Chic Fil A (Fun)draiser

Just last Saturday April 1st, I Whitney Ford of Huntsville Alabama was crowned Ms. Wheelchair Alabama – America 2017 and it’s still feels mostly surreal.  So thankful for my  Brother “in Law” Christian being willing to drive me my sisters, and y mom down to Oxford, Alabama for the pageant as well as my aunt Tanna King who came out to support me in the pageant. I prayed, fasted, and worked on as to what my platform would be and by the grace of God I was crowned.  Despite of any doubts I had God kept this scripture in my heart.

Whoever watches the wind will not plant;
    whoever looks at the clouds will not reap. Ecclesiastes 11:4 

If we are too focused on circumstances, they will handicap us ( pun intended) from actually putting forth effort to reach our goals. what we call a “handicap” is not a handicap. To stand still and let our circumstances rule us is a handicap. We must prioritize ourselves over disability and circumstance. 


Before the state pageant I was trying to get fundraising and I reached out to several fast food restaurants and got the run around from many of them. Luckily when I decided to reach out to Chic Fil A on University Drive here in Huntsville, Alabama the lovely Ms. Jessie Harris was very warm and helped me schedule a Spirit Night at their store for today April 6th. From 4-7 pm today people came out to support and 10% off the proceeds were donated. I am very appreciative of Ms. Harris and the team for helping me to make this night a success. I am also very appreciative of all those who came out and supported.


My good friend who is much like a brother to me Perris Graves was very supportive and actually made it to the fundraiser before I did . Now, that is what you call support! 


My older cousin Charles Ford (C.J) and his oldest son Chase came out and we had great conversation concerning my platform. 


There were many others whom I did not manage to snap pictures with who were a great help to today’s fundraiser like my coordinator Joanne Pearson who came by just before a meeting to support me, Cassidy Geborkoff, My aunts Letosha and Jennifer and the adolescent youth leader at my church, Shalonda and my parents.  Aside from those whom I invited there were many kind individuals I met including the sweetest little young man whom I sadly didn’t get a picture of who told me ” you look like a Queen. ” His mommy and daddy were kind enough to make a donation today. I also met the family of a young lady whom I will have the chance to network with in the future. Today was the first of many new experiences for me. I cannot wait to do more fundraising toward Nationals in August and speaking for the cause of Ability Equality in Alabama.  I’m well pleased with the experience I had today and excited for what is to come. I know that this the tip of the Ice berg.


Whitney Ford

Ms. Wheelchair Alabama – America 2017







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