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Meet Miss Florida Day Presented by Miami's Badazz Foundation 501c3

Miami, FL

Victoria Cowen, Miss Florida 2014, will meet and greet residents in Miami's Buena Vista neighborhood on Tuesday, May 12th, during the annual Meet Miss Florida Day presented by the non-profit, Badazz Foundation, a Miami-based community empowerment organization. Miss Florida 2014 will hear stories from volunteers about the beautification and restoration efforts of Badazz Foundation, which is dedicated to ending urban blight and empowering residents to restore and beautify their own communities. Miss Florida will also share the details of her own community service projects.

"The Miss Florida Organization commends Carol Storms and her organization, the Badazz Foundation, on the efforts to restore neighborhoods in Miami and create a safer and more beautiful environment for all.  Carol has the vision and the fortitude to turn abandoned homes into habitable residences for the area’s residents and thereby improving their quality of life," said Mary Sullivan, Executive Director, Miss Florida Scholarship Pageant.

Badazz is an acronym which stands for Building, Altruistic, Dynamic, Able-bodied, Zealous, Zeniths. Founder Carol Storms in partnership with representatives from the Miss Florida Pageant, are hosting the meet and greet. Storms said, "it is our distinct honor to introduce Miss Florida 2014 to our Badazz Volunteers and showcase the work we've done. Victoria and other beautiful and intelligent, service-minded young women, who have held the Miss Florida Pageant crown, understand the importance of giving back and community involvement. We are excited to show Miss Florida how with hard work and good deeds volunteers can be inspired to restore abandoned houses into beautiful "Badazz CRYBZ."  We hope her visit will inspire and encourage others to become involved in restoration projects in their own communities," Storms said.

Victoria Cowen Miss Florida 2014, is a senior at Florida State University majoring in Marketing and Professional Sales. She won the Miss Florida title in June 2014 when she competed with 49 other young women for the opportunity to represent the Sunshine State and an educational scholarship of $18,000.00. As Miss Florida she travels the state promoting her personal platform, One Chance, One Choice, Inc. She is a state ambassador for Miss America’s national platform partner, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, and is the Face of the Miss Florida Organization. Victoria serves as a spokesperson for the Everglades Foundation advocating the protection and restoration of America’s Everglades.

Victoria was Florida’s representative at the 2015 Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City, New Jersey and was selected as the third runner up, preliminary swimsuit winner, and recipient of the Charles & Teresa Brown Scholarship. Through her participation in the Miss Florida and the Miss America Pageant, Victoria has won $37,500.00 for her educational assistance.

Victoria will crown her successor, Miss Florida 2015, on June 20, 2015, at the Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg. This is the Miss Florida Pageant’s 80th Anniversary celebration – Shining Bright since 1935!

The Miss America Organization is the world’s largest provider of scholarship assistance for young women and one of nation’s largest achievement programs. The Organization provides young women with a microphone to further their personal and professional goals and instills a spirit of service through a variety of community-based programs.

What: Miss Florida Day Presented by Miami's Badazz Foundation 501c3

Who: Miss Florida Victoria Cowen and Badazz Foundation Volunteers

When: Tuesday, May 12th 4pm-6pm

Where: 568 NW 50 st Miami, FL 33127

To interview Miss Florida contact Tandi Wilder at She Got Game Media (305) 520-9703 or email sggmedia305@gmail.com.