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Miss World Megan Young to hold fundraisers in US for PH typhoon victims

Megan Young. (Photo from the Miss World Philippines Facebook account)

Miss World 2013 Megan Young will lead charity events in the US next week for the benefit of typhoon victims back in her homeland and then fly to the Philippines to personally deliver the proceeds, the Miss World organization announced in a news release on its website Thursday.

“The Miss World charity, Beauty With A Purpose, has made the decision to direct all of its fundraising efforts into supporting the people of the Philippines,” the news release said. “The newly crowned Miss World, Megan Young, who is from the Philippines, will be attending fundraising events in the United States next week to raise as much money as possible to help her fellow Filipinos.”

On Tuesday, November 19, Young will join the Philippine consul general in New York, Mario Lopez de Leon Jr., in a charity dinner with members of the Filipino community in New York state.

The following evening, she will grace an event at the Doubletree Hilton I in Newark, New Jersey. “Originally planned as a reception dinner celebrating the coronation of the Philippines first ever Miss World, the event will now focus on the fundraising powers of the Miss World Organization, with everyone coming to the event making a donation to the relief funds,” the news release noted.

On Thursday, Young will head to Los Angeles for a fundraising dinner at the Beverly Hills Country Club hosted by the Philippine consul general in LA, Maria Hellen Barber-de la Vega. The highlight of the event is an auction featuring “some of the iconic dresses that she wore on her journey to the Miss World Final and beyond, including her National Dress Costume, her homecoming gown and the outfit she wore when she was crowned Miss World in Bali”.

Young will then travel to Manila — her second homecoming after winning the crown in September — on November 27 to bring home all the donations she will have raised. Accompanied by a delegation from the Miss World organization, she will visit Tacloban City on November 28 and Coron, Palawan on November 29.

The 23-year-old Filipino-American actress and film student from Olongapo City has commiserated with the typhoon victims since last weekend through her Twitter account. She also revealed that her mother hails from Antique, one of the provinces devastated by the typhoon.