Central New York woman goes for the Mrs. America crown
SYRACUSE, N.Y. —
Meet Mrs. New York. Yes, you read that right, Mrs. New York.
"I couldn't be more proud. I'm super super fortunate that I'm her husband," Nicholas Michalkow said.
It may not be the pageant you're most familiar with, but this Syracuse woman, Patti Gomez-Michalkow, might soon be adding yet another title to her lengthy list of accomplishments.
"I jokingly say I don't sleep," Gomez-Michalkow said.
The 28-year-old New York City native has done it all. She's worked in entertainment as an assistant publicist for some big-time stars like the 'Harry Potter's, Daniel Radcliff. She's helped manage movie premieres. She's a dog mom, a full-time marketing manager, a volunteer, and she's an Army veteran.
She was a human intelligence collector for the National Guard, a job she was inspired to do at just 12-years-old. It was her first day at a new school in New York City on September 11th, 2001, when the sky was black with smoke and a National Guard soldier comforted her.
"He came up to me and said, 'Hey everything's going to be okay,' and he was kind enough to escort me and my father across the bridge to the other side," Gomez-Michalkow said.
A moment so powerful, it helped shape her future. Now, she works with "Homes for our Troops" to make sure those who have served our country have a comfortable place to call home. Gomez-Michalkow is using this pageant to raise $5,000 for disabled veterans.
"I've always tried my absolute best to help people in any way that I could. Being in the service is something I always dreamed about doing," she explained.
And as for winning that Mrs. America title, Gomez-Michalkow said: "I really just want to continue to shine a light on the veteran causes that I'm so passionate about. That's what I would like my legacy to be."