In 2009, then-reigning Miss Florida Rachel Todd saw an opportunity to be an advocate among her peers and educate the public on the importance of protecting and restoring America’s Everglades. Every year since, the torch (or in this case, the crown) is passed down to the next titleholder who has continued the tradition for more than half a decade.
Over the past 12 months, Miss Florida 2014 Victoria Cowen has left footprints across our state promoting the Everglades Literacy program in schools across Florida. The program, developed in partnership with Florida Atlantic University and the Pine Jog Environmental Education Center, is at the heart of our partnership with Miss Florida, and this year Miss Cowen issues a challenge to the next Miss Florida to continue educating children across the state about the Everglades and its role in our quality of life.
“Coming into this year I had no idea how much the Everglades Foundation would truly impact my life,” said Victoria Cowen, Miss Florida 2014. “Having the opportunity to travel the state promoting such an important and valuable resource made me feel as if I was part of something larger than myself.”
Mary Sullivan, President and Executive Director of the Miss Florida Scholarship is the driving force behind the success of this collaboration. “The Miss Florida Organization is grateful for the partnership with the Foundation which enables the titleholders to spread the message of the need to protect and restore this unique ecosystem that is vital to millions of Florida’s residents. “
We are thrilled to continue our partnership and look forward to working with Miss Florida 2015 Mary Katherine Fechtel in the year ahead!