During the Miss Milford Scholarship Pageant on February 22 Taylor DeMario was crowned Miss Milford. The Miss Milford Scholarship Organization is a local organization that helps young women in “developing confidence, self-esteem, poise and scholarships. Their focus is similar to the Miss America Organization and is based on the four points of the crown that represent style, service, scholarship and success.
Sue McKinney, Executive Director of the Miss Milford Scholarship Organization, was excited to see the support from the local community and the level of talent the girls displayed. “This is pretty exciting, there is so much family support here,” commented McKinney. “We have some very talented girls here tonight and it is going to be tough to choose just one to represent Milford.”
As the evening closed by welcoming a new title holder, former Miss Milford Erin Magnin awarded Taylor DeMario with the Miss Milford Crown, sash and a $300 scholarship. Magnin admitted that this was a bittersweet moment as she announced the 2014 Miss Milford.
“It has been really fun representing Milford over the past year,” stated Magnin. “Milford is such a local, small community and you get a good feeling representing such a fine community. The crown has been a big part of my life and I intend to help the next Miss Milford fulfill her duties.”
Crowned Miss Milford for 2014, Taylor Demario impressed the judges with her performance of All That Jazz from the 1975 musical Chicago. The Development Director for the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society in Delaware, DeMario has a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from the University of Delaware and currently lives in Wilmington, Delaware. Her platform is raising awareness for individuals and families with MS. The news of a close family member being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis at the age of twenty, influenced DeMario to help other families dealing with the condition.
“The news hit our family hard and none of us knew what MS was at the time,” commented DeMario. “It is hard to believe that anyone could woke up one morning paralyzed from the waist down as he was. I started to get involved and believe that we need to create more awareness about the condition and hopefully we can find a cure.”
Taylor has been involved with pageantry for several years and was named Miss Delaware United States in 2013 by the Miss United States Organization. She partly ran for Miss Milford because she believe her one year of service under the Miss United States Organization was not enough time to get the message out about individuals and families with MS. Her shared values with the Miss Milford Organization was her second reason for the run this year.
“The Miss Milford Organization and I share many of the same values,” commented DeMario. “I value volunteer work and encouraging individuals to do as much as they can. In addition to working on my platform of MS awareness, I am looking forward to working with the organization as they serve the Children’s Miracle Network.”
DeMario will serve as Miss Milford for one year and compete for the title of Miss Delaware to be held on Sunday, June 15 at Dover Downs & Casino.