This was posted in our local paper the Spencer Daily Reporter...I made the most read articles of the week!
Valerie Whitehead, 37, of Spencer, was crowned Mrs. Iowa International this month and will go on to compete for the title of Mrs. International 2009 during the final competition in Chicago, July 17- 18, 2009.
"Being named Mrs. Iowa International has already been an amazing experience," said Whitehead. "I've met wonderful people and have been supported on this journey in ways I never expected. It has been fun, exciting, and most importantly, it has given me new opportunities to support my charitable platform."
Whitehead is a nurse and supervisor for the Iowa Eye Institute in Spencer, a mother of three children, and an active member and volunteer for several area organizations.
She is sponsored by Community State Bank, Iowa Eye Institute, P.C., Dr. Phelps DDS and Winning Crown Boutique.
Whitehead will spend her year as Mrs. Iowa International supporting her platform the American Heart Association's Go Red for Women campaign, a movement dedicated to fighting heart disease among women. In this role, she plans to speak at area events promoting women's health and supporting additional Go Red events through volunteerism.
International Pageants, Inc. also supports the Go Red for Women program through a national alliance formed in 2008 committing volunteer and financial support.
The Mrs. International Pageant is owned and operated by International Pageants, Inc., which also operates Miss International and Miss Teen International pageants. It is the only platform-based pageant system dedicated to highlighting women's accomplishments through community support.
Mrs. International showcases married women 21 to 56 years old and features three categories of competition, including interview, evening gown and fitness wear. For more information, visit www.mrsinternational.com.