Volume 4 Issue 11 - March 2016

Mrs. Nebraska 2016 To Be Crowned This Month

On March 5th, Mrs. Nebraska 2016 will be crowned at the Scottish Rite Temple in Omaha. The pageant starts at 6:30 with doors opening at 6:00 p.m.  This year six amazing ladies will vie for the title of Mrs. Nebraska America 2016! Two contestants returning from last year are Mrs. Heartland-Shannon Norman and Mrs. Kearney- Sara Foulk. The remaining four contestants are Mrs. Lancaster County-Kerri Otto, Mrs. Southwest-Ashley Ambrosek, Mrs. Aksarben-Ashley Hall, and Mrs. Douglas County-Ashley Gorham. Former Mrs. Nebraska's Jen Bradley and Jen Hart serve as this year’s emcees. Karalyn Hoefer will sing and Kathleen Valentine will sign the National Anthem. Terri Krolikowski will serve as Head of Judges.  Mrs. Nebraska titleholders are once again sponsoring (and will present) the various awards.  A pre-pageant dinner for Mrs. Nebraska titleholders will be held at Le Bouillon in the Old Market. Reservations are at 4:30. If you wish to attend contact Terri Krolikowski by March 3rd. The after pageant party will take place at Roja Mexican Grill in the Old Market. Mrs. Nebraska 2015-Erika Shelton has had an amazing year with her platform—PCAN Foundation and whoever becomes Mrs. Nebraska 2016 definitely has some big high heels to fill!

Pictured above: Mrs. Nebraska titleholders at the 2015 Pageant

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Birthdays and Anniversaries

Birthdays

• Peggy Phillips - March 1st

• Kim Daniels - March 1st

• Ann Lacey-Kerrey - March 7th

• Debra Gray - March 24th

• Susie Sochor - March 26th

• Michele Strom - March 28th

Anniversaries

• Amanda and Brady Reinert - March 26th

• Deb and Dick Essex - March 27th

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Erika Recaps Her Year As Mrs. Nebraska 2015

Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that I would be Mrs. Nebraska America 2015. Pageantry was never anything I considered competing in. The only pageant I had ever watched was Miss America as a little girl on television. When a friend of mine suggested that I give the Mrs. Nebraska pageant a try, I was very hesitant, especially not knowing anything about the system and what it all entailed. When I started looking into it more, that was when I realize that this was way more than just a "beauty pageant". Mrs. Nebraska America is about celebrating married women, their accomplishments, goals, and community involvement. I saw this as the perfect gateway to promote my nonprofit, Pediatric Cancer Action Network (PCAN). What I have been able to accomplish this last year has Mrs. Nebraska, has been instrumental in the success of PCAN being able to help many families in Nebraska affected by pediatric cancer. We more than doubled funds raised from the previous year and we are proud to say that we raised over $42,000 in 2015. Every dime raised for PCAN stays in the state of Nebraska, helping alleviate the financial burden that comes with having a child diagnosed with pediatric cancer.  I have loved every minute, every appearance, and every person that I have met on this journey of being Mrs. Nebraska… Even learning to walk in 5 inch heels. With nearly 70 appearances during my reign, I will cherish all of the memories of the fundraisers, parades, pictures and autographs forever! The best part is that my amazing family was able to join me on most of my adventures. Together, we made memories that will last a lifetime and we will be able to look back and reminisce for years to come!  I want to thank my incredible sisterhood of former Mrs. Nebraska's. You ladies have welcomed me with open arms and have been so supportive of me and my reign. The send off party was so much fun and I truly took all of your words of wisdom and encouragement with me to Mrs. America! I am so lucky to not only call you friends, but family.

Finally, I want to thank the people of the state of Nebraska. The outpouring of love and support I have received throughout my reign has been amazing! When I competed at Mrs. America in Las Vegas in September, I could truly feel all of the prayers of encouragement while I was there. Being able to compete on a national stage with incredible women from across the country was unlike anything I could ever imagine! I finished in the top 15 and I have my family, friends, supporters, and my state to thank for helping me succeed there! There truly is "no place like Nebraska"!

For a final time and with all my love, I am your Mrs. Nebraska 2015, Erika Shelton

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Farewell Reception Honors Mrs. Nebraska 2015 - Erika Shelton

On Sunday, February 28th a Farewell Reception honoring Mrs. Nebraska 2015-Erika Shelton was held at Lee’s Chicken Restaurant hosted by former Mrs. Nebraska Director-Jan Wilcoxen. The current Mrs. Nebraska Director, Deanna Hayes, was in attendance along with many of Erika’s family and friends. A big thank you goes to Jan Wilcoxen for her continued love and support of the Mrs. Nebraska Organization!

Note from our Director-Deanna Hayes would like to thank all of the Mrs. Nebraska titleholders for your tremendous support in preparation for the 2016 Mrs. Nebraska Pageant. She is proud to be part of this amazing sisterhood and hopes you are pleased with this year’s production!

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