Representing More Than One Charity

We all multitasking in some way, whether it’s making coffee and toast at the same time, or driving our car and singing along to the radio.  It’s human nature.  So, when taking on additional responsibilities of being Mrs. International and having the opportunity to work with the American Heart Association, I welcomed it all with open arms. 

I get asked many times, “How can you be representing The NASCAR Foundation and also the American Heart Association?”  It’s all in organization.  The majority of my appearances and volunteer time is dedicated to The NASCAR Foundation, but being Mrs. International offered the opportunity to also learn about the education and resources available from the American Heart Association and in turn be a voice to share that knowledge.  Being Mrs. International is not unlike my day job where I am always held to high standards, knowing I represent a brand and my actions can impact others perceptions.  So, I am always prepared to step up and speak on behalf of the American Heart Association whether it is talking with sponsors via conference calls, coordinating events or making personal appearances.

Patty volunteering with the Bridge of Books Foundation

Please vote for Patty Aber every 24 hours

With the thousands of volunteers I’ve had the pleasure of working with over the years, none of them are dedicated to just one charity.  Take for example the finalists for the Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award.  Patty Aber, a volunteer for the Bridge of Books Foundation, is also a volunteer for the Kasey Kahne Foundation.  She has coordinated teams of volunteers from her neighborhood to come to Dover Speedway, Pocono Raceway, Bristol Motor Speedway, and even the Five Kahne Relay Race in Charlotte.  You can learn more about Patty at NASCAR.COM/award.

The family environment of the International Pageant Group provides numerous resources to give and grow.  Becoming more involved with the American Heart Association has been a wonderful opportunity.  If you currently have a cause you support, I thank you for the countless hours you have dedicated and continue to give.  If you are interested in learning more about the American Heart Association and the Go Red for Women Campaign, I welcome you to visit

Janet Bolin


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