Monday, October 26, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
I started off the day at registration. You could already tell that it was going to be a scorcher outside. My contact Larry even joked that we should postpone the event until next week when it cools down :) Anyway, at one point I was talking with a three-some and out of no where one of the guys says, "Hey, YOU are Miss Florida USA'. Now being that I was wearing my sash, I thought that was pretty clear. I told him I was and he began to ask me where and when Miss USA was. It is as though I could see his light bulb turn on and he says, "I am supposed to go to Vegas to see you!" Turns out that my Dad has been telling everyone that they have to come to Vegas to support his daughter and those people have been telling their people.
Congratualtions to all the award winners and Congratualtions to Larry for a fantastic day of golf!
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Yesterday at 7am, I assisted my boyfriend (Dave for those who know him) at the Miami Heat booth at the Annual Domestic Violence Walk and Expo in North Miami Beach. Every person who pre-registered for the walk was given a Season Opener Miami Heat ticket for the Oct 28th home game. It was sweltering outside, but that did not stop people from attending this event. It was really neat to see so many people there and to hear there stories of survival. In the picture you can see posters in the background. All of them were created to send the message of Stop The Violence. It was a very powerful statement.
Today, I drove up to Jacksonville to be with a couple who is very close to my heart. James and Kim Antos entered my life when I won the title of Miss Volusia County USA 2009. Kim was my director and since then she has become a very close friend. Last fall, we celebrated the news that Kim and James were going to become first time parents. If you have ever met Kim and James, you would know that these two people have been together forever and were ready to bring a child into their loving family.
After 19 weeks of pregnancy, problems began to surface. Apparently the baby was experiencing seizures inside the womb which if you can image was incredible painful for Kim and detrimental to the baby. This continued on until Kim gave birth at 32 weeks. From what the doctors know, this is a very rare case with not a lot of case study work. There is nothing that Kim or James did wrong, genetics did not come into play; the doctor describes it as a fluke incident that if given enough time, Kim's body should be able to heal so she can have the opportunity to have a healthy child.
Now I shorten the story to the basic points, but you should know that Kim and James went from living in Ormond Beach, working full time, and arranging the house for a new baby to weekly doctor visits in Jacksonville and a daily fear of the unknown. Alexander was born on June 23, 2009 and passed on July 22, 2009. During that one month period, Kim and James stayed at the Ronald McDonald House in Jacksonville and saw Alexander as often as they were allowed. He was in a very fragile state, still experiencing seizures.
At 3 weeks old and at 4 weeks old, the doctors took an MRI of Alexander's brain. Instead of seeing development, they saw the opposite. Alexander's brain was deteriorating at a rather quick pace and Kim and James were given two options. First option, understand that if Alexander lives he will be a vegetable his entire life unable to breathe without being attached to a machine or second, let him go. It was an incredibly difficult decision, but they decided to let him go. They never imagined that it would come down to this decision, but they truly felt that their child had endured enough pain in his 30 day life.
When Kim told me about the Wolfson Children's Hospital's Walk To Remember, I knew we needed to attend. Families gathered to remember their lost one for the short time that he or she was on this earth. There were personal messages written on purple and white balloons as well as banners that were carried throughout the walk. Everyone wore a yellow butterfly with the name of their child who had passed. Once we all reached the furthest point of the walk, there was a prayer, we listened to Over The Rainbow and the balloons were released. It was a afternoon of sadness but also of hope. My heart goes out to all the families. Kim and James are very thankful to the Ronald McDonald House and Wolfson Children Hospital for being so supportive during this incredibly difficult period in their life. If you would like to donate to the Wolfson Children's Hospital please visit https://dnbweb1.blackbaud.com/OPXDONATE/AddDonor.asp?cguid=D7C2333D-C9FF-498A-8732-92985A5249D2&sTarget=https://dnbweb1.blackbaud.com/OPXDONATE/donate.asp?cguid%3DD7C2333D%252DC9FF%252D498A%252D8732%252D92985A5249D2%26dpid%3D12919&sid=9392C7D8%2D08E2%2D4C54%2DB161%2D9AC6AEB748C0
Saturday, October 10, 2009
There was a flood of high heels moving through Las Olas Blvd for a half of a mile. This was not just your typical walk-a-thon. There were of booths to visit, photo ops, and a judges station (to Strut your stuff); plus food and refreshments
throughout. Once the walk was over , it was time to announce the 2009 Glam Doll Strut Queen. This was the team captain who raised the most money. For the second year in a row the 'Boobies' took home the title raising an amazing $10,000! Congratulations to the 'Boobies' and everyone who participated in this Fabulous event!
Thursday, October 8, 2009
I have a very special little friend who has been in and out of remission (She was diagnosed with a rare cancer called neuroblastoma in February 2007) since she was a little girl. She is now 10 years old and loves Arnold Palmer Hospital for everything they have done for her.
For a while now, Children's Miracle Network has been having a competition to see which children's hospital in the nation can get the most votes. That hospital will win a upgraded play station for their hospital. Arnold Palmer has been stuck in 24th place and the competition ends on Oct 16th so please visit:
You can vote 10 times in one day at the same time. The zip code for Arnold Palmer is 32806. You don't have to live in Florida to vote.
Please pass this to as many people as you know by email and facebook if you have one.
Thank you for voting and helping us be the #1 Children's Hospital in Florida.
Miss Florida USA*
For the past 6 years, HARC has been known for their one of a kind fundraising event; Georgette's Celebrity Fashion Show. The event took place at the Tampa Hyatt Regency and I would declare the event a huge success! I believe there were 450 people in attendance, mostly women ready to mingle with others as well as see some great clothing. Georgette has transformed your average fashion show into a Cirque de Soliel experience. Fun music, dancers, aerialists, and celebrity models made the show highly entertaining and very memorable. Today was no different. I had the honor of attending this event to model a beautiful 14K gold 'Y' style necklace from Continental Jewelers. This piece was worth $1100 and was being auctioned off following the fashion show.
The picture to the right is of myself with Glenn and Sally Smith from Continental Jewelers. They have donated a jewelry piece every year since the inaugural fashion show and were so wonderful to speak with during the luncheon. I wish I could have taken the necklace home as it looks great against any V-neck styled clothing piece and compliments all two-tone jewelry. The compliments were non-stop; hence it was a great piece to have for the Live Auction :)
All in all, this event was completely worth the drive. Everyone inside of the HARC organization was so professional, organized and involved for the right reasons. They have hearts of gold and I am very grateful to have been apart of their event.
Saturday, October 3, 2009
On this star-studded episode of On The Flipside, Aubrey Aquino is coming to you from Sandbar in Salt Lake City Utah! Up first, NBA sensation, LeBron James talks about his big screen debut in "More Than a Game' along with the film's director, Kristopher Belman. Then shop til ya drop! Miami Dolphins Jason Taylor takes some deserving youth for a "Cool Gear or the School Year outing at Old Navy. Watch the fun festivities, as he's joined by teammates like Greg Camarillo, Akin Ayodele, Joey Porter, Yeremiah Bell, the Dolphins cheerleaders, as well as Miami HEAT James Jones, Udonis Haslem and alum Alonzo Mourning, AND South Florida rappers Rick Ross and Trina.
For this edition's Sideline Distraction we feature Miss Florida USA Megan Clementi, who's a 5-year veteran and captain of the Orlando Magic "Dunking Dancers." And finally, we round it in Las Vegas at the Bali Hai golf course, by taking a spin in the Garia Golf Car with NFL kicker Morten Andersen.
Keep spreading the word about On The Flipside and thanks for the continued support!! ~Aubrey
P.S. I edited this entire episode ALL BY MYSELF! :)
AUBREY! You are amazing! Great job!
Miss Florida USA*
Miss Florida USA *