Monday, September 19, 2005
Grandpa Tony was smiling proud from up above Saturday night as his youngest granddaughter, Kerri Urrutia, was named the new Miss Sunnyside.
Urrutia, who said she most admired her hard-working late grandfather, will represent the community in the coming year along with her court, first princess Corrin Veiga, second princess Dianna Mendoza and third princess Heather Van Corbach.
But while this past Saturday night was about a new beginning for Urrutia and her court, it was also about saying good-bye.
Long-time emcee for the Miss Sunnyside pageant, Greg Smith, bust out his endless collection of one-liners for the very last time on Saturday, saying good-bye to the pageant after 16 years.
Smith recounted how excited he becomes every year at the opportunity to host the community event for one night, as young ladies vie for the honor of Miss Sunnyside.
"Sunnyside, thank you very much," said Smith. "You have been so kind to me. It has been a marvelous run of 16 years for me."
Smith shared much of the duties of his last pageant with his pride and joy, his granddaughter, Madison Bowen.
The outgoing Miss Sunnyside Andrea Phillips and Princesses Megan Cornelius, Jamie Durbin and Jacqueline DeRuyter used their time to say good-bye to Jennifer Golden. Golden is leaving her position as pageant coordinator. The Miss Sunnyside court presented her with a quilt that had a photograph of all the Miss Sunnyside courts she has worked with over the years.
"She is the motor that runs the pageant," said Phillips of Golden.
Then the final good-byes of the evening came from the outgoing Miss Sunnyside Court, which shared some of the happenings of the group over the past year with the capacity crowd.
In additon to an evening of emotional farewells, the audience was treated to some poignant musical numbers from Corey Murphy and Rebecca Rodriguez.
Besides being named Miss Sunnyside, Urrutia was also named Miss Photogenic and Miss Congeniality.