Appleton - Happy Pancake President and pageant hopeful Nora Popp on Sunday raised all training funds needed for the Miss Wisconsin pageant. Pictures taken by renowned photographer Nicole Oldenburg at StudioKids Photography will be featured in local publications beginning next week. Programs will also feature the pictures and business sponsors.
"I can hardly believe we are $200 away from our goal," says Tony Popp, star fund manager. "She has made great strides in her promotions [thanks to taxi service and team marketing strategy expertise.]
To date, businesses Alpha Prime, a local paper converter owned by Richard Bartosic, StudioKids Photography in Menasha, and Schmidtke Orthodontics in Appleton are confirmed Popp sponsors for the competition.
Next week dream team chefs will debut ooey gooey pancakes at the Appleton Nationals 10U tournament in Green Bay. Topped with syrups and whipped cream, the breakfast treat will be available for morning fans. All proceeds will go towards August pageant competition entry fees.
"This is making my dreams come true," says Popp about the generosity of her backers.
Appleton - Happy Pancakes President Nora Popp and her team on Friday collected seed money and gained pageant sponsorship from area business, Schmidtke Orthodontics (http://www.teethbyschmidtke.com).
"We are happy to support her," says Katie Schmidtke, representative of the orthodontist.
Popp and her fund manager are working towards raising $240 this holiday weekend to pay for June training in Appleton. This is half of the entry fee needed by August for the pageant at Chula Vista Resort in the Wisconsin Dells.
All money raised will help the Happy Pancake president get closer to being the next Miss Wisconsin.
"I am thrilled," she squealed.
Chef Bennett has crafted the ingredients of the pancake to be served in snow cone cups with syrups and fruit toppings. Sous Chef Caden will build the prototype to test on neighbors this week.
"These pancakes will be out of this world," says Chef Bennett. "We are considering chocolate [as a topping] but we could test barbecue flavor, and ketchup and mustard."
The first Ooey Gooey pancake sale is scheduled for next weekend baseball tournament play. Each pancake will retail for $1.50.
The National American Miss pageants are dedicated to celebrating America?s greatness and encouraging its future leaders, according to the organization's mission statement. Each year, the pageant awards $1 million in cash, scholarships and prizes to recognize and assist the development of young women nationwide.
Winning the Miss Wisconsin title in August will get Popp one step closer to the national title in Los Angeles. In addition to the coveted crown, she will win $1,000 and tickets to fly to the competition as well as VIP access to Disneyland.
Appleton - Happy Pancakes on Wednesday added star fund manager, Tony Popp, to the pageant dream team.
"I'm honored to be selected to represent this rising star," says Tony Popp, about the appointment. "She's destined for sweet victory!"
Popp's appointment follows close on the heals of the addition of digital brand marketer, Jamie Popp, and head ooey, gooey pancake makers, Chef Bennett and Sous Chef Caden.
"He's tres talented," says Nora Popp, pageant hopeful and Happy Pancake president.
Happy Pancake is the first of Popp's many junior business ventures with the goal to raise money for the Miss Wisconsin pageant in August. She's also a children's novelist with a new blog under construction at http://booksbynoahb.blogspot.com/.