2010-06-30 / Features

Douglaston Native Will Represent N.Y. In Beauty Pageant

Douglaston native Lara Tewes has been selected to represent New York state at the 2010 Miss United States Pageant in Las Vegas to be held in July. Tewes is using her status as “Miss New York” to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s disease prevention and treatment. Douglaston native Lara Tewes has been selected to represent New York state at the 2010 Miss United States Pageant in Las Vegas to be held in July. Tewes is using her status as “Miss New York” to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s disease prevention and treatment. Douglaston native Lara Tewes has been selected to represent New York state at the 2010 Miss United States Pageant in Las Vegas next month.

Tewes’ platform of Alzheimer’s Awareness, Prevention and Treatment is both a universal and a very personal story. Her grandmother was recently diagnosed with the illness.

Studies estimate that 5.3 million people currently have Alzheimer’s in the U.S., and by 2050 that number will likely double.

“It is so important now that we set up support systems and programs inside communities to handle this expected increase,” she said. “That is what people with Alzheimer’s need most, support from the community.”

For this reason, Tewes volunteers her time with the Long Island Alzheimer’s Foundation in Port Washington.

An adamant believer in education, Tewes earned her BA in Education, an MA in Literature and is currently pursuing her MBA at the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University (LIU). She is a founding Executive Board Member of the MBA Association at LIU and the founder of the MBA Newsletter. She is also the spokesperson for the Long Island Fight for Charity, a local boxing match that raises money for local charities.

In July, Tewes will travel to Nevada to compete against other representatives from across the nation for the title of Miss United States 2010. With the title comes thousands of dollars in cash awards, prizes and honors. In addition to the national title, there are competitions for modeling, community service, photogenic and personality.

For more information, visit www.missnyunitedstates.com. –Jason D. Antos

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