A new Miss Liberia in the USA has been crowned in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is Miss Lydia Kennedy, the daughter of Rev. Lawrence and Pastor Sadia Kennedy of Norcross, Georgia, USA.
At a well attended Beauty Pageant extravaganza held on Saturday, July 22, 2011 and as part of it’s the annual hosting of the occasion by Liberian United Women in Progress (LUWIP), Miss Georgia, USA coveted crown. Contestants vying for the Miss Liberia in the USA title came from the states of Rhode Island, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Delaware, Georgia and Florida.
The young and beautiful Liberian queens were grilled by a panel of seven judges to assess their platform, intelligence, poise and beauty. The ladies then strutted their stuff in African, swim-wear and evening attires to the cheering of the jubilant crowd of supporters, families and friends.
This year the Liberian women’s social organization added a Little Miss Liberia in the USA fundraiser. The organizers disclosed that funds raised would be used to construct a well in an adopted village in rural Liberia. Total raised for the well project was over $12,300.
The outgoing Miss Liberia in the USA, 2010 Miss Mahja Zeon, also from Georgia, USA, thanked the LUWIP and all who supported her one year reign.
The Liberian United Women in Progress (LUWIP) is a non-profit, non-political organization headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. LUWIP was founded in 2000 by a group of strong and promising Liberian women who share a passion for supporting and guiding the youth in our community. The organization serves as a beacon to promote moral values by encouraging and supporting education, self-empower. The organization says its mission is to impact and empower our community through meaningful multi-cultural, educational, and social initiatives while providing basic and material support to the less fortunate.
LUWIP tries to foster moral values in our youth and encourage them to pursue self-empowering endeavors such as education, employment, and volunteerism.
For the past 11 years, around the Liberian Independence Day weekend, LUWIP has produced one of it’s biggest fundraisers of the year, the Miss Liberia in the US Pageant.