I am so fortunate to have a network of supporters who believe in my ability to become the next Miss South Carolina and ultimately Miss America! I couldn't do all that I do without them and I am so very grateful! I invite you to learn a little more about the generous individuals, businesses & organizations who make all of this possible!
The Clothes Tree by Deborah
Located in Birmingham, Alabama, The Clothes Tree by Deborah has been dressing women in Alabama for 47 years and now is dressing ME! They are a specialty boutique that carries fun and fashionable couture clothing and accessories. With more that 4500 sq. ft. of dresses, formal gowns, sportswear and accessories, The Clothes Tree can dress you for each of life's special moments, including proms, homecoming, sorority rush and Formals, cocktail parties, charity balls, mother of the wedding party and bridesmaids. Whether your taste is contemporary or traditional, The Clothes Tree has the perfect look for you. The Clothes Tree has been dressing Miss Alabama for 16 years, including Miss America, Deidre Downs.
The 1425 Inn
The 1425 Inn is a bed and breakfast in downtown Columbia, South Carolina. They are located near the State House and just blocks from the University of South Carolina campus. The Inn has served annually as the official "hospitality house" for Suzi Roberts during Miss South Carolina week!
Boone Hall Plantation
Boone Hall Plantation has been open to the public since 1956. The McRae Family purchased the plantation in 1955 and it was Mrs. McRae who furnished the house with antiques and began giving tours. Today, the McRae Family still owns the property, and they continue to make improvements to the plantation so that visitors can experience what plantation life was like. As you tour each site on the plantation, knowledgeable staff will help you understand the day to day activities of those who lived on plantations as well the history of the people who lived at Boone Hall.
Boone Hall Plantation was founded in 1681 when Englishman Major John Boone came to Charleston and established a lucrative plantation and gracious home on the banks of Wampacheone Creek. The family and descendants of Major Boone were influential in the history of South Carolina, the colonies and the nation. The McRae family is proud to present that history, covering over 330 years, on a daily basis.
Boone Hall is also one of America’s oldest working farms. They have been continuously growing and producing crops for over three centuries.
I have been a member of the Boone Hall family since before I can remember. It is amazing to have the people who have known me since I was a toddler, playing in the dirt & picking peaches now helping me to make my biggest dreams come true. Marketing director, Rick Benthall, is all too familiar with the Miss South Carolina Scholarship Organization as his daughter, Shelley Benthall, was Miss South Carolina Teen 2003, Miss South Carolina 2006 and won a non-finalist talent award at the Miss America pageant!
Megan Parker- Rodan + Fields
Founded by world-renowned dermatologists Dr. Katie Rodan and Dr. Kathy Fields, Rodan + Fields puts the power of dermatology-based skincare in your hands, using a highly effective social commerce business model. I have always struggled with my skin and R+F has worked absolute magic over the past year! My independent consultant and personal sponsor, Megan Parker has been a part of my life for a long, long time. Megan was one of my very first dance teachers in my hometown of Pawleys Island. She has always been one of my biggest motivators. I am lucky to have Megan and her family in my life because I also am reminded every day to be a great role model by her precious children Greta, Harris and Sidda!
Women In Philanthropy (United Way)
I am so thankful to be sponsored by & be a member of such an outstanding service group. Women in Philanthropy (WIP) is a diverse group of influential, dedicated and passionate women who are creating positive, measurable change in the lives of women and children in the Midlands. Through leadership, networking, advocacy and volunteering we harness the power of women. In 12 years, Women in Philanthropy has invested over $1 million in the community to support women and children. Founded in 2002 by 16 women leaders, WIP is dedicated to transforming the Midlands through active and collective philanthropic investment. Grants are awarded yearly through collaborative efforts with the United Way of the Midlands and the Central Carolina Community Foundation. Women in Philanthropy is an organization dedicated to revolutionizing the way women give by transforming charitable contributions into philanthropic investments in the community. The investments of Women in Philanthropy create positive, measurable, long-term change in the lives of women and children by focusing on root causes and pooling resources to increase our impact. In addition to community philanthropy, Women in Philanthropy stimulates positive change in community leadership by increasing women’s involvement in the community, increasing women’s community networks and increasing the personal development of all women involved.
Gary Roberts, Coldwell banker commercial chicora real estate
Gary Roberts has over 30 years of commercial real estate experience on the Grand Strand. He has owned and co-managed the largest real estate company in the area for the past several years, which included thirty Coldwell Banker offices. His capabilities include real estate sales, leasing, consulting, investment-income properties, 1031 exchanges, real estate development and marketing, and he is well versed in the golf industry. Roberts has marketed and sold over one billion dollars in commercial and residential estate since 1981. He was ranked #1 globally in sales volume, a member of the Platinum Circle of Distinction and Elite Office. Roberts is currently the Broker In Charge of the Commercial division and serves as a member of the Board of Directors and Vice President of Business Development for Coldwell Banker Chicora Real Estate. He is a native of the Grand Strand and a honors graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Business.
Somewhere in the evolution of advertising, the original notion of serving as an “agent” to the client was lost. Instead of using resources to build the client’s business, most agencies use their client’s business to build their resources and pay their overhead. They promote themselves as the best solution to any potential client’s challenge. They are driven by “creative” subjectivity, and they charge based on how much clients are able to pay. The Fox Marketing approach to client business is a return to the “agent” model: unbiased evaluation and configuration of services to meet your unique needs. From brand development to tactical execution, the result is a more strategic, full-service resource than freelancers or in-house departments can deliver on their own. And a more flexible and cost-efficient service than agency models can achieve. In essence, we represent your business and, therefore, find solutions to the marketing challenges that best fit. We will put together a formidable team with a proven track record through our network of experienced resources. And/or, we will work with any existing staff, vendors/suppliers and/or partners currently in place.
E'clatez Production Company Inc.
E'clatez is a professional production company with dancers, singers, musicians, specialty acts and actors. The Director and President, Christopher Robbins, has been an instructor and mentor of mine since I was a child. His one-of-a-kind style has carried him throughout the world as an entertainment industry trendsetter. Dancing since before he could spell the word "dance", Christopher has put his passion, footwork and choreography skills to the test on projects ranging from Justin Timberlake to The Pointer Sisters. I have enjoyed performing with E'clatez several times over the past decade and am so thankful for Chris's endless support!
Chappell, Smith & Arden Attorneys at law
In 1993, workers’ comp attorney, Bill Smith, and personal injury litigation attorney, Mark Chappell, opened the law firm of Chappell & Smith. Originally, the firm had only two attorneys and one office in Columbia, South Carolina. In 2001, workers’ comp attorney Mark Arden joined the firm, which then became Chappell, Smith & Arden. Today the firm has seven attorneys and six offices across South Carolina with attorneys licensed to practice in all federal and state courts in South Carolina, all state courts in North Carolina, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, the District Court for the District of Columbia, Georgia and the Supreme Court of the United States. The attorneys at Chappell, Smith & Arden are committed to protecting the rights of injured individuals and to keeping families safe.
Health Information Associates
Health Information Associates (HIA) is a privately held company that was founded in 1992 by Betsy Bailey, RHIA and her father, Deane Beamer, MHA. Prior to 1992, Betsy held Director of HIM positions at two hospitals in Virginia. Deane has over thirty years of experience as an administrator working in various hospitals throughout the Southeast. Since its inception, HIA has partnered with hundreds of hospitals nationwide to provide customized comprehensive coding review and support services. We’ve grown to become highly respected because of our ability to adapt to industry changes while maintaining high quality and integrity in our approach. HIA’s attention to individual client needs, from the smallest critical access hospital to the largest healthcare corporation, has led to the type of long-term and mutually beneficial partnerships we are fortunate to share with our clients. I am so thankful for the long time support of President and CEO, Betsy Bailey.
Elliott and Phelan Law
Elliott & Phelan, LLC is a boutique law firm located in historic Georgetown, South Carolina that focuses on complex civil litigation and real estate transactions. With over 20 years of experience in their respective fields of practice, Carter Elliott, Jr. and Sean Phelan established Elliott & Phelan, LLC in order to give their clients the attention and dedication they deserve. Carter Elliott, Jr. and Sean Phelan take pride in serving the people of South Carolina. When you acquire Elliott & Phelan, LLC for representation, you will feel confident knowing a strong team of attorneys and staff are working hard to achieve the results you deserve.
Dr. Cynthia Bindner- Carolina OB/GYN
Dr. Cynthia Bindner moved to South Carolina in 1992, after completing her residency at prestigious Northwestern University in Chicago. While at Northwestern, she conducted several research projects and helped author a textbook on the surgical treatment of incontinence. At Northwestern, she also learned advanced laparoscopic surgery as it was being developed in the late 1980's making Dr. Bindner a skilled surgeon, as well as a researcher and clinician. However, caring for patients was always her passion so upon completing her training in Chicago, this Texas native moved to South Carolina to join Dr. Richmond in practice and form Carolina OB/GYN. With over two decades of services to the women of Georgetown and Horry Counties, Dr. Bindner continues to strive to provide her patients with the highest level of comprehensive care. She feels that the practice of good medicine requires a fine balance of technological innovation and good old fashion common sense and compassion and that nothing replaces the fine art of listening to and examining the patient. With her extensive training and expertise she is able to provide all types of care for her patient-obstetrical and non-obstetrical, surgical and nonsurgical. Because of her commitment to excellence, her patients, some from many miles away, will continue to return to her year after year.
From New York to LA . . . the TAZ Girls keep their fingers on the pulse of the fashion industry. With such designers as Annie Griffin, Amy Matto, Amanda Uprichard, Michael Stars, BCBG, Karlie, Trina Turk, Nicole Miller, Muse, Joie, Splendid, Ella Moss, Alice & Trixie; Citizen, J Brand, Paige, Hudson, Big Star, Miss Me, AG, James, True Religion; Cole Haan, Frye, Nicole Miller, BCBG, Cordoni, Sacha London, Rowen, Blakelee, Sam Edelman and Cocobelle shoes; Trina Turk, Ella Moss, Splendid, Hobo, Ellington, Eric Javits and Kooba handbags and wallets, just to name a few, they make sure that TAZ Pawleys and TAZ on the PLAZ in Greenville always have the best the industry has to offer.
Persona Wood Fired Pizza
At Persona, the emphasis is on you (you culinary genius!). Choose one of our chef inspired specialty pizzas or create your own from our selection of over 30 fresh toppings: homemade and artisan-crafted meats, locally sourced veggies, and San Marzano tomatoes. Our journey to the best-tasting pizza on the planet started in the birthplace of pizza, Naples, Italy. Our chef, Glenn Cybulski, is an Italian trained Pizzaiolo, World Pizza Champion, and the winner of more than 112 culinary awards. Once you assemble your pizza masterpiece, we bake it in one of our imported Italian Marra Forni wood fired ovens at 800 degrees. What comes out of the wood burning oven only 90 seconds later is nothing short of a masterpiece.
Bienvenue Home Accents has everything from unique antiques to lamps, unusual knick-knacks and home accessories, sofas, lamps, to furnishings that include tables, chairs, cabinets and an almost-wicked amount of must have art. Nautical items are especially popular. Kevin Jayroe and his mother, Geraldine, keep the stock moving by selecting and showing a truly eclectic collection that boasts something for every age and interest. If you’re remodeling or redecorating, a visit here is absolutely essential. Better bring the credit card. Tell them we sent you. And, if you itching for a laugh – or a room redecoration – seek out Kevin; he’s as funny as he is talented!
CUSTOM OUTDOOR FURNITURE & Restrapping
In 1979, Garden City, SC, resident Carrol Holshouser, while riding down Ocean Boulevard, noticed a stack of patio chairs thrown to the curb outside of a Myrtle Beach hotel. At second glance, he realized the aluminum frames were still in very good condition, yet the vinyl straps had deteriorated. “Why,” Holshouser reasoned, “Throw away perfectly good frames when only the vinyl straps need replacing?” Always the entrepreneur, the idea of Furniture Restrapping was born. Over the years, as the Myrtle Beach area has grown into one of the top vacation destinations in the world. Furniture Restrapping has undergone a transformation of its own. Now known as Custom Outdoor Furniture & Restrapping, the family-owned business is a unique, full-service operation in a 15,000-square foot facility at 2415 Business Highway 17 South in Garden City. Thanks to its Furniture Restrapping roots, Custom Outdoor Furniture & Restrapping is the one-stop answer to your outdoor furniture needs, commercial or residential, serving the coastal areas of South Carolina and North Carolina (we ship nationwide, too!).
Funky Fresh Fringe
Fringe- a vintage shop that offers more; Antiques, Collectables, Home-Decor, Custom Creations, Restoration & Upholstery! Funky finds & 1 of a kinds! Fringe! Fun fact: this sponsor is more than just an ad page! Mrs. Burke Daniels, owner of Fringe, is also the choreographer of my talent piece! If you ever need some inspiration to brighten your day, head on over to their Facebook page and watch some of her videos!