Plans have been finalized for “A Night of Remembrance,” the benefit talent show featuring Miss Missorui contestants that be held Saturday evening, May 3rd at the Clark County R-1 Middle School in Kahoka, MO in memory of Abby Scott, Miss Northeast Missouri 2007, who died in a car accident November 20, 2007.
Missouri’s 2007 state titleholders will be the featured guests for the program. Miss Missouri Lindsay Casmaer is a native of Hazelwood, MO, located in the St. Louis metropolitan area. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. Degree in Neurobiology and Behavior and is currently employed at Washington University in St. Louis in the Psychology Department where she is working with the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center conducting research on the aging process and Alzheimers. As Miss Missouri 2007, Casmaer has traveled extensively across the State of Missouri presenting the “Right Decision, Right Now” program in middle schools in addition to talking about her platform of cyber bullying and internet safety. Casmaer experienced reality TV first hand when she participated in TLC’s “Miss America Realty Check” series which ran on the cable network prior to the airing of Miss America this past January. Casmaer is scheduled to speak to the Clark County R-1 Middle School on Friday, May 2nd.
Mary Bauer is the reigning Miss Missouri’s Outstanding Teen. She is a junior at Norte Dame Regional High School in Cape Girardeau where she is involved in Concert Choir, Spanish Club, Math Club, and National Honor Society. She is an accomplished vocalist and dancer and is a sought after performer, being honored with singing the National Anthem at sporting events across the State of Missouri, including the MSHAA boy’s basketball game finals. Bauer is heavily involved with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital which she is visited several times in Memphis. She actively plans activities for the children who are hospitalized at St. Jude, and also participates in fundraising efforts. Bauer was awarded the 2007 Miss Missouri’s Outstanding Teen title last June in Mexico, MO and competed for the national title of Miss America’s Outstanding Teen in August in Orlando, FL.
Other guest performers include: Kahoka native son HL Plenge, Miss Missouri 2005 Stacie Coolie and Kelley Rohlfing Marchbanks, a former Top Five Miss Missouri contestant.
The 2007 and 2008 local titleholders who will be performing include: Kara Adams of Maryville, MO; Trisha Deen of St. Joseph, MO; Me’Lisa Enyard of Moberly, MO; Lacey Fitzgerald of Richmond, MO; Syndey Friar of El Dorado Springs, MO; Tara Osseck of St. Charles, MO; Charlie Runnels of Marshfield, MO; Jenna Terry of Hannibal, MO; Amanda Williams of Columbia, MO; and Kate Winzenburger of Cobden, IL.
The special event is being planned by Tara Osseck and Keitt Stathem, two contestants who competed with Abby during the 2007 Miss Missouri Pageant. Also assisting in planning the event is former Kahoka resident Gary Bogener, one of the original co-directors of the Miss Clark County Pageant who now lives in St. Louis and is director of the Miss Gateway St. Louis / Miss Gateway to the West Scholarship Program. Bogener will also be assuming the position of Director of Field Operations for the Miss Missouri board of directors in June and will be involved in helping the Clark and Scotland County area reorganize the former Miss Northeast Missouri Pageant.
Proceeds from the show will be divided among three scholarship endeavors: The Abigail Scott Memorial Scholarship Fund that was established last year; a Miss Missouri 2008 “Newcomer of the Year” award that will recognize a first time contestant at Miss Missouri in June; and also proceeds will be provided to the scholarship fund of the new pageant that is currently being reorganized and will be held next year
The program will begin at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 3rd. Tickets are $5.00 and available at the door. Even though the event is the same day as the Black Hawk Elementary annual PTO Carnival, it is hoped people will also support the benefit show by attending the PTO Carnival, which starts at 4:30 p.m., and then attending the show at the Middle School.
The CCR-1 Fellowship of Christian Athletes organization will be assisting the organizers in setting up for the program.