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A Night of Minn-spiration

Posted On: 06/22/2010

Our Miss Minnesota 2009, Brooke Kilgarriff, gracefully turned over her crown last Saturday to her newly-crowned successor, Kathryn Knuttila, at the annual Miss Minnesota pageant. As part of the pageant, Gillette patient Bella Giraldo and her family shared their story on stage — with the audience giving them a resounding standing ovation!  Bella is this year’s Children’s Miracle Network Champion child, representing Gillette and Minnesota.

Wondering what Miss Minnesota and Gillette have in common? More than you think! Each year, Miss Minnesota contestants raise money for Gillette, Minnesota’s Children’s Miracle Network hospital.

Kathryn Knuttila is crowned Miss Minnesota 2010! (photo credit: Paula Preston)

Bella takes the stage with Brooke, our now-former Miss Minnesota. (photo credit: Paula Preston)

In the year ahead, Kathryn will be working to raise funds and awareness for Gillette.  In fact, she already started during her campaign as a Miss Minnesota contestant. In April she hosted a musical event, A Night of Inspiration, that featured a variety of musical acts.  As part of the evening’s performances, Kathryn — a music composition student from McNally Smith College of Music — serenaded the audience with an outstanding piano performance.  The event was free, with all donations going to Gillette.

The Miss Minnesota pageant also recognized Miss Northwest, Lexy Okeson, (pictured below) with the Miracle Maker Award for raising over $2,000 for Children’s Miracle Network.

A big, heartfelt thank you to all of our Miss Minnesota contestants. Congratulations on your success!