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Miss A Creates Campy YouTube Video For Chance To Attend Elton John AIDS Foundation Oscar Party With Emma.com


Miss A Creates Campy YouTube Video For Chance To Attend Elton John AIDS Foundation Oscar Party With Emma.com


Andrea Rodgers as Marilyn Monroe taken by Joseph Allen in 2008

My good friend Cheryl Romero told me about Emma.com’s offer to win an experience of a lifetime — an all expense trip to Los Angeles to attend the 20th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party. You have to understand that Cheryl has that Joie de vivre. She is very spontaneous, traveling on trips with the girls, going to events several nights a week, and always up for trying the newest restaurant. She loves anything different and fun. Cheryl is a huge fan of the Oscars and is always up to date on celebrity news.

Having started my own businesses in the fall of 2008, I’m much more frugal when it comes to travel and entertainment expenses, and I’ve become a bit of a workaholic. What I love about Cheryl is that she is always encouraging me to get out there, and enjoy life more. I don’t always take her up on her invitations, but her enthusiasm and persistence persuaded me that we should try to win this incredible opportunity.

Emma will select a winner based on our Emma profiles and the extent to which they  demonstrate that we are:
1) the Biggest Elton John fan,
2) the Biggest advocate of HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention,
3) the Biggest Oscars fan.


As a writer, it’s easy to hide in the shadows behind the text, and with the right photographer and photoshop it’s easy to create a perfect still image. Video is much more difficult to control, which may be why I haven’t done much with them. I’m excited to make my debut so that my readers, and even my editors and writers across the country to get a chance to see a bit more of me. This is the side of me my friends are very familiar with — my silly side. Here is our video entry:


Cheryl suggested Madame Tussauds as the location for the video shoot. With one of Elton John’s most famous songs

Sir Elton John and David Furnish at the 19th annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Oscar party in West Hollywood (Photo Credit: The Telegraph)

being “Candle in the Wind,” which pays homage to the late Marilyn Monroe, my mind immediately went to the photo Joseph Allen took of me as Marilyn in 2008. Joseph and I met when he asked to cover The Courage Cup in 2006, and I have been working with him on projects and recommending him to nonprofits around town ever since. He’s a dear friend, and one of the best photographers in Washington. His work is seen in several luxury lifestyle magazines. In the past few years, he has extended his love of photography into videography, so I knew I needed him on board.

Cheryl and I did our own hair and makeup for the shoot at Madame Tussauds. For my transformation into Marilyn, I would like to thank Kalizya Hutchinson at the new Nival Salon and Spa (formerly Hela Salon and Spa) for doing my hair, and Mischel Rillera at M.A.C. at The Shops at Wisconsin Place for doing my makeup.

Cheryl is dying for us to win, so that she can attend the party. She loves seeing celebrities. To me, I just love the whole creative process, getting glam and pulling this all together. I could do this every week! I am so excited to have created something goofy, fun to share with my friends and fans. That said, attending and covering the Elton John Foundation’s gala would be a dream come true as would be the most charitable and stylish of any event we have had the pleasure of covering. I hope my friends and readers will cross their fingers, say a prayer, and wish us luck! We’ll keep you posted!

– Miss A

P.S. Elton John AIDS Foundation has a big “a”…..I think it’s a sign!

About Emma.com

Because everyone in the Emma™ community has a Facebook profile, you can feel secure in your transactions. Whether it’s dating, selling stuff, offering services, or finding a roommate or rideshare, Emma allows you to know before you go.

Not only that, you can create your own private marketplace with just your friends, or their friends, or people with things in common who are not yet your friends. Imagine swapping jewelry with only your sorority sisters, or renting tools to people in your neighborhood. You control who gets to see what on Emma, the friendly marketplace.

About Elton John AIDS Foundation

The Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) was established in the United States in 1992 by Sir Elton John, and is now located in New York City.  In 1993, Sir Elton also established his Foundation as a registered charity in the United Kingdom, headquartered in London. These two organizations function as separate entities with their own distinct grant-making portfolios, but both pursue the same mission – to reduce the incidence of HIV/AIDS through innovative HIV prevention programs, efforts to eliminate stigma and discrimination associated with HIV/AIDS, and direct treatment and care services for people living with HIV/AIDS.

Today, EJAF is one of the world’s leading nonprofits working in this field. Together, the two organizations have raised more than $225 million in support of worthy projects in 55 countries around the world, including significant funding dedicated to programs in their respective home countries. The U.S. organization awards grants to community-based projects across the United States, the Americas, and the Caribbean. The U.K. organization focuses its grant making on programs in Africa, Asia, and Europe.

EJAF’s regional, national, and international leadership is predicated upon:

  1. Its vigilant attention to the constant changes and challenges of the ever-evolving global AIDS epidemic,
  2. Its commitment to the development of strong partnerships with like-minded organizations in order to maximize resources and minimize duplication of effort, and
  3. Its strategic investment of donor dollars to have the greatest possible impact in reducing the incidence of HIV/AIDS.

In 2008, I launched AskMissA.com which grew from my personal blog into a site with 700 writers, covering the intersection of charity & lifestyle in 20 U.S. cities. With Charity + Life, I am going back to a personal blog where I can share my favorite things, and continue to shine a light on nonprofits, and cause marketing campaigns to inspire others to give as they live.

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