Saturday, March 15, 2014

Emcee for "American Idol" style Mariachi Competition featuring Grammy Winner, Vikki Carr





San Antonio's Main Plaza Conservancy Hosted this wonderful music event. Mariachi groups from throughout the City competed to win coveted spots in the renknown "Mariachi Corazon" group. It was an event that tested my longevity...or would that be on stage stamina? ha, ha, ha...because the event lasted from noon

to 11pm!  Thank you to  Jane Pauley Flores for having me as Emcee and also, allowing me to get an exclusive interview of the living legend, Ms. Vikki Carr for the webshow I Host, Latin Connection TV:
President of the Main Plaza Conservancy, Mr. William Scanlan Jr.
 (#carlmergenthaler,#latinconnectiontv#vikkicarr,#mariachicorazon,#mainplazaconservancy)

My fiancé, videographer and editor of Latin Connetion TV, Carl Mergenthaler.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Beauty Pageant Queens with a Purpose: Emcee for Children's Miracle Network fundraiser, 2013



I'm wearing a NIKOLAKI gown designed by my brother Nick Verreos (#ritaverreos,#emcee,#nickverreos,#echoemalone)
Last year, a beautiful young girl I met while on a work trip to Los Angeles, Echoe Malone, asked me to help her raise funds for The Children's Miracle Network. When I went through my experience on SURVIVOR, I felt it was an answer to a prayer.  At 1st, I was so grateful to God for helping me get through being on that island without breaking down, neither physically, mentally or emotionally.   I knew that I had accepted that challenge for several reasons, one was to give my children a visual of their having a strong mommie that was going to get us back on our feet after a divorce that left me in San Antonio, a city where I knew no one and had to start a career to provide for my children on my own from zero. From the 1st day on that island, I decided to stay strong morally and not "sell out." To stay true to my values of being kind and respectful and see how far I could get in that game playing it with integrity. To most, it may seem as if I didn't win, but quite the contrary, it has helped me to open doors that would have been so much harder to do without this "calling card."  I had already been on a local morning show for 3 years as a Spokesperson for the biggest supermarket chain in Texas, HEB PLUS!  
Shortly after my return, I auditioned for and got the job of becoming the Host of a Real Estate program.  
Since then, fortunately my career as TV host/Spokesperson has slowly but steadily continued growing. I'm still working towards the opportunity of ultimately becoming the Host/Co Host of a TV show like "Good Morning America," or "The View!"  You gotta dream big:)
Another even more wonderful thing that happened was one of my 1st fans, a woman in Michigan, asked me if I would go to an event-alongside fellow SURVIVORS to do an event that would raise funds for abused children who where getting well in a place called "House of Hope."  She paid me a wonderful compliment by telling me that she reached out to me because she loved how I played the game of SURVIVOR being kind.
Bruce Kanegai: Survivor Panamá, Billy Garcia, Cristina Coria, Misty Holmes: Survivor Cooks Island, Jed Hildebrand: Survivor Thailand, Lisa Kieffer, John Pollack: Survivor Vanuatu.
From that moment on, I have been so grateful and humbled by the continous flow of invitations to help charities raise funds/awareness for their causes nationwide and in my community.  I chose to use the public image/name that being on SURVIVOR gave me to give and help others. This event is one more such answer to God's call to help others. When this young lady reached out to me, I dug into my frequent flyer miles to fly to Los Angeles and help her.  She wanted me to Emcee:)  Here are some images from that event where I'm so lucky to have been accompanied by my then boyfriend who...the very next day...gave me the SURPRISE of my life when he asked me to marry him and just like that event from "boyfriend" to fiancé!!! 

With my Co-Emcee, Chris Bryant

With Comedian, Stevie Mack




Saturday, February 8, 2014

Raising funds for DRESS FOR SUCCESS 1st Annual Powerwalk Spokesperson and Emcee

Recently, while at lunch with my mother, I made friends with our waitress. My kids and fiancé will tell you this is nothing new. I can't help it...I'm a people person:) Something about her stood out to me. She had a light about her, a constant smile on her face. As we were getting ready to leave, I complimented her. A few sentences later, she said I looked familiar. She was very sweet when she suddenly placed me from some of the work I've done on television in San Antonio. We quickly realized we were both single working mommies. She shared with me her early days of struggling and how an organization in San Diego helped her get on her feet. She then shared with me that she was very eager to get involved in the community.
 I immediately remembered my involvement a couple of years ago with an organization called DRESS FOR SUCCESS that helps women in need. With so much going on, I could have sworn I had already written a post about this, but when I searched for it on here, I found it had fallen through the cracks. So, here it is. As my son always tells me "Mother, it's better late than never!"  OF course, that's his response to when I realize he's yet to do something I've asked of him..LOL.

A couple of years ago, they asked me to be their Local "Celebrity" Spokesperson for their 1st Annual POWERWALK.

 The event brought out lots of people for a walk/run around the Wonderland of the America's Mall. These folks brought it because when I came down from my unplanned Salsa Dance with the band that was the entertainment for the event, my friend Ray Colao's band: 

With "Dress for Success" Director, Pamela Taylor and the Mayor of Balcones Heights-where the event was taking place, Suzanne De Leon



A few months before the event, the "Dress for Success" Organization held a Gala to Honor & Highlight some of their Success stories.  Here I am with a fellow television colleague, Ursula Pari, Anchor of the Ksat Evening News..the # 1 Evening News Telecast in San Antonio!
I'm wearing  a NIKOLAKI gown designed by my brother, Nick Verreos. Project Runway, Season 2 Top 5 and current Mentor on Lifetime TV's UNDER THE GUNN.

My participation on SURVIVOR Fiji was a Blessing. I'm so grateful that I realized what a Blessing it was so very early on (maybe not while I was out here on that island starving! LOL) All this I write to tanks SURVIVOR for giving me one of the MOST priceless gifts that I have ever been given (more valuable than the million dollars I could have won on there). A way/a tool to help others. I'm so happy that this young lady is now going to reach out to the DRESS FOR SUCCESS organization to do what she can to help them. If any of you who read this are also interested in this cause, please, don't hesitate to reach out to them.http://www.dressforsuccess.org/affiliate.aspx?sisid=61&pageid=1

THANK you, once again, to Charles Villafranca and Pamela Taylor for having made me their local "celebrity" Spokesperson for the event held a couple of years ago-advertised on this flyer.(#ritaverreos,#dressforsuccess,#spokesperson,#philanthropist,#ksat,#ursulapari,#nikolaki,#nickverreos,#redcarpetgowns)

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

"Bustin' a move" with my friends with Special Needs at the Morgan's Wonderland Christmas Dance Party


One of the highlights of my year is the Christmas party at Morgan's Wonderland.  For the past several years, I've been so Blessed to attend this fun event thanks to a friendship I've made these past several years.  One, in particular, an exceptional girl & athlete, Melissa Cheatwood (below) Melissa's quite a basketball player who belongs to the SA Association for Disabled Athletes.  Her and her mother, Julie, are so very sweet to invite me year after year to the Morgan's Wonderland Christmas party. This year, I invited a friend whose daughter with Special Needs, unfortunately, passed away last year, #Yolanda Ayala.
  You can see for yourselves how much fun we had with my beautiful and sweet friend Melissa.  We also made many new friends like adorable Shealynn Hoelscher who, like me, LOVES to dance!


with my sweet and pretty Melissa and Yolanda

Making new friends, the dapper Gabriel Felan and his beautiful mother



 Here I am with my friend and owner of "Morgan's Wonderland" and his pretty daughter, Morgan. I just love seeing Morgan because she always greets me with that sincere smile that radiates so much love and infects everyone around her with the love of life that she has.

I mentioned I enjoy dancing...well, I lied...I REALLY enjoy dancing. Here I am dancing with some of my new friends. A very sweet couple who shared with me that they're recently engaged! Reminded me so much of the feature film that my fiancé and I are Co-Producing and Acting in: "Jimmy and Mia" that is about an adult couple with special needs that falls in love.  Please, click here to take a look and, please, "like" our fb page! :www.facebook.com/jimmyandmia
Check out this guy and me giving Michael Jackson a run for his money!! Well, he's definitely giving Michael Jackson some competition..don't know so much about me...I think I need to stick to my ballet and Salsa dancing! LOLYolanda and I had a really nice time dancing with this sweet young lady. She was having such a wonderful time dancing by herself...it was contagious to watch her so we decided to join her! (#morganswonderland,#gordonhartman,#specialneeds,#ritaverreos,#survivorfiji,#tvpersonality,#coproducer,#jimmyandmiafilm,#carlmergenthaler,#actor)

THANK you, Gordon Hartman for, once again, another successful and super fun Christmas party. Mot of all, thank you for everything you do to further the inclusion of wonderful people who have so much happiness and love to give to the world.....I think the photos and videos above are, as they say, worth a thousand words! 
Please, click here to see images from my past Morgan's Wonderland events:  http://ritaverreos.blogspot.com/search?q=SA+Disabled+AthletesI just couldn't get enough of this talented "Michael Jackson" dancer... I hope you enjoy watching him as much I enjoyed dancing alongside him! 
My fiancé and I are Acting in and Co-Producing a wonderful movie that he wrote that tells the love story of 2 Adults with Special Needs.  It's called "Jimmy and Mia." Please, click here to take a look at the trailer for the film which is currently in Pre-production. We're in the process of procuring investors and some wonderful "name" actors for our film. If you're interested in helping us procure funds for "Jimmy and Mia," or know someone who might be interested in investing in a project like this one, please, send us a message on our Facebook "Jimmy and Mia" page: www.facebook.com/jimmyandmia

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Emcee at Severe Burn Victims "Shriner's Hospital Gala"

On the heels of Veterans Day! I write this post about an opportunity that came to me through my work for the US Army that I've been so Blessed to do. My way of saying THANK YOU to our troops for their service to our Nation. Please, click here to see the many wonderful ways I've been given to help the US Army...including jumping out of a perfectly good airplane! http://ritaverreos.blogspot.com/search?q=US+Army
Thanks to my work helping the US Army,  I was fortunate to meet the kind Mr. Marty Bartlett.  He recently approached me to Emcee The Shriner's Hospital Gala.  Proceeds will benefit the Shriner's Hospital which services, primarily child severe burn victims, but now, will also be joining forces to help our wounded warriors at BMAC.
I met a very special little girl who was the victim of severe burns when her family's home burned down.  Here I am with this beautiful, very smart and thanks to the Shriner's Hospital excellent care, very healthy and active,  Kathryn.
The Auctioneer, Louis Mourad, who came from Dallas did an AMAZING job with the incredible auction items, including a full-length fur coat.  I was doing double duty as I modeled the coat-didn't have to twist my arm to get me to do that!  ha, ha, ha...
  I felt I was doing very well Emceeing and didn't feel I had competition, until I felt something knocking on the podium: 




  Well looky here.... howdy there cowboy! ha,ha, ha...


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A night filled with delicious food, and great music provided by The Country Man Band...this couple dancing above is proof of the great music!  Below, the other music I enjoyed very much, provided by the Alzafar Shriner Band who performed beautiful bagpipe music in authentic garb.  I'm THRILLED to know that the night was a HUGE success, raising the amount they were hoping to raise this year including a dinner with me that I offered as an Auction Item. I'm so very grateful to the SURVIVOR fans that happened to be in the audience who purchased the dinner with me! Feeling Blessed to have been give this wonderful way to help the Shriner's Hospital!  If you'd like to also help, please, click here for more information: www.alzafar.org
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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Emcee for "DAISY CARES" Animal Friends Foundation 5K Marathon, 2013



This past weekDAISY CARES Foundation (http://daisycares.com).  Huge THANK YOU to my friend, #Tracy Jaso for recommending me to Emcee this.  It was all about risin' & shinin' on this beautiful Saturday morning & heading out to the starting line.  Are you Ready?  then Get Set? and Gooooo check out these fun images!
I Emceed, without a doubt, the CUTEST event I've EVER Emceed:  The #Daisy Cares 5K Marathon Run/Walk. Held at Alamo Heights Swimming Pool this past weekend.

Dayna Robokoswki, the Organizer of this WONDERFUL event w/a photo of  Daisy-the inspiration behind this organization

The event came with a Costume Contest..this is the part that made this the CUTEST event I've EVERRR.  Roxane Deluna's doggie had one of my favorite costumes...

Ms. "60's"  Peace Child! LOVE the long auburn hair wig!



Anyone who knows me well, knows that I'm, first and foremost about Family.  Coming in at a close second, no pun intended:) is COMEDY so, here I am "on my marks, getting ready (in heels:) and, here's where my "Miss Venezuela" training comes handy-posin' like I'm about to "Goooo!"  ha, ha, ha...

Or...was I really posing?  I guess y'all will have to attend next year to find out:)

and here we have one of our runners cooling off after her run:)

Here's my pick for the "human" winners of the 60's inspired theme Costumer Contest

"Super Doggie"-one of my Top 3 picks..what do you think?

And the Winner Is.....also my pick, Yay!  The Jockeys:)  I knew I was good at Judging Beauty Pageants, but who knew I had an eye for Judging Doggie Best Costume Contests?  

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Dancing with my friends from SA Disabled Athletes Association at Morgan's Wonderland

This past Valentines Day, my Valentine was out of town. God is so good to me that I ended up with not one, but many Valentienes as I decided to join my sweet friend, Melissa Cheatwood and her sweetheart  as well as some of my other friends from MOSAIC (http://www.mosaicinfo.org/south_central_texas/) at the "Valentine's Day" Dance hosted by my dear friend, Mr. Gordon Hartman, at the "Morgan's Wonderland" Auditorium.  MOSAIC, btw, is endorsing the film that my fiance and I are acting in and Producing, "Jimmy and Mia,"  A love story of two adults with special needs.
www.jimmyandmia.com
I leave you with some images which reflect how much fun we all had.  Special thanks to Michael, Melissa's boyfriend, for allowing me to dance with her.
Michael and Melissa

Me and my friend from MOSAIC of Southwest Texas

Giving and gettin' some "sugar" from sweet Melissa!

Our "Prom" Valetine's Day photo-they're so sweet they wanted me to be a part of it! Just as I told you above,  God ended up Blessing me w/wonderful Valentine's after all:)

Me and my friend, Jimmy.


Time to "get up" and "get down" on the dance floor!  You don't have to tell me twice to go dancing!

With Morgan and her father, my dear friend,  Gordon Hartman. Founder and owner of the only Amusement Park in the world that accommodates EVERYONE, included people with special needs. Click here for more information about MORGANS WONDERLAND Amusement park:http://www.morganswonderland.com.

Here's a recent interview that I did with Gordon Hartman for my TV show LATIN CONNECTION TV. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qLG42DF9jGA