Patty Piatt contacted me through my website about designing her platform page for the Mrs. Pennsylvania International competition which will be held on March 14, 2015 the Jaffa Shrine Center in Altoona, Pennsylvania. Patty will be representing her home town of Beaver, Pennsylvania in this year’s competition.
We worked together to design a platform page based around her chosen platform, GLADNEY CENTER FOR ADOPTION.
For more than 125 years, GLADNEY CENTER FOR ADOPTION has been a pioneer and leading voice for improving the lives of children, adoptive families and birth parents, creating the adoption “TRIAD.” Each point of the triangle represents each one, the heart encompasses their love. Gladney believes that each adoption, like each family, is unique. Choosing adoption is a life long journey. With unwavering commitment, Gladney has focused on our mission and is making a difference in the lives of birth parents, adoptive families and children here in the United States and around the world.
I designed her platform page based on the detailed content and pictures she sent to me. Her platform inspired me to create something that was not just aesthetically appealing but also had significant meaning like her story of adoption. Her growing family reminded me of a “family tree” which is why I chose vector tree leaves to create each element.
In 1960, Patty’s mom was facing an unplanned pregnancy. With little support and lack of finances to raise a child, she made the most selfless decision to place her baby girl for adoption. She didn’t know for many years if her baby was loved, safe and happy. Fast forward 48 years to 2008. This was the year Todd and Patty started their life long journey of adoption. The process of adoption has evolved over the years, and in many domestic adoptions, birth parents can choose the adoptive parents. In 2010 “Aimee” chose them! Their lives changed forever. They are very thankful and blessed to have their precious Gianna Rose! Their birth mom knows Gianna is loved, safe and happy. Patty’s mom did find out many years later that her baby was placed with a loving family. The Piatt’s feel that the selfless decision Patty’s mom made many years ago for the benefit of her child, is the main reason their family is now complete.
As Patty vies for the Mrs. Pennsylvania International crown she hopes to continue to be an Ambassador for the Gladney Family Association to heighten awareness of the “option of adoption” both domestically and internationally. Represent the international pageant community at the Annual Gladney Leadership Retreat in Fort Worth, Texas where she has the opportunity to strengthen our connection and learn additional skills within the adoption process. Finally she will continue to be a “PAL” (Personal Adoption Liaison) leader with Gladney Family Association, offering support and guidance for waiting adoptive families.
I wish you the best of Luck Patty! You have a truly wonderful story to share.
Pageant Questions, Answered:
What is a platform?
A platform is a cause or issue that is near or dear to your heart. Usually each contestant in the in a pageant will select a platform which she will spend the year promoting if selected as the Queen. There is no right or wrong platform, as long as it’s an issue that you are passionate about.
What is a platform page?
The judges are usually given your platform page before your interview. The platform page will be the first chance for you to share a glimpse of yourself, your platform dedication, and your plan as a titleholder before you are actually sitting in front of the judges. It is imperative that it is well organized, error free, and speaks directly to your persona. Essentially, it is who you are in paper form.
What content should be in a platform page?
There are 2 main elements of a platform page. (1) Your head shot, (2) Copy about you and your platform dedication. You may also include (3) action shots of you at events related to your platform and (4) bullet style facts that the judges should need to know about you and your platform.
What size is a platform page?
Usually 8.5 x 11. In most pageants the judges will not be able to see the back of your platform page.