2013 Step Up for Juvenile Diabetes

2013-KassiJuvDiabetesAs part of my Royal reign, community service is my way of giving back.  On Saturday, February 23rd my Princess Gina and I participated in the Step Up for Juvenile Diabetes Walk at the Mall of America.  This event was pretty important to me because I was walking on behalf of my cousin Alex who was diagnosed with Type 1 a few years back, and my family has a history of diabetes.  Almost my entire family walked with him in support.  I was amazed at how many people participated!  The actual walk only lasted about an hour, but that was only a small portion of the event.   Around the mall were fun things for the kids to do like dancing, face painting, and hair styling.  At the close of the event there were a few speeches and a band that played.  Suddenly this meaningful day became a giant dance party.  We had so much fun!

Kassi Giles
Miss Inver Grove Heights 2013

2013 North East Minneapolis Sock Hop

2013-SockHopOn Saturday, March 9th my Royal Family and I jumped in a time machine and landed at a 1950’s sock hop. The North East Minneapolis Royalty hosted this dance complete with root beer floats, yummy cupcakes, games and plenty of great photos. After dancing to some classic 1950’s music and some group dances, there where a few games including a bubble gum blowing contest (which I almost won), a limbo contest won my our own Kassi Giles (Miss Inver Grove Heights), and a hula hoop contest. We all had so much fun in our 50’s outfit.  I loved every minute of this event!!

Gina Soukey
Inver Grove Heights Princess 2013

IGH Parks and Rec Easter Egg Hunt

EasterEggHuntOn Saturday, March 23rd we participated in the Inver Grove Heights Parks & Recreation Egg Hunt sponsored by Heartland Credit Union.  The fields at the Rich Valley Athletic Complex were still covered in snow.  It seemed a little backwards that we did the Candy Cane Hunt in the rain and now the Egg Hunt in the snow.  It was all good though.  The sun was shining and the eggs looked bright and colorful against the white snow.  There were lots of kids and tons of eggs for them to find!  To add to the fun, Kassi (our Queen) started the wave while the kids waited for the egg hunt to begin.  But there was a little confusion when she used the word “go” for the wave.  Some of the kids thought she meant to go collect the eggs and took off running.  Oops!  Oh well, it did add to the excitement and it was kind of funny.  It was a really fun event and we enjoyed cheering on the egg hunters!


Sydney Bohn
2013 Inver Grove Heights Little Princess

2013 Food Allergy Walk

2013-FoodAllergyWalkOn March 23rd, 2013, the Inver Grove Heights Royalty volunteered at the Food Allergy Awareness Walk at the Mall of America. We were excited to cheer people on as they walked for this cause. The money raised during the fundraising walk will help AFAA (Anaphylaxis and Food Allergy Association of Minnesota) continue the mission to educate, advocate, and support those with life-threatening food allergies. Since its inception in 2001, AFAA has been on a shoestring budget and run entirely by volunteers. It was great to see how many people of all ages supported the cause!

Olivia Swenson
Junior Miss Inver Grove