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Wendi Russo from Eden Prairie, Minnesota (Ms. Minnesota State America 2013), will compete for the title of Ms. America on June 23, 2013 at 7:00pm at the Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa Resort Hotel in Costa Mesa, California.

The competition is scored on interview, evening gown, fitness wear and an on-stage question. The Ms. America Pageant will award over $40,000 in gift and prizes at this year’s national finals to the winner.

As Ms. Minnesota State America, Wendi’s mission during her reign is to help “Create a Better Life for Children” by recruiting mentors for the hundreds of children in Minnesota still waiting for a for Big Brother or Sister through the Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Twin Cities and recruit more volunteers to become Wish Granters and volunteers with Make-a-Wish Foundation. Wendi has been a mentor with BBBS, Kinship of Greater Minneapolis and ACES (Athletes Committed to Educating Students) for 13 years and is a Wish Granter with the Minnesota Chapter of Make-A-Wish Foundation, which supports the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses.

Wendi is a National Television host with Shop NBC Channel, a Home Shopping Network seen in 72 Million homes based out of Eden Prairie, MN and a professional Media and on-camera coach. She is sponsored by Studio Elan Hair in Edina, MN, Isomers Laboratories found on Shop NBC, Fernando Wong at WB Boutique in Florida, Youngquest Fitness in Eden Prairie and Georges Gabrielle Couture in Utah.

To read an interview with Wendi about her charity work, click here.

For ticket information or to become a contestant in the 2014 Ms. America Pageant, please contact: MsAmericaPageant@aol.com or log onto www.MsAmericaPageant.com.

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