By Nikki Metzger
(Victor Valley)– Tuesdays are fast becoming the favored night of the week for fun and fundraising. Through the month of April join Miss California International Brittany Wagner at Kinari’s for Kami Kazee Tuesdays to raise funds for the American Diabetic Association.
“We have 6 events that started on March 22nd. That was Diabetes Alert Day. From March 22nd through April the ADA promotes diabetes awareness and diabetes testing. We have pamphlets here at the event and a doctor was here to answer questions” Brittany explained.
Kami Kazee Tuesdays include good food and great raffle prizes. “We have so many good items to raffle off. We have Couples Wine Tasting at Casa de Vino, fitness memberships at Anytime Fitness, gift cards from several restaurants including Olive Garden, Red Robin, and Starbucks, 1 hour massage, a limousine ride, several gift baskets, and SO much more,” said Wagner.
“A big sponsor of the event is Desert Castle Realty. My mom and her team from Desert Castle Realty have done all of the work for these events. They also donated a customized bicycle to give as the grand prize. The bike will be announced at the final event,” Brittany said.
Candace Foster, Brittany’s mother, explained how she came up with the idea for Kami Kazee Tuesdays, “I attended Tequila Tuesdays in February for Breast Cancer. I’d been thinking about what to do for our diabetes event and after attending Tequila Tuesdays I thought ‘I have to utilize this.’ Basically throw a party at Kinari’s. I can do that!”
Brittany is the reigning Miss California International. She is from the High Desert and a graduate of Victor Valley College. “Diabetes Awareness and Education is my platform as Miss California. I chose that because 2 years ago on Christmas Day my dad passed away from diabetes. Hopefully I can help save other families. I go to hospitals and educate people about the effects of the disease. And I help facilitate a support group for the families of the people who have diabetes.”
“Working with the ADA keeps me pretty busy. They have many events through-out the year. I have 2 different bike rides coming up, plus walks at schools. I go to schools and educate kids about obesity and diabetes prevention by controlling what they eat. I also work with the diabetes specialist at Loma Linda. And I’m doing the audio portion of a book about diabetes,” said Wagner.
Brittany will be competing for the national title of Miss International in July in Chicago. She said, “If I win that title then I will be doing this throughout the United States. That’s the plan – to be a nationwide spokesperson for ADA.”
“People don’t understand – diabetes doesn’t just affect the person who has the disease. It affects the whole family. Our education program is about preventing diabetes before it strikes,” Wagner said.
Kami Kazee Tuesdays will continue for 4 more weeks. At the end of 4 weeks the bicycle will be given away. Then a check for the total profits will be donated to ADA. The events run from 5:00-8:00pm at Kinari’s at 12152 Cottonwood Rd in Victorville.