New Rochelle, NY (September 19, 2013) Iona College alumna Jesse Ladoue, ’10 recently crowned Miss New York International 2013, paid a visit to her alma mater to attend the 9/11 service at Iona’s Memorial Park and to visit with students on campus. “The 9/11 ceremony is and testament to the celebration of diversity in the Iona family - always being cognizant that while we may share different beliefs, we were all affected on that day,” said Ladoue.
Ladoue is a 2010 graduate of Iona College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mass Communication and currently operates her own company, JL Presentations Consulting Co., which specializes in helping individuals create their personal brand. A resident of the greater Buffalo area, she is an avid lover of all New York sports teams and enjoys graphic design, arts and crafts, emceeing events and spending time with her family.
“Being back on campus at Iona College was a truly special experience,” said Ladoue. “Being able to spend time visiting with the organizations and offices that I was a part of reminded me of the warmth, spirit, and community atmosphere that I fell in love with while visiting as a high school student. I am a proud graduate!"
A committed community volunteer, Ladoue, will spend her year as Miss International promoting her platform of the importance of volunteerism and volunteer recognition through VolunteerMatch.org and her own initiatives, “V for Volunteer” and “Volunteer of the Month” award. VolunteerMatch.org is a global organization that matches individuals with volunteer opportunities through their partnerships with more than 90,000 non-profit organizations. Ladoue began promoting VolunteerMatch.org in 2011 and in the past year alone has traveled 10,000 miles promoting volunteerism.
Founded upon being crowned Miss New York International, the “V for Volunteer” campaign engages the next generation of volunteers through social media and other digital means to prove that modern day service is accessible to all ages, schedules, and skill-sets. Ladoue’s “Volunteer of the Month” award is sponsored by VolunteerMatch and recognizes every day heroes and existing volunteers to show that their contributions are not only important, but appreciated.
In addition to her charitable platform, Ladoue also supports Special Olympics, International missionary work (Kenya), and International Pageants’ national partner, the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign.
“I am so honored to represent the International Pageants system in my exciting new role as Miss International 2013,” said Ladoue. “Through my work on behalf of my platform this year, I’ll also be able to showcase the amazing deeds of the countless strong women with wonderful hearts who participate in International Pageants each year.”
The Miss International Pageant is the only platform-based system and is owned and operated by Roanoke, Va.-based International Pageants, Inc., which also operates the Miss Teen and Mrs. International competitions. Miss International showcases the professional and civic achievements of single women between the ages of 19 and 29.
Founded in 1940, Iona College is a four-year private, coeducational institution of learning in the tradition of the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers and American Catholic higher education. It is a diverse community of learners and scholars dedicated to academic excellence and the values of justice, peace and service. Iona offers undergraduate degrees in liberal arts, science, and business administration, as well as Master of Arts, Master of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees and numerous advanced certificate programs.
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