Miss New Bedford...
On September 21st, 2008, Ashley was honored to become Miss New Bedford, a local preliminary title preceding the Miss Massachusetts and Miss America Scholarship Pageants. Throughout her year-long reign, she served as the local ambassador for the Miss America Program, as well its national partner, The Children’s Miracle Network. In addition, she dedicated her year to raising awareness of domestic violence and advocating for enhanced prevention education in schools.
During that time, Ashley set a record in the program’s 56-year history, making over 120 appearances. Representing New Bedford at the Miss Massachusetts Pageant, she was honored to place as a TOP 5 FINALIST as 4th runner-up. After relinquishing her title, she competed and won the title of Miss Apponagansett Bay for additional scholarship money and opportunities, placing once more as 4th runner-up at the Miss Massachusetts pageant. Her participation earned her more than $6,000 in educational scholarships, in addition to performing public service and serving as a positive role model throughout the community.
Due to Ashley's success and commitment to the values of the program, she later joined the program committee and now serves as the Chairperson of the Miss New Bedford Scholarship Program.
Produced a monthly television show, The Miss New Bedford Insider: Interviewed persons of local interest including the New Bedford Police Department, The Greater New Bedford Women’s Center, and the ‘SMILES’ Mentoring organization. Other shows highlighted prominent social causes, activism, and community events and happenings.
"Special Guest" feature appearances: Numerous radio appearances to include FUN107 and WBSM; Featured story on the cover of The Wanderer Magazine; Featured in “Women of New Bedford” Whaling City Alternative School; Celebrity dancer for “Dancing with the New Bedford Stars” to benefit St. Luke’s Hospital; Ballroom dance performer for New Bedford Symphony Orchestra’s annual “Seaside Swing” fundraiser; Featured dancer in “Phantoms of the Orpheum” tour
Additional Engagements: NSTAR’s Walk for Children’s Hospital Boston; District Attorney's office, “Hear My Voice” family event– Child Abuse Prevention Event; Reading is Fundamental week – New Bedford, Dartmouth, and Middleboro Schools; Helped produce the First “New Bedford’s Got Talent” competition – over 50 acts, ages 4-84!; Working Waterfront Festival; Boys and Girls Club Steak and Burger Night; Judge at the Magic of Music Idol Scholarship Competition; Host of Miss Alden Court Senior Pageant and Miss Senior South Coast Senior Pageant; AHA! New Bedford ‘meet and greet’; Charity races - Women’s Fund 5K Tiara Run, Beckwith-Wiedemann’s 5K, Fun107’s Sharon’s Walk; Hispanic Heritage Festival and Feast of the Blessed Sacrament
Singing the national anthem: New Bedford Half Marathon for over 2,800 runners!; Miles for SMILES Annual Fundraiser; First ever New Bedford Bay Sox game; Women’s 5K to benefit The Women’s Center (and then ran the 5K with my crown on!)
Raising over $1,500 for Children's Miracle Network locally for Children's Hospital Boston: Coordinated fundraiser for Children’s Miracle Network at Not Your Average Joe’s Restaurant; Coordinated fundraiser for Children’s Miracle Network at Papa Gino’s Restaurant
My Platform: Promoting domestic violence education within schools: Survivor speaker and community advocate for domestic violence and teen dating violence awareness; Entered schools as “Miss New Bedford” to discuss how anyone is at risk and to inspire self-empowerment; Partnered with The Women’s Center of New Bedford to enhance school-based education