Traveling to the Miss Delaware pageant was quite an experience for Miss Milford Rebecca Gasperetti. Honored with the titles of People’s Choice Award and Miss Congeniality, Gasperetti states that the pageant was a life changing event.
“My Miss Delaware experience was everything I imagined it would be and more,” she said. “From the Tuesday we arrived at Dover Downs, we hit the ground running. Between making appearances and 12-hour practices throughout the week, there was no time for feeling tired.”
On Tuesday afternoon, Miss Milford had the opportunity to share her platform, Homelessness Awareness and Prevention: Code Purple, with the Delaware Senate, the House of Representatives, and Governor Jack Markel. According to Gasperetti, homelessness is a complex housing issue that has many causes. According to the Homeless Planning Council of Delaware, there are an average of 1,200 people who are homeless on any given night and more than 6,000 who are homeless throughout the year. Of those who are considered homeless, 16 percent are considered chronically homeless, which means they have been homeless one year or longer and/or have had four or more episodes of homelessness in the past three years.
Through her outreach effort in the local community including Code Backpack, an effort to collect used backpacks from students that were then filled with water, perishable foods and clothing for the homeless, Gasperetti received the People’s Choice award. “I felt blessed and in shock,” she said. “This gave me the opportunity to re-compete on Saturday night, and knowing that the audience, my family, and my friends wanted to see me on the Miss Delaware stage again was more than I could ever ask for. I will always be so grateful and thankful to them for that.”
Gasperetti also received the Miss Congeniality Award, an honor that is granted to one competitor from the other participants. “Receiving the Miss Congeniality award was extremely humbling, and it was unexpected. I love my sister queens so much,” said Gasperetti. “We go through so much emotion during those few days before competition and the bonds I made there helped make it seem more like a vacation. I want to thank all of my Miss sisters for such an incredible honor.”
In July, she will be presenting Code Backpack to the Rotary Club of Milford and continue to raise money for the Code Purple Coalition while working on fundraiser ideas that will benefit shelters in Delaware.
“I have a lot of work ahead of me, and I am excited to see what the rest of the summer holds,” said Gasperetti.
A recent graduate of the University of Delaware, Gasperetti earned her degree in English with a concentration in Professional Writing. She plans to attend law school in the near future and become an immigration lawyer.
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