HONOLULU, HAWAII – Join us December 29th to wish Miss Hawaii 2010, Jalee Fuselier, congratulations and a fond farewell as she prepares to represent Hawaii in the 2011 Miss America Pageant.

Jalee Fuselier is the founder and president of U.S. Dream Academy Hawaii, a graduate of Hawaii Pacific University and the recipient of the Hawaii Pacific University Presidential Scholarship Award. She has participated in community service in 21 countries and 10 states totaling more than 4,000 hours. Jalee has had some interesting experiences in her life. She has backpacked to remote villages in Cameroon, performed an international show for more than 11,000 children in Thailand, performed on national television at Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, was crowned a village princess by the King of an African village, traveled through bomb sites in India and volunteered in a village destroyed by a tsunami in Thailand.

The celebration will be at Ka Restaurant and Lounge in Ward Center from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. It is open to the public with a $10 donation.

Guests will enjoy good food, raffle prizes and more! Attendees will get to see Miss Hawaii’s past and present, see old friends and meet the new and extended families that make up the Miss Hawaii Organization. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Children’s Miracle Network and the Miss Hawaii Scholarship Fund.

THE 2011 Miss America Pageant is scheduled for January 15, 2011 at Planet Hollywood Resorts and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Jalee will depart for Miss America immediately after the New Year and we hope you can join us to get a snapshot of some of her Miss America wardrobe, talent and to extend your aloha as she goes on to represent all of Hawaii at nationals.

Tickets to this Miss America send off are available for purchase on the Miss Hawaii Organization website at www.misshawaii.org

The Miss Hawaii Organization has supported the advancement of Hawaii’s young women for more than 60 years. Our organization’s mission is to promote the pursuit of higher education, to develop and maintain a commitment of community service, and to inspire our youth to meet the challenge of being the best that they can be. Miss Hawaii is part of the Miss American Organization, an organization that awards more than $45 million in scholarships nationally to young women between the ages of 17-24. This year, the Miss Hawaii program will make available more than $500,000 in cash scholarships and tuition grants.

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