We are pleased to announce the crowning of our 2016 titleholders!!!
The Miss Maine Scholarship Pageant is pleased to announce that Marybeth Noonan of Raymond was crowned as Miss Maine 2016. Madison Leslie of Lewiston-Auburn was crowned Miss Maine's Outstanding Teen 2016! Welcome to this wonderful sisterhood and we are looking forward to both of your years of service!
An Announcement from Julia Furtado, Miss Maine 2011:
As the curtain closes on the 80th Anniversary of the Miss Maine Scholarship Pageant, I wish to make a formal announcement regarding my future involvement. On April 24th, 2016, I decided to resign as the Executive Director of the program in order to further my education in medicine. The Board has elected Laurie Smith as the Executive Director. I will continue to serve on the Board and work with the current Board members and our new titleholders, as we prepare for Nationals. I have been fortunate to experience many successes during my time as ED, including the establishment of an official 501(c)3 non-profit status for our organization. I hold this program, the contestants, our volunteers, and my fellow Board members near to my heart. That being said, we are looking to grow our volunteer base as well as our Board and have several positions to fill in the coming weeks. If you are interested in volunteering in any capacity, big or small, and wish to help us enhance our program and expand our reach, please contact Laurie Smith at email@example.com or Julia Furtado at firstname.lastname@example.org .
MISS MAINE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM, INC. RECEIVES 501 (c) (3) DESIGNATION!!!!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(PORTLAND – January 22, 2016) – The Miss Maine Scholarship Program's Board of Directors is proud to announce its official 501 (c) (3) non-profit status, a major achievement that validates its approach and efforts. In just over a year, the current Board of Directors has worked tirelessly to achieve this status and now has the ability to increase financial scholarships awarded to the young women participating in its great program.
Julia Furtado, Executive Director of The Miss Maine Scholarship Program shares, "One of our first goals was to secure our 501 (c) (3) non-profit status, which not only enables us to provide donors and sponsors a tax deduction, but also provides a number of legal and financial benefits to the organization. Most instrumental were Board Treasurer, Elena Eramo, who volunteered endless hours electronically organizing financial records and Peter Callnan, CPA with Honeck-O'Toole, who provided pro-bono services. The Board can now turn its attention towards establishing a larger scholarship fund to provide sustainable support for the organization."
The Miss Maine Scholarship Pageant is the Official State Preliminary to Miss America, one of the nation's leading achievement programs and the largest source of scholarships for women in the world. Developed by the Miss America Organization, the Miss America Program provides professional and personal opportunities to young women and helps them establish a voice in politics, culture and their community. The Miss America Organization, along with its state and local organizations, makes available more than $45 million in cash and scholarship assistance. Miss Maine receives thousands of dollars in college scholarships, as well as an all-expense paid trip to compete for the title of Miss America. Each contestant, regardless of placement, earns valuable college assistance.
The Miss Maine Scholarship Program's Board of Directors includes Julia Furtado, Executive Director and former Miss Maine 2011, Laurie Smith, Business Manager and Appearance Coordinator, Elena Eramo, Treasurer, Aaron Morris, Fundraising Chair, Sherry Furtado, Secretary, and Jon Stewart, Financial Advisor. We also thank all of the donors, sponsors, volunteers, and friends who have given such generous donations of time and money.
To support the Miss Maine Scholarship Program, Inc. by giving a donation, or to find out how you can get involved, please contact Executive Director, Julia Furtado. To find out more about the Miss Maine Scholarship Program, Inc., please visit our website at www.missmaine.org.
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