“No matter how good or bad you think life is, there is always something to be Thankful for!”
As we are in the Month of Thanksgiving, I have reflected on all the things I am Thankful for. First of all, I am mostly Thankful for being alive, having amazing parents, being healthy, being successful and for being surrounded with great friends. This year I can say that I am Thankful for being Miss Gay Arizona America. As I am almost 4 months into this reign, it has been nothing but incredible. It’s been more than what I ever expected it to be.
As I reflect in my life, I remember Thanksgiving being the best time of the year for me. It was the only time of the year I really enjoyed. Getting together with family and having a big cookout were always the best times. I remember getting up early on Thanksgiving Day and watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade while my mother prepared all the cooking. Having all our relatives over were some of the most memorable moments I still remember and treasure to this day.
As many of you may not know, I come from a Huge Latin family. Both my parents were immigrants and came here to the US in search of a better life. I was born July 11, 1983 in Lake Havasu City. My parents worked hard to provide for both my brother and I. My mother worked as a housekeeper while my father worked picking cotton. We never had expensive toys or brand clothing but we always had all the love we could receive. I remember when December came; all the kids at school would always talk about what they wanted for Christmas. I really never thought about it, because no matter how much I wanted something in particular, I would never receive it. I would receive what my parents could afford.
Going back to school after Christmas was always hard. You could hear all the kids talking about all the things they got and I remember “Nike’s” being the big thing back in the day. I remember begging my mother for a pair of “Nike’s” which is something I never got until I was a freshman in High School. I always hated being in class and hearing the teacher ask the kids what Santa had brought them. It was always embarrassing because I never knew if I should tell them the truth or make up a lie. If I told them a lie, I knew they would figure it out.
With all this said, as your Miss Gay Arizona America I have decided to do something this Holiday season.
It is a Toy fundraiser called “Season of Giving”. Throughout the month of November and December I will be collecting all my tips and save them towards the purchase of toys for the less fortunate Kids. I have been in talk with several local charities and with the Phoenix Children’s Hospital to donate these toys to them. I have a goal to raise $2000 in these few days. There will also be several fundraisers throughout the state in order to raise money or to have people donate an unwrapped toy. I believe this is our time to give back to the world for all the wonderful things it has given us.
In conclusion I want to give a huge Thank you to two individuals, Barbra Seville and Afeelya Bunz, for helping me put together this Toy Fundraiser. To everyone that has donated so far, I thank you with all my heart. So please follow me on facebook and come out to support me at every show or event that I am in. Together we can all make a difference and bring a smile to many children this Holiday season.
Thank you Arizona for loving me and trusting me to represent you.
Miss Gay Arizona America 2013
From the Journal of Miss Gay Arizona America 2015, Nevaeh McKenzie