Friday, June 26, 2009

Miss Pomona Update!


Media Contact:Lorena Matarrita

Downtown Pomona Owner’s Association101 W Mission Blvd #110-410, Pomona, CA 91766

(909) 469-1121(909) 469-1120 Fax

Restoring a Healthy Sense of Optimism Throughout the City
POMONA, Calif., (June 26, 2008)—The Downtown Pomona’s Owners Association (DPOA) announced today that it will host the Miss Pomona Pageant this year. Returning from a two year hiatus, the Miss Pomona Pageant award ceremony is scheduled for the evening of October 25, 2009 at the newly remodeled Fox Theater.

“The Miss Pomona Pageant is a very special event to many residents, and we are delighted to have the opportunity to bring this experience back,” said Lorena Matarrita, Co-Chair of the Miss Pomona committee and Miss Pomona 2004. “The pageant which has gone missing for two years will return, and a very deserving young lady will be crowned Miss Pomona in October.”

To participate in the pageant, candidates must be an unmarried Pomona resident, under the age of 21, a current student of junior or senior status attending a high school in Pomona , and have a grade point average of 3.0 or better. There is no particular talent requirement, however she must be ready to demonstrate that she is involved in her community, and be prepared to properly represent the city of Pomona at various events. Applications will be made available in August, after the start of the new school year.

Plans are to notify all eligible candidates, then move the interview process along to a coronation, at which point scholarships in an amount yet to be determined will be awarded to the newly crowned Miss Pomona and her court.

“The Miss Pomona Pageant is a great citywide tradition that needs to be upheld for our loyal residents.” said Matarrita. “And so, a committee to reinstate this event was formed two months ago, now the ball is rolling and we are in a position to announce our plans.”
The grassroots committee consists of a group of active Pomona residents that are dedicated to making the pageant happen. Co-Chairs of the committee are Lorena Matarrita, DPOA Executive Assistant and former Miss Pomona, and Mickey Gallivan, Pomona Historical Society President. Other committee members are: Katherine Culliver and Adriana Robledo, Pomona Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors and former Miss Pomona Princesses, Larry Egan , executive director DPOA, Paul Knopf, teacher, Pomona Unified School District, Ronald Ching, Pomona Community Life Commissioner, Tim Saunders, Pomona City Councilmember, Dawn Schaller, active community member, and Rita Romero, Pomona Cultural Arts Commissioner.
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