Photos of our titleholders and their appearances during 2016.
See the top of this page for a click-through to all of the 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015 appearances!
July 31, 2016
10:00am - 1:00pm - All Paws for a Cause - Otsiningo Park, Binghamton, New York - Teen Petite America 2015, Emily Forbidussi and Mrs. New York Petite America 2016, Sally Forbidussi-Bennett
Join Emily and Sally at the dog walk parade to raise awareness and money for breast cancer.
August 13, 2016
1:00pm - Paddle For Pink - Lighthouse Landing Campground, Marathon, New York - Teen Petite America 2015, Emily Forbidussi, Mrs. New York Petite America 2016, Sally Forbidussi-Bennett and Petite Princesses Alli and Gabriella
Sally will be speaking and participating in the event to raise money for The YWCA encore program and increase awareness about breast cancer.
PAST APPEARANCES: (Click on any photo/thumbnail below to see it larger!)
July 4, 2016
5:00pm - Wakefield 4th of July Parade - Wakefield, Massachusetts - Miss Massachusetts Petite America 2016, Holly Garcia and former Mrs. Woman Petite America 2010 and Mrs. Woman Petite World 2011, Kathleen Marsh McMahon (no Ms. Spirit of the USA)
July 4, 2016
5:00pm - The 50th Annual City of Fairfax Independence Day Parade - Fairfax, Virginia - Mrs. Petite America 2015, Ilisa Stillman
Ilisa completely enjoyed the day - even if they did call her Mrs. Virginia! H/T to her husband, Eric (aka Uncle Sam driving the car!).
Here is the parade video and you can fast forward to minute 55:15 to see Ilisa!
June 18, 2016
5:00pm-12:30am - Mohegan Sun fundraiser to benefit "Crowns fighting Crohn's" - Mohegan Sun Casino, Ledyard, Connecticut - Ms. Connecticut Petite America 2016, Michele Fabiano
June 10, 2016
6:00pm - 6:00am - American Cancer Society's Relay For Life - Broome Community College, Binghamton, New York - Teen Petite America 2015, Emily Forbidussi, Mrs. New York Petite America 2015, Sally Forbidussi-Bennett and Petite Princesses Alli and Gabriella
Sally told us: "The relay for life is an annual event across the country that raises money and awareness for the American Cancer Society. The events honor survivors and remember those who have fought the battle and have passed on. I was asked to begin the event by leading the survivors lap and my girls following me carrying the survivors banner followed by other survivors. It was a true honor to celebrate with my husband, children, and others that I'm alive!!! I shared my story with many and I'm so thankful!"
May 30, 2016
10:00am - Memorial Day Parade and Veteran Memorial Dedication - Main Street, Windsor, New York - Teen Petite America 2015, Emily Forbidussi, Mrs. New York Petite America 2015, Sally Forbidussi-Bennett and Petite Princesses Alli and Gabriella
Sally was honored at the parade as a cancer survivor and she and Emily were honored as Petite America Queens. They all got to ride in a beautiful car driven by Mr. William J. Teegarden and throw lots of candy!
May 28, 2016
10:00am - Ann's 5k Race and Fun Run for the Huntington's Disease Society of America - Ostiningo Park, Binghamton, New York - Teen Petite America 2015, Emily Forbidussi, Mrs. New York Petite America 2015, Sally Forbidussi-Bennett and Petite Princesses Alli and Gabriella
Sally told us: "Ann's 5k race just had it's 4th year and is an annual even that I began to honor my children's grandma Ann and my dear friend and their Uncle Adan who have Huntington's Disease. Huntington's disease is a degenerative disease which hurts the mind and the body. There is no cure and no medicine to help stop the pain or the process. This is in conjunction with the Huntington's disease society of America's team Hope Walks and the money raised goes to help with awareness and research to help find a cure. This year, the event raised $2,800.00. My son could have this as well and it's very important to me. My whole family helps me put this event on. My 4 children are part of my planning team."
May 26, 2016
Red Nose Day! - Sponsored by Walgreens, New York - Teen Petite America 2015, Emily Forbidussi and Mrs. New York Petite America 2015, Sally Forbidussi-Bennett
Emily and Sally wore their red noses today!
This year 34 million dollars was raised across the county to help children in need and make a difference in their lives. Next year the date is March 24, 2017 and we are looking for ways to hold an event to raise more!
May 7, 2016
1:00pm - Ellie's Hope cancer benefit - Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood, New York - Mrs. New York Petite America 2015, Sally Forbidussi-Bennett
Sally told us: "Ellie was a beautiful lady who had cancer and her family created this team of people to support her in her battle. She along with the team participated in the American cancer society 's relay for life each year. Ellie has since passed on, but the team still thrives. This was a benefit to raise money for the American Cancer Society. I was asked to come and speak and enjoy the day with the team. I shared my story and hopefully inspired many!!"
April 30, 2016
7:00pm - bowling fundraiser to benefit our team "Crowns fighting Crohn's" for Taking Steps (an event to support the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America) - Wolcott Lanes, Wolcott, Connecticut - Ms. Connecticut Petite America 2016, Michele Fabiano, Petite Princesse Delilah and Petite Director, Kimberly
Michele and Miss Brass City America, Erika Farrell. Both are fighting for the same cause.
The raffle winners.
April 30, 2016
2:00-4:00pm - 8th Annual ENCOREplus Pink Afternoon Tea Party - YWCA, 89 Hawley Street, Binghamton, New York - Mrs. New York Petite America 2015, Sally Forbidussi-Bennett
Sally told us: "The encore plus program by the YWCA is an education, outreach, and advocacy program that provides breast/cervical cancer screenings for all and works to break down barriers for all women. This was sponsored by up the creek boutique which supplied the fashion show clothes that I was in with 4 other survivors, the Avon foundation, and it was a Susan g Komen event. I got to speak with survivors about being ok with the changes cancer has brought, being in a fashion show , and speaking at the tea to share me journey and help encourage others that we are all beautiful even without hair. My crown adds great sparkle though. We are all beautiful in our own special ways!! It's was great fun!"
April 25, 2016
Donating Gown for charity - La Casa Hermosa, Wellington, Florida - Mrs. Petite America 2015, Ilisa Stillman
Ilisa said: "Such a privilege to donate the evening gown I wore during last year’s Petite America Pageant to La Casa Hermosa! Iva works with local charities that provide formal wear to those who may not otherwise be able to afford a dress for a prom, wedding, or other formal event. Perhaps someday I will run across a picture of a fellow petite-mate wearing this beautiful dress!"
April 24, 2016
Mrs. Connecticut & Mrs. Rhode Island United States Pageant - Assembly Theatre, Harrisville, Rhode Island - Ms. Petite America 2015, Mandy Sue Peixoto and former Ms. Petite America 2011, Kristen (Pope) Starziano
Mandy Sue congratulates Petite sister queen Kristen on her big win as Mrs. Rhode Island United States 2016!
April 24, 2016
2:00pm - Sally's Lemonade Party - Founder's Lodge, Sky Lake Camp & Retreat Center, 501 William Law Road, Windsor, New York 13865 - Mrs. New York Petite America 2015, Sally Forbidussi-Bennett
First, she held a photo shoot in preparation for the party.
Sally said: "This was a party to celebrate my recovery that I planned along with the encouragement of my brother Scott in September 2015 and my family and friends. I believe God is in control and he prepared me for this journey and he would bring me through and he did. I have a story to share and celebrate and I want to share it with the world. When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. There's nothing He can't do! The day was pretty overwhelming with over 150 people to celebrate and enjoy this day!"
12:00pm - Meet and Greet - Wildon Hospital, New York - Mrs. New York Petite America 2015, Sally Forbidussi-Bennett
Sally and her lymphodemia OT girls. She was there to help spread the word about lymphodemia treatment.
March 12, 2016
6:00pm - Hats Off To Cancer Party - United Methodist Church of Windsor, Windsor, New York - Teen Petite America 2015, Emily Forbidussi, Mrs. New York Petite America 2015, Sally Forbidussi-Bennett, Petite Princesses Alli and Gabriella
Sally told us: "This party was planned the weekend before my double masectomy surgery and my lymph node removal. It was a fun thing to do because the Drs thought my lymph nodes were going to be full of cancer. Praise God though they were not! We put on a party to collect hAts for the local American Cancer society's wig room. We used a roaring 20s theme and it was very fun and invited the community."
11:00am - Church Service - Windsor United Methodist Church - Windsor, New York - Mrs. New York Petite America 2015, Sally Forbidussi-Bennett
Sally told us: "God doesn't make mistakes! I spoke about how difficult it was that I was losing my hair with cancer. Funny thing is my hair was falling out way before I realized it was cancer. I thought I was going to need like 52 wigs just to be ok. The Dr. said by day 15 your hair will be gone. I was thinking he was wrong by day 14 and maybe I was different. I didn't shave my head I just held on in case. But by day 15 after chemo the day before - it began and by the afternoon it was gone! I was ready and what I realized was, wow I'm still the same person. I didn't change I just lost my hair. And so began the kickoff of my campaign. This is the plan God has for me. To teach and share that God doesn't make mistakes. Hair does not make a person. We truly all have beauty in many different ways!!"
She also began wearing fun "Kentucky Derby" hats!
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