Pageants might’ve been a relatively new thing for Miss Wisconsin, Rosalie Smith – But impacting people, certainly was not new at all.
After Rosalie’s brother passed away from a drug and alcohol addiction, she started a fund called, COLIN (Centered On Loving In Need). In all the articles we found, Rosalie spoke very fondly of her older brother – but this article from the SWNews4U sums it up best…
“He was so smart and so talented,” she said. “He could play any instrument he put his mind to,” and spoke four languages.
Colin’s friends liked to party, and so did Colin, who despite a 4.0 grade point average “still wasn’t making the best life decisions,” she said. Occasional drinking became daily drinking, and then “he was operating at a blood alcohol level that would kill me.”
Colin collapsed with no heartbeat at a movie theater. He was revived and spent five days in detox. He recovered, went to college in Boston, and had a lucrative job lined up after graduation. But when he returned to Wisconsin, Colin’s friends returned to him. He went out with them, and was found alone, dead.
“If you have an addiction, you have an addiction for life,” she said. “One night didn’t kill him, but the weekend sure did — a weekend-long binge.
COLIN raises funds for those who can’t afford treatment… And according to the Miss Wisconsin website, “Rosalie wants to mend the gap between society and the real life struggles addicts face, proving that they are worth more than their addiction and they need our help. With the money she raises, she will support those who cannot afford rehabilitation on their own.”
Congrats to Rosalie for not only representing the state of Wisconsin so well, but also for choosing to make a difference in the lives of others through pageantry. Who knows how many people will get the chance to turn their lives around, thanks to the money raised through COLIN.
And now – who do Junkies think has the best chance at being named Miss Wisconsin 2016?
GOOD LUCK LADIES!!! Junkies Love Wisconsin!!!