In 1990, Bianca won the title of Miss Connecticut earning the right to represent her home state in the Miss America program. As news anchor, a story she covered about the Miss America program prompted her to enter in the competition. 6 weeks later, she won the local title. 8 months after that, she earned the state title of Miss Connecticut and 3 months later, she found herself on the Miss America stage in Atlantic City, NJ competing for the coveted crown.
In addition to achieving the title of Miss Connecticut, she also earned the interview award, the State Platform Award for Community Service, and the swimsuit award. The station ran promotions for trips to the event and although she did not come home with the national title, she felt like a winner knowing hundreds of people across the state of Connecticut, from family and friends and even mayors, attended the event to show their overwhelming support.
80,000 women compete each year on the local level. Only 50 make it to the national stage. Bianca made more than 300 appearances during her year and signed over 8,000 requested photographs nationwide. She is a Connecticut girl through and through and loves her home state, especially its people…Bianca says the residents of Connecticut helped make 1990 one of the most fascinating years of her life. [Click here to see the Miss CT "In the News" video]
Statewide charities raised over $1 million dollars of fundraising revenue during her reign as Miss Connecticut as she made tireless appearances to boost publicity and awareness for the charitable organizations and foundations [click: Giving Back].
A Senate Joint Resolution proclaimed Bianca the State of Connecticut’s Official Hostess, a newly created post starting with Bianca. All future state contenders for the Miss America title would now serve in this capacity. As the State’s Official Hostess, she was “to complement and assist the First Lady of the State in the discharge of her ceremonial duties.” Bianca was deeply honored and grateful for this new post.
She has always taken her volunteerism and community service to heart and worked incredibly long hours and traveled thousands of miles throughout Connecticut and other states as the proud representative of her native state. The Connecticut State Senate recognized Bianca for “her outstanding academic accomplishments, her impressive career achievements, and her extensive involvement in community activities.”
With all of her accomplishments, it is her Quality of Life Award for her commitment to volunteerism of which Bianca is most proud having spearheaded many efforts to raise awareness or funds for charities not only in Connecticut but also worldwide – click here for more details: Giving Back.