NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- While being selected to compete in a pageant is flattering, New Rochelle local Domenica DiSapia has other things on her mind.
DiSapia, 24, who will be competing in the Miss Westchester and Miss Hudson Valley pageants on Aug. 3, is a strong advocate for Project HEAL: a non-profit organization whose mission is to raise money for girls who cannot afford eating disorder treatment and act as mentors, teachers and consultants in communities.
“This pageant is an opportune way to put myself out in the public eye and advocate my platform,” she said.
The cause hits home for DiSapia, who is currently recovering from her own eating disorder.
“I am recovering myself and this pageant enhances my ability to promote PROJECT HEAL and eating disorder treatment and prevention," she said, “I enjoy public speaking and would love to hold assemblies at schools or make health class visits.”
DiSapia is a hip-hop choreographer at a local dance studio. She has choreographed award-winning numbers and hopes to continue her involvement in the arts.
She is also an active philanthropist and participates in a number of charity organizations.
“Whether it’s the bi-weekly donations to Big Brother, bake sales for breast cancer, or annual Toys for Tots drives, I am consistently donating and giving back to my community," she said.
Each Miss Westchester and Miss Hudson Valley Pageant contestant will be judged in swimsuit, evening gown and personal interview.
The winner will receive many gifts and prizes including a $1,000 cash prize.
The pageant will be held on Aug. 3 at 4 p.m. in the White Plains Performing Arts Center.
Tickets for Miss Westchester and Miss Hudson Valley Pageant are on sale now through the White Plains Performing Arts Center Box Office at 877-548-3237 or www.wppac.com.
Prices are $35 in advance or $45 on the day of the performance.
For more information, visit the Pageant Website www.westchesterpageants.com
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