thought in a million years I would actually walk away with the title. I have been a competitive dancer for almost 17 years, but I am fairly new to the pageant world. Miss Brooklyn 2011 was actually only my second pageant ever. Last year I competed and was lucky enough to tie with Miss Brooklyn 2010 Mallory Hagan for the talent division and ranked 4th runner up. After learning about the pageant world more and more and after having such an amazing experience in 2010, I knew I had to come back and try again, and boy was that the right decision. I COULD NOT, COULD NOT, COULD NOT have done it without the support of my friends, my boyfriend Marc, his mom Lauren and of course my family Mom, Dad, Keith Grandma and Nana. They are my rock, I have a small family but they are the loudest, most supportive family in the world, ask anybody and they will tell you the Moore's are a crazy bunch, but they are certainly an amazing one! They have been with me every step of the way through every endeavor I have ever encountered and have literally never missed a thing :-) I must also give a special thanks to my coach Kimberly Thomas, she helped me so much and was the first person to jump out of their seat when my name was called lol.
I want to give a special shout out to all of the outstanding girls who participated in the pageant. Each and everyone of you were beautiful, kind and so talented. I wish you all nothing but the very best and hope to see you in the future. A special congrats to my sister queens, Carmen Mendoza Miss Kings County 2011, Lauren Molella Oustanding Teen 2011 and Brittney Hollingsworth Brooklyn's Outstanding Teen 2011. I am so excited for the upcoming year and can't wait to get to know everyone. The Miss Brooklyn Organization is certainly one I am so proud to be involved with, Amaris Acosta (Executive Director) and Tamara Walker (Communications Director) are absolutely wonderful. I have been in contact with both of them throughout the week and already adore them. They are both such, savvy, strong, powerful women and I am so thankful to work with them this year.
My Platform that I am supporting this year is one that is very near and dear to my heart. I call it "Performers With A Purpose, Bringing Sarcoma Awareness Center Stage." A few years ago my aunt Josephine was diagnosed with Sarcoma a rare cancer that affects only 1% of adults and 15% of children in the United States each year. Despite the odds my aunt survived and is literally a walking miracle. She was my inspiration for my platform and throughout this year I want to spread Sarcoma Awareness and raise money for a not-for-profit organization called the Sarcoma Alliance. Though my platform focuses on Sarcoma Awareness it is a multipurpose platform because I plan on raising the money by teaching dance clinics in our Brooklyn public schools. The arts is a very big part of who I am, and I thought what better way to raise money for the Sarcoma Alliance then by using what I do best and what I love to do, to my advantage. The performing arts is such an important tool to be exposed to because it is a creative outlet. In these days when arts programs are the first to get cut from the budget I feel it is imperative to make sure children do not lose their arts education. Therefore I will teach at as many elementary and intermediate schools in Brooklyn as I can throughout the year and at the end of it all I plan to host a dance benefit, where dancers from all over Brooklyn INCLUDING those I taught in the schools can come and perform and all of the proceeds will go to the Sarcoma Alliance, hence Performers With A Purpose.
I am SOOO thankful for the chance to represent Brooklyn and cannot wait to dive in head first and do all I can do to make this year a great one. I usually manage to get myself involved in a million things at once, some may say I'm crazy, but I couldn't imagine living my life any other way. Life is to short to sit back and let things happen, you have to take charge and MAKE things happen. That's all for now (I am quite proud of myself for figuring out this blog business, just saying lol) I have a few fun pageant stories from the day of, but I shall get to that tomorrow :-)