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Julia Dorn
Miss Pageant Gal Volunteer 2004

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Julia consistently volunteers for many organizations, but her most heartfelt efforts are usually geared toward causes regarding children, animals, and the homeless.  Though only four years old, Julia is beyond her chronological years in giving to others, understanding, and caring for those around her. Julia has volunteered for the American Heart Association, Alzheimers Association, the Cancer Society, and her County Crisis Nurseries, just to name a few. She enjoys fundraisers. Due to her young age, warm heart, and her genuine unquenchable curiosity, she has been the leading factor in MANY fundraisers. For instance,  After a house fire in Julia's community, she saw a picture of the family's burning garage in the newspaper and wanted to know, "why?" Julia was concerned about what happened to the family's toys and if their pets were okay. We decided to raise money for the family to replace their toys. So, Julia sold lemonade at her made up stand, in the local soccer and baseball fields. She sat at her card table with a red gingham picnic tablecloth and a sign that read, "Fundraiser For House Fire - Lemonade 25 Cents". As she sat there, smiling and waving at others, people began to gather around her table and put $5 bills in her glass jar for a cup of lemonade. Julia had raised $100 for the victims of the tragic house fire.
 
Currently, Julia is doing a Sock Drive for Sharing and Caring Hands homeless shelter. We are doing the Sock Drive, because Julia saw a homeless man walking in downtown Minneapolis, in the middle of February, without shoes and socks. She was very disturbed about seeing this man barefoot in the snow. She asked how she could give the man a pair of socks. So we started a community sock drive! So far, Julia has 22 pairs of socks in her sock donation box. The socks will be delivered to Sharing and Caring Hands homeless shelter at the end of this month. Julia comes up with creative ideas of how to help others, and then acts upon it. Her family supports all of her efforts.

Julia's current Queen titles include:  Miss Make A Difference, Little Miss Universal Gem International, Miss Pageant Gal Volunteer, and National Ideal Miss America Queen of Queens.

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Spring 2004

Each quarter three outstanding pageant queens who use their royalty status  to make a difference and one cause to get involved with are featured. The next featured queens and cause will be June 21st. Nominate yourself or someone else and your cause or someone else's cause  to be the Summer 2004 feature. E-mail QueensforCauses@aol.com titled "Quarterly Feature Nomination".

Catherine Jackson
Ms. American Heartland 2004
 

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Catherine Jackson is an avid volunteer who has been volunteering since she was a little girl. Her platform, passion and life's mission is "Making a World of Difference through Volunteering and Community Involvement".

Catherine can often be found volunteering and volunteers for the Walter and Connie Payton Foundations Holiday Giving and Special Events, raises funds for the 11-10-02 Foundation, is an active volunteer for several local and national breast cancer organizations, as well as for the Lupus Foundation of Illinois and creates her own volunteer projects throughout the year to benefit non-profit organizations, to name a few of the volunteer activities she is involved with. With her platform she also gets many people and other pageant queens involved in various volunteer projects and various volunteer jobs and speaks to children and teens about the importance of volunteering. Catherine has received the 2003 Ms. Illinois American United States Volunteer and Community Service award, was a nominee for the 2004 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award, was the January 2004 featured Spotlight on the Queenly Duties website (Queenly Duties first ever featured spotlight), became the first lady to win the Ms. American Heartland (based on her volunteer work and pageant Achievements) and the second lady to win the Ms. Pageant Gal Volunteer title.

Some of Catherine's future volunteer work includes: Penny Drive for AIDS, Volunteering and donating items for the Glass Slipper Project, Sending cards to the ill children of the Make a Child Smile Organization and Hosting  Princess Project Princess Parties for peopel facing life challenges.

For more information about Catherine and/or her volunteer work visit, www.CatherineJackson.com.

Le Doan
Ms. American Elegance Woman 2004

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Le Doan, was crowned Ms. American Elegance Woman 2004 on October 19th in Rosemont, Illinois. She was born and raised in Sai Gon, Viet Nam and arrived in America in 1990.  Formally, Ms. Land of Lincoln American Elegance Woman 2003, her platform is "Volunteerism: Our Children, Our Future", which allows her to reach out and help others as much as she can through volunteer work and service to her community. She volunteers teaching basic computer courses at the Indian Trails Public Library in her local community and at the North Shore Academy's Mentoring Program, working closely with children who have emotional and behavior problems, helping them learn basic skills and supervising educational outings in the community. Le also preforms other volunteer duties in her community.  As Ms. American Elegance 2004, Le has already done several volunteer activities in Vietnam, Alabama, California and throughout her home state Illinois.

Le feels compassion of others can help bridge the gap between people and nation. So, she tries to help others who are less fortunate than she even if it is just giving a little money to charity, volunteering her time, giving someone a shoulder to cry on or lending sympathetic ear.

 To see all the exciting things Le is doing during her reign check out her webpage at: http://americanelegance.net/aeqle.htm.

Quaterly Featured Cause
 
The TOWEL/BLANKET Drive for Chimps
 
Tamara Harvey, director of the National & U.S. Achiever Pageant is collecting towels and blankets for the Save the Chimps organization. The sizes of the towels/blankets can be as small as a wash cloth to as big as a comforter. They can be new or used. Please contact Tamara at: THARVEYMK@msn.com for information regarding the shipping of donations.

For more information about the Save the Chimps organization visit:  www.savethechimps.org
 
All donations are tax deductible donation, and the need is HUGE.
 
Visit http://nationalachiever.homestead.com/ for more information about the National & U.S. Achiever pageant.