Cranston's Miss USA will be making several appearances throughout the city today, starting with an event at the to read a story to children and ending at for a grand homecoming ceremony.
Olivia Culpo beat out 51 other contestants in the Miss USA pageant last month. A cellist and student at Boston University, Culpo's homecoming will include special music performances by the and All-City Concert Band and from the BASICS music program.
The day started at 9 a.m. at the , where she'll talk to teens. Then she's on to the library, and then will stop at from noon to 2 p.m. along with the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation's Hope Bus. There, she'll participate in the foundation's Starfish Project. Each handmade clay starfish represents an individual — patient, survivor, family member, caregiver — whose life has been touched by breast cancer. It's the third-leading cause of death from cancer in Rhode Island.
Then from 4 to 6 p.m., Culpo will be feted at City Hall. She will be handed a key to the city by Cranston Mayor Allan W. Fung and a tree will be planted in her honor.
“We are proud to host a homecoming celebration for Miss USA 2012 Olivia Culpo, who has inspired so many people through her accomplishments. She is a shining example of the positive things that are happening in Cranston” Fung said.
We will have pictures, stories and video posted throughout the day.