In 2008 I had an idea to coordinate a pageant for the Dothan Rescue mission in my hometown of Dothan, Alabama. I named that pageant Miss Heart of Houston County. There were no big plans. There wasn’t a National Pageant in the works, I was just a working mom thankful that a car dealership, a Mary Kay Sales Director, and a couple of local businesses said yes to sponsorships. The rest is history really. That small town pageant is now a National Pageant program that has distributed millions of non perishable food items to non profit organizations all across the USA. We have contributed thousands of non perishable food items to Veterans Service Organizations each year (one of the things I am most proud of) and something that is near and dear to my heart… helps provide toys each year to thousands of kids on Christmas morning through Toys for Tots. The Mary Kay Sales Director who sponsored my first pageant later became a key leader within what would later be known at Miss Heart of the USA. The car dealership that sponsored our very first pageant, the owner of the dealership went on to become the mayor of our amazing city. A couple of key people believed in me and what I was trying to do. Because of that, Miss Heart of the USA has been able to touch the lives of thousands of people through volunteer efforts by our Queens.