Did you know the new Ms. America is from Tileston Street in the North End? Yes, it’s Bridget Cleary who was recently crowned in California for the 2009-2010 year.

Cleary commented, “It’s a great win for Boston—and especially for the North End—so anything I can do to promote the *best neighborhood* in the state would be great!”

As Ms. America, Cleary is honored to represent an organization that enriches the lives of women across the country and is passionate about continuing to give back to others through philanthropic endeavors and being the inspiration that helps others achieve their dreams.  

To schedule an appearance please contact: MsAmericaPageant@aol.com or call 949.679.8888. Their website is www.MsPageantAmerica.com.

Press Release:
BRIDGET CLEARY
WINS MS. AMERICA ® 2009-10

Costa Mesa, CASeptember 11, 2009 –Bridget Cleary, 28, from Boston, Massachusetts was crowned Ms. America® 2009-10 at the national pageant held Sunday, September 6, 2009 in Ontario, California. This is Bridget’s FIRST TIME to ever compete in a pageant and she is the sixth woman to be crowned Ms. America ®.  

Over 50 contestants applied for the competition where it was narrowed down to 19 finalists. Throughout the three-hour competition, the finalists competed in four categories including: interview, evening gown, sportswear and final on-stage question. Her walk across the stage to accept the crown marked her first steps on a journey that will take her from spotlight to spotlight representing the American woman 26 years of age and up who are single, divorced or married.  

The reigning Ms. America® is a senior manager at Arnold Worldwide advertising, which is owned by the 6th largest global advertising company, Havas. A successful career advisor and motivational trainer, Cleary conducts and coordinates inspirational seminars across the east coast for employees at the junior, mid and executive levels.  Known as the ‘Talent Developer,’ Cleary helps employees reach their greatest potential through strategic goal setting and specializes in elevating employees’ talents for branding, advertising and digital technology to the next level.  Her passion for providing successful, inspirational business training ensures that the agency produces winning brand strategies and promotions for clients such as: McDonalds, Volvo, Ocean Spray, Carnival cruises, Hershey’s and Fidelity.  

A 2003 graduate from Villanova University in Pennsylvania and Chi Omega alumna, Cleary holds a BA in Communication, with a Women’s Studies concentration and Philosophy minor. Ranked third in her class, Cleary achieved Magna cum Laude and was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, Lamda Pi Eta honors societies, the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and was a Rhodes and Marshall Scholar nominee based on her scholastic achievements and strength of character.  A life-long advocate for education, motivation and serving others through philanthropy, she has worked with the Make-A-Wish foundation, Special Olympics, Habitat for Humanity, Babson College Leadership Development Program and is a Project Leader for the Boston Cares organization, the largest volunteer organization in New England and a part of the internationally recognized HandsOn Network with 370 volunteer affiliates serving 83% of the American population and 12 international communities.  

As Ms. America ® 2009-10, Cleary is honored to represent an organization that enriches the lives of women across the country and is passionate about continuing to give back to others through philanthropic endeavors and being the inspiration that helps others achieve their dreams.  

First runner-up was Christy Van Der Westhuizen from Lakewood , California , second runner-up was Catherine Blades from Manhattan Beach , California , third runner-up was Daphne Rice from Ypsilanti , Michigan and fourth runner-up was Dr. Heidi Ritz from Woodland Hills , California .

Website: www.MsAmericaPageant.com

To schedule an appearance please contact the pageant at: MsAmericaPageant@aol.com or call 949.679.8888

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  1. Orlando, FL –– Bridget Cleary, the reigning Ms. America® 2009-10, and Susan Jeske, former Ms. America® and President of the pageant is scheduled to speak at the following events. Topics include: “The ugly side of the beauty industry and how to avoid it,” “How to reach your goals using the SMART method” and “Image and Beauty Secrets.”

    Friday, October 2, 2009, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
    Free Event – Limited Seating
    Call for reservations: Linda Schmeer 407- 933-7595
    Clarion Resort, 2261 East Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway, Kissimmee, FL 34744
    Saturday, October 3, 2009, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
    Charitable Fashion Show & Tea for Autism.
    Admission: $10.00
    Call for reservations: Jerrie Hixon 321-952-7896
    Melbourne Yacht Club, 1202 E. River Drive, Melbourne, FL 32901

    Saturday, October 3, 2009, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
    Cleary and Jeske share more secrets on Image, Etiquette, Charisma and Goal Setting
    Admission $10 – FREE for those having attended the Fashion Show and Tea
    Same location – Melbourne Yacht Club, 1202 E. River Drive, Melbourne, FL 32901
    Contact: Jerrie Hixon 321 952-7896

    The reigning Ms. America ® 2009-10, Bridget Cleary is from Boston, Massachusetts. A motivational speaker, she teaches goal setting using the "SMART" method for Arnold Worldwide, the 6th largest advertising agency in the world. On a "dare" Bridget was challenged to prove the validity of her method and chose a goal that has always been a dream of hers. She entered into the Ms. America® pageant without any prior pageant experience and walked away with the crown! Come learn the "SMART" method to reach your goals at this event as well as "How to Stay Positive in Economic Times."

    Susan Jeske, former Ms America®, will give her personal story and presentation exposing the toxic truth about “Are your skin care and personal care products safe? The ugly side of the beauty industry and how to avoid it.”

    Several years ago severe health issues led her to a holistic doctor who said, “What you are using on your skin contains synthetic and toxic chemicals and is making you sick. Stop using your skin care and use products that are truly “natural” and “organic.”

    She was surprised that by taking his simple advice the health issues went away in just two weeks. It was the first time it occurred to her that what she put on her skin could impact her health.
    Realizing this she quit her cosmetic job with an executive income and started on a journey of studying cosmetics and skin care. What she found disturbed her. Lead in lipstick? Mercury in mascara? Carcinogens in baby shampoo?
    Why are toxic chemicals in our beauty products? Why is there no regulation in the United States on cosmetics and personal care items? How could cosmetic companies put labels of “natural” and “organic” on products that contain toxic chemicals? Jeske tells the shocking truth and what can be done to make safer choices.

    Susan Jeske is a professional image, beauty and makeup consultant and has given head-to-toe image advice to corporate executives, political and community leaders for over 20 years. She has written for newspapers and magazines as a columnist and appeared on radio and television worldwide.

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