Sunday, June 18, 2017

"Walkin' the Walk" to help JDRF walk in Ohio! with my fellow SURVIVOR Reality Show "Castaways!" 2017 #Charity



Those who know me well, know that I'll go anywhere and pretty much to anything when it comes to helping others .
 Thus, when a couple of weekends ago, I got invited to be a part of the "Reality 4 Diabetes" Team for the @JDRF Walk in Ohio, thanks to the generosity of a sponsor for my flight and "The Crown Plaza" Hotel off I went for a weekend filled with events with SURVIVOR and Big Brother fans which raised funds to continue research to find a cure for Type 1 Diabetes. So far our team raised over 36K, but many of us, including me haven't reached our individual goals. I'm only $80 away!! from reaching mine. If you'd like to be a part of helping me continúe to help find a cure for Diabetes, PLEASE, click here to make any size donation. For a $10 donation, I'm happy to mail you one of my SURVIVOR Fiji Autograph cards. Send me a message on my instagram, Facebook or twitter account with your address so I can mail you the autographed card like the one below-the back also has pictures-those are a surprise for those who make the donation! PLEASE click on this link to make a donation:http://www2.jdrf.org/site/TR/Walk/SouthwestOhioChapter4501?px=11428236&pg=personal&fr_id=6642

Now, back to everything I was so happy to do at the event to raise funds- I
went straight from the airport to the "High Wire?!"  at "The Main Event."  See for yourselves!
Ready to Walk the High
Wire before I Walk the JDRF Walk! 😬 I'm not gonna lie, it was kinda scary!!
video Next to this "high-wire" walk, one of the highlights of my trip was meeting a fellow iHeart Radio colleague.  The wonderful Mr. Moe Patterson who was also one  of the main sponsors of this event so THANK YOU so much Moe to you and your brother for providing the home where many of my fellow Reality Show Stars stayed. 
I'm glad  it's not such a small iHeart World-also, apparently i Heart employees are into wearing light blue-LOL

From there, we went to my favorite thing to do, meet the wonderful people that are making the donations to the JDRF. Here are some images from the 1st of 2 "Meet & Greets," that took place this weekend.
I  told you I was a "people-person!"  HUGS for my fellow Latina SURVIVOR 2X Winner, Sandra Diaz-Twine below on the left and Danielle, one of our youngest fans , on the right

 


and with my "BIG BROTHER," Victor Arroyo, not literal, I mean from the Reality Show...LOL
Team REALITY 4 DIABETES! I'm on far-right middle...strking a pose, even at 8am💃


 ON YOUR MARKS, GET SET...GOOO!!


It was quite a crowd, of ALL ages. Check out the tiny participant in the video below...Wait, does a stroller count as a walk? LOL video

 so I had to stop and do some "sight seeing" during the walk thru Kings  Island Amusement Park-France in the middle of Ohio-who woulda thank it? LOL


After the walk with a couple of my fellow SURVIVOR "Castaways,"  Jerri Manthey and Sugar 

Here I am about to partake in the GO Kart race alongside other fellow SURVIVORS and BIG BROTHER contestants!  
and on our last day...how about some Miniatura Golf? Yes, please, here I am with my "Miniatura Golf Team" comprised of SURVIVOR contestants and fans of the show! These wonderful fans pay a fee to participate in all of these fun activities with us. All the money gets donated to our JDRF "Reality 4 Diabetes" Team fundraiser which this year raised close to $30K!

Watch and learn peoples!  ...ha ha ha, but serisouly, I tied for 1st place!, yay!


On the last day, hours before embarking my flight to return to my home in Fort Lauderdale, we partook in what's apparently becoming a craze, The #EscapeRoom Experience. I had never heard of this, but there's a reason I was chosen to be on Survivor- I'll do pretty much anything-positive, of course. Here I am with another fellow Latino SURVIVOR "Castaway" Billy Garcia as we try to salve a puzzle as we warm up for our "Escape Room" task

Here we are with the rest of our "Escape Room" Experience Team was made up of  SURVIVOR fans. We had a BLAST figuring out the "mystery" hiding place of the Cincinnati Reds baseball tickets- We did it minutes before I had to be whisked away to the airport to cach my return flight!!! Whew!!
Not before giving a HUGE thanks to Tasha Wilkie and ALL the sponsors who made our being able to be there possible including The @CrownePlaza Hotel and a HUGE personal thanks to one of our DEAREST fans formerly known as "Big Mike" whom we're so happy for and proud of, btw, for his losing over 100 lbs, thus avoiding a diagnosis of Diabetes! THANK YOU so much Mike for sponsoring my flight.

Before I say goodbye for now, I want to give special thanks to one of our wonderful fans who many of us now consider a friend, the gentleman to who took MANY of the photos I featured here, like this one right above, Mr. Roger Beane. Arlighty, now I'm ready to say Hasta la próxima amigos! Until next time my friends! Love you 💗God Bless you today and ALWAYS!🙏




With my Fellow Reality Show friends helping "GIVE KIDS THE WORLD" Charity in Orlando, FLA

You can click on the following link to hear @JeffProbst, the Emmy Winning Host the @CBS #RealityShow that I was on, describing me as the "listener and nurturer" of my tribe during my participation on Survivor Fiji. (RitaVerreos: CBS SURVIVOR Fiji Highlights) Those who know me personas know that I am, indeed, very much a people person. As such, I played the game with a different kind of Survivor strength, the one that helped me stay true to myself and my valúes of integrity and kindness. I'm very happy that this came through as I began to receive invitations to help #charities, #organizations & #foundations across the US.   In this past year, I was Blessed to have gotten invite to participante in the "HEARTS OF REALITY"  fundraiser to benefit "GIVE KIDS THE WORLD"  through a series of events which included a "Pirate Theme" dinner and a 8 hr. long #MeetandGreetBelow are some highlights of my participation in the recent event in Orlando! Here I am with the Founder of "Give Kids The World," Mr. Michael Nuñez

Over 100 of us were at the "Pirate Theme" dinner! 

I brought my daughter as I'm trying to teach her to be a caring and involved  person
Here I am with several of my CBS SURVIVOR fellow "Castaways" from various seasons- Sandra Diaz-Twine,  Boston Rob, Courtney Yates and Todd Herzog and bottom left, speaking of family-a mother/son AMAZING RACE Team-Shari & Cole LBrant



MORE imporantly, the reason we were there...the sweet kids of "GIVE KIDS THE WORLD!"




and the next day at the "Meet & Greet," you can see the wonderful large crowd that came out!  Took about 8 hrs to meet everyone😍😍


I'm grateful to have fans of ALL ages! Yay!

& here's my most Huggable fan, Jason Rasmussen!
With one of my sweetes fans, Julie Bentz
                                               

The last night we said "hasta pronto!"  going back to the 80's... in case it wasn't obvious-LOL



 I'm happy to share that with our participation in the above weekend of events,  my fellow Reality Show friends and I helped raise OVER $135K for GIVE KIDS THE WORLD🙏








Monday, June 6, 2016

Runway Modeling, Beauty Pageant and Acting Coach!

One of the many things I enjoy about "Beauty Pageant" Coaching (and I purposely put it in quotes because nowadays, Beauty Pageants  encompass so much...not just winning a "Beauty Queen" crown). I absolutely love that it takes me ALL over the US.  On a few occasions this past year, I went to Houston, TX to teach Runway Modeling, Interview Skills, Audition tips and Acting to a wonderful group of women of all ages from Gabbana Models.
Special thanks to Sandra, owner of Gabbana Models! 

Even in big groups, I pride myself on giving each girl tips according to their specific needs. Above, teaching proper foot placement .

Rehearsing lines during the Acting lesson.


Individual attention ...teaching proper upper body placement.

Myself, left, w/Sandra, owner of Gabbana Models.


till next session..always end w/a group hug xoxoxoxo!
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Monday, August 17, 2015

"National Celebrity Spokesperson:" INSPIRE A CHILD Organization video to promote raising funds for Charity

 Several years ago, I had the #outoftheordinary experience of becoming a #castaway on the @CBS #RealityShow #SurvivorFiji. I often tell people who ask me "how was it?" that I sound Bi-Polar when describing my experience on there because it was as horrible as it was exhilarating. Most of all, it has been rewarding. I call it "the gift that keeps on giving" to myself & my family through wonderful opportunities for my career on television & acting ( a career I had started many years before being on Survivor (being a Miss Venezuela contestant in 1989 opened that door, which I put on hold for 10 yrs. thru my married life in Mexico City, but that's a WHOLE other story..LOL)   The experience on Survivor Fiji gave me many things, among them, I found that I could use the very powerful public image that comes w/being on an internationally renowned show like Survivor, to do positive things.  Thus, in 2007 was awakened a natural essence, energy, drive to help others.  I turned the public's desire to meet me into donating my services as #Emcee for many charities, locally & nationally: http://ritaverreos.blogspot.com/search?q=Charity or I would offer to do #redcarpet coverage or #interviews on the webshow that I #produce and #host http://www.latinconnectionmag.com/#!lctv/c1w7z.  Recently, I was given the Blessing of being named "National Celebrity Spokesperson" for a wonderful organization that helps keep #innercitychildren off the streets and in #afterschoolprograms.    I Produced the following brief video to help them continue to raise funds so that they can implement/provide after school programs.  I know these programs work. The Founder of this organization is a Product of one such program that saved his life. In my native #Venezuela, a similar program ended up creating a world renowned orchestra from children living in the #favelas..the conductor of that children's orchestra is now the @LASymphony conductor, @GustavoDudamel.  Thank you for taking the time to have a look!  #ritaverreos

Monday, August 10, 2015

Rita Verreos, Bi-Lingual VO's


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LA PRENSA AWARD GALA Announcer: video videoDIUREX CONDOMS Jingle videoVITAL ALLIANCE TV Spot: English videoVITAL ALLIANCE TV Spot: Spanish


Thursday, August 6, 2015

Meagan Tandy, the epitome of my "High Self Esteem" Beauty Pageant Coaching philosophy!


Meagan and I
I'm so freakin' proud of one of my 1st "students," of my #BeautyPageantCoaching classes, Ms. Meagan Tandy.  I remember her not just taking my @MissCaliforniaUSA Beauty Pageant Coaching classes in 2005 & 2006 when she went on to win the Miss California USA title. She then went on to place in the Top 5 at the Miss USA pageant.  I remember teaching her my famous @MissVenezuelaOrganization walk. Let's just say she took it and went running...straight to SUCCESS..atta girl!

and telling ALL my girls what I call the #halleberry story.  "How many of you remember the name of the girl who beat Halle in the Miss USA 1986?"  NO ONE  and yes, I did just write that someone actually BEAT Halle!! but you wouldn't know it from what Ms. Halle did since becoming 1st Runner Up, okaay??  THAT's what I'm twalkin' bout.. a WINNERS attitude.  I teach all my girls the following, Halle felt like a winner no matter what place she was "officially" given.  The mere fact of being 1 of the Miss USA contestants ALREADY made her a winner. None of this "2nd place" loser attitude that I can't stand hearing.  She went on w/a "watch out world" attitude and mindframe and the world is still watching her:)  
I recently moved to Miami, to continue pursuin my TV Host/Correspondent career-practicing another motto that I preach: PERSISTENCE BEATS RESISTANCE..but that's another story! Anyhoo, while packing, I found a letter Meagan had written me shortly after the Miss USA pageant where she placed in the Top 5.  She wrote "Ms. Rita, I'll never forget your words just minutes before the Miss USA pageant which reminded me that I was already a winner and you know what, Ms. Rita, I'm gonna do what you told me to do, take this experience, make others see the high value of just having been a Miss USA contestant and use it to keep going after my career goals and dreams...just like you've done w/your Miss Venezuela experience"  I'm BEYOND proud to share below a list of @MeaganTandy accomplishments since becoming Miss California:

Meagan  has filmed several national commercials: Wendy's, Boost Mobile, a movie promotional from the film Shrek The Third, appeared on the hit show Whose Got Jokes alongside Bill Bellamy and filmed a national Super Bowl commercial for Pepsi Max.  In 2010, she played  one of Denzel Washington's daughters in the international feature film hit movie, Unstoppable. She also played Mia on Comedy Central alongside Bobby Lee. On the ABC Familyshow Jane By Design, she played Lulu Pope. In June 2013 she made her debut onto the MTV series "Teen Wolf" where she currently plays the role of Braeden. In 2014, she appeared as Nurse Jackson's niece, Sabrina, on TV show Red Band Society. Currently she's on the +Lifetime  Hit show @unreallifetime


To all of you out there pursuing a dream/goal...Have Faith in God's plan for you and remember my motto-PERSISTANCE BEATS RESISTANCE!  Look at Meagan go..."Unstoppable"  indeed!