Miss Florida 2003 Sponsorship Details

Carrie Ann
Miss Florida USA 2003

Please look over the sponsorship info below. If you have any additional questions or if you would like to be a sponsor, please e-mail Carrie...
MissFLUSA@aol.com


Sponsorship Details & Frequently Asked Questions...

Introduction Letter from Carrie
Pictures of an ecstatic Carrie winning Miss Florida USA 2003
What is Miss USA all about?
Nitty Gritty on the pageant parent: Miss Universe Organization
What about Miss Florida USA?
Who is Carrie Ann(St. Pete Times article)?
As a potential sponsor, how can I be involved?
What's in it for me as a sponsor?

Introduction Letter

Dear Businessperson,
Hello! My name is Carrie Ann, and I was recently crowned Miss Florida USA 2003. I am a lifetime resident of Florida, a graduate of the University of Florida, and am currently a student at the University of Miami School of Medicine. I'm excited about representing the sunshine state at the nationally-televised Miss USA pageant, but I need your help!

The preparations for Miss USA will be intense, and I am counting on the support of my fellow Floridians. I hope this packet will introduce you to the Miss Florida USA and Miss USA organizations, as well as give you an insight into what goes into the competition. Additionally, you will find information about myself and my goals, as well as how you can be involved with this endeavor.

I sincerely appreciate you taking the time to read though this material. Please feel free to contact me with any questions. You can contact me via email at the address listed above. I look forward to hearing from you and developing a relationship that will benefit your organization as well.

Sincerely,
Carrie Ann
Miss Florida USA 2003


Carrie wins Miss Florida USA 2003


What is Miss USA all about?

Who would have thought that a local "bathing beauty" competition spearheaded by Catalina Swimwear in Long Beach, CA would metamorphose into a landmark annual tradition with countless young women around the country vying to become Miss USA? As hundreds of millions of fans have watched in 125 different countries, the homegrown contest has evolved into a powerful, year-round, international organization that advances and supports opportunities for these role models.

Becoming what is now considered American royalty is still an obtainable dream for young women 50 years later. Today, Miss USA has become a fixture of pop culture, ingrained in the landscape of our minds. As the first cover subject of MS magazine's premier issue in 1969, Miss USA continues to stand proud, breaking boundaries and defining what it means to be a woman in the 21st century.

These women are savvy, goal-oriented and aware. The delegates who become part of the Miss Universe Organization display those characteristics in their everyday lives, both as individuals, who compete with hope of advancing their careers, personal and humanitarian goals, and as women who see to improve the lives of others. Currently, Miss USA is experiencing a rebirth, playing a critical role in making the next 100 years "The Century of Women."


Nitty Gritty on the Miss Universe Organization®

The Miss Universe Organization, producers of the MISS UNIVERSE®, MISS USA® and MISS TEEN USA® competitions, is an international company that advances and supports today's women. These women are savvy, goal-oriented and aware. The delegates who become part of the Miss Universe Organization display those characteristics in their everyday lives, both as individuals who participate in the competitions to advance their careers, personal and humanitarian goals, and as women who seek to improve the lives of others.

Television... and More

Hundreds of millions of people know the Miss Universe Organization as the producer of three landmark annual television events, but that is only the most public element of this diverse group of dedicated people. Just as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is known for the annual live television event, The Academy Awards, the Miss Universe Organization is most recognized for its three live TV specials. Those popular events, however, are just the beginning.

The organization has redefined itself, just as it is redefining the world's views of the women who attain its exclusive titles and as it is communicating women's views of their own roles. The Miss Universe Organization provides the opportunities - the mentoring, career training, resources and life experiences - for women to be personally enriched through the organization's year-round support of all aspects of their lives, from their own personal career goals to social and humanitarian causes and work.

The titleholders of the Miss Universe Organization personify the combination of beauty and intelligence that defines the 21st Century. In keeping with its global view and position as creator of role models, the Miss Universe Organization has a new corporate structure and enhanced corporate goals.

50 Years... and Making History...

Very few "brands" or entertainment properties reach 50th anniversaries, let alone with new energy, strength and influence. The Miss Universe Organization, now in its 50th year, is an exception. Stronger than ever, its global reach and impact are setting standards for the future.

...With Donald J. Trump and CBS

The Miss Universe Organization is a joint ownership company of Donald J. Trump and CBS formed in November 1996. In January 1997, the partnership officially became "MISS UNIVERSE L.P., LLLP." The next television event under the new structure is the MISS UNIVERSE® 2002 competition in San Juan, Puerto Rico on May 29, 2002 when millions of people will view the telecast live on the CBS Television Network.

An Unbelievable Year Ahead


The Titleholders then embark on a year unlike anything else, receiving exciting prizes, cash and services, as well as:

CONCLUSION:

The Miss Universe Organization's telecasts, long a national and worldwide tradition, are redefined with new ownership, leadership and vision for the world of the 21st century.


What about Miss Florida USA?

Miss Florida USA is one of the most coveted titles in pageantry today. Not only do 55 of the most beautiful and talented young ladies in the state vie for the crown each year, THE PAGEANT IS TELEVISED LIVE TO MILLIONS OF HOUSEHOLDS IN FLORIDA, THE CARIBBEAN, AND SOUTH AMERICA! The contestants spend a week at the beautiful Westin Diplomat Resort in Hollywood, Florida making friends, rehearsing, spending nights on the town, and preparing for the big night.

Contestants in Miss Florida USA compete in three categories: interview, swimsuit, and evening gown.

On finals night, the young ladies are interviewed onstage by the host of the show, television personality Louis Agarre.

Swimsuit is up next, the part of the pageant that requires the most blood sweat, and tears. Ok, maybe just a lot of sweat!

The evening gown competition is, of course, the highlight of the evening.


Who is Carrie Ann?

from The St. Petersburg Times - Reproduced with permission

ST. PETERSBURG -- The beauty pageant Web site says Miss Florida USA's favorite color is yellow. Her favorite food, Thai curry. Her favorite magazine, Sports Illustrated. But probe a little deeper, and the surprises begin.

Carrie Ann Mewha (pronounced mee-wha) is a second-year medical student at the University of Miami, working toward a career in maternal-fetal medicine. She was valedictorian of her class at St. Petersburg High School. She was a National Merit Scholar. The 23- year-old graduate of the University of Florida holds degrees in microbiology and cell science. In 1999, she was the university's homecoming queen.

She was crowned Miss Florida USA on Saturday. "I'd like to dispel some of the pageant myths and stereotypes," she said this week.

Her mother, Pam, elaborated. "She likes putting on stunningly attractive clothes and putting a crown on her head and then going out and talking about the importance of academics," Mrs. Mewha said.

"She wants to see girls getting into sciences and breaking through those stereotypes. She really believes we need more women in medicine."

The new Miss Florida USA describes herself as tenacious, compassionate and unconventional.

"My daughter, besides being a very pretty girl ... is also a very intelligent young lady," said a proud Jim Mewha, former football coach at St. Petersburg High School.

Her title means she will represent Florida in the Miss USA Pageant. That winner will go to the Miss Universe Pageant.


Ms. Mewha worked out in the gym for an hour and half every day to prepare for her swimsuit competition.

She watched what she ate. She had to find sponsors for her wardrobe. One, Malindy Elene, at 1180 Central Ave., provided her evening gown. She had to be knowledgeable about current events.

Saturday night, her efforts paid off.

How did a busy medical student find time for both academics and a beauty contest?

"It's just a lot of time management," the new Miss Florida USA said. "School is always my first priority and my focus."

But Ms. Mewha believes beauty and brains can come as a package and that pageants offer a way to showcase both.

"I think that you find that most of the girls that compete in these pageants are very ambitious. They are extremely outgoing and they are really intelligent," she said.

"I think pageants have a lot to offer. It's a great outlet for me. It's a lot of fun. It teaches a lot about competition, sportsmanship."

What are her fellow medical students saying?

"I don't know how many of them know. My friends are a bit surprised," she said, adding that they mostly see her in scrubs and a pony tail.

"I'm still kind of numb. It doesn't seem real until I see pictures of myself with the crown on."

Copyright Times Publishing Co. Jul 17, 2002


How can I be involved as a sponsor?

Iím glad you asked! As you can probably tell by now, a lot of time and effort goes into competing in any pageant, especially one as prestigious as Miss USA. Furthermore, a lot of EXPENSE goes into competing, and thatís where I need your help. I am looking for Florida businesses interested in helping me bring the Miss USA crown to Florida, for the first time ever!

I will be at the Miss USA pageant for nearly three weeks, and, as you can imagine, the wardrobe requirements are extensive to say the least! So one of my main sponsorship priorities is clothing or financial assistance for that clothing. Additionally, I will be traveling quite a bit as I prepare for the pageant, and I will need to pay for a traveling companion for the final 10 days of Miss USA (airfare, hotel, rental car). Iím sure you can imagine how these costs begin to add up, especially for a medical student! My final sponsorship goal is to make sure my family will be able to watch me realize my dream as I compete for the Miss USA crown. Beside travel and accommodation costs, the tickets for the pageant are typically over $100, with an additional $100 to attend the coronation ball. More than anything, I want to enable my family to be with me at this exciting event.

 

If you think you can help with any part of this preparation, please keep reading!


"Whatís in it for me???"

Great question! As Miss Florida USA, I am in the unique position of being able to bring publicity and public awareness to my sponsors. Inviting customers to come "meet Miss Florida USA" is a great draw, and I LOVE signing autographs! Advertising that you dressed Miss Florida USA (and possibly the next Miss USA!) certainly canít hurt your reputation! Furthermore, you can be assured you are associating your business with an organization of the highest regard and a young lady of the highest moral values.

If you are interested in becoming involved with the pageant on an ongoing basis (i.e. sponsoring next yearís winner as well), there is an opportunity to be showcased to millions of home viewers on the live television show.

OK, so you want some details. Here is a breakdown of the sponsor levels and the "perks" that accompany them. . .

Crown Sponsor $5000*

3 appearances at your business (or any charity you are involved with)

Use of Miss Florida USA 2003 in local and/or intratrade advertising

4 tickets to Miss Florida USA 2004 (to be held in July of 2003)

Framed, autographed official portrait of Miss Florida USA 2003

Full page advertisement on Miss Florida USAís personal website

Platinum Sponsor $2500*

2 appearances at your business (or any charity you are involved with)

Use of Miss Florida USA 2003 in local and/or intratrade advertising

2 tickets to Miss Florida USA 2004 (to be held in July of 2003)

Framed, autographed official portrait of Miss Florida USA 2003

Half-page advertisement on Miss Florida USAís personal website

Gold Sponsor $1000*

1 appearance at your business (or any charity you are involved with)

Use of Miss Florida USA name and likeness in local and/or intratrade advertising

Framed, autographed official portrait of Miss Florida USA 2003

Logo advertisement on Miss Florida USAís personal website

Silver Sponsor $500*

1 appearance at your business (or any charity you are involved with)

Use of Miss Florida USA name and likeness in local and/or intratrade advertising

Autographed official portrait of Miss Florida USA

Logo advertisement on Miss Florida USAís personal website

* Amounts include in-kind gifts