KROQ crowns pageant winner in Fullerton
A little rain didn't stop hordes of fans of KROQ's Kevin & Bean morning show from turning out at the Slidebar Rock-N-Roll Kitchen in Fullerton at 5 a.m. on Friday for the Miss Double D-cember 2013 pageant.
The annual event features 10 finalists competing in three rounds – swimwear, talent/evening wear and interview portions – in front of an audience during the live broadcast. This year the crown went to Lux, a model from Moreno Valley, who was a Top 3 finalist in last year's competition.
"I had gotten so much support, lots of emails and comments on my Facebook page from fans, and they wanted to see me try again," she said backstage moments after winning. "I had to do it. I had a blast last time, and no matter what would have happened today I still would have been happy."
As the new Miss Double D-cember, Lux will receive tickets to all KROQ shows, including Almost Acoustic Christmas at Gibson Amphitheatre next weekend, Weenie Roast at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in May, the station's April Foolishness comedy show, as well as Kevin & Bean's "Breakfast with ..." concert series and more. She also scored some pretty cool swag and a professional photo shoot.
"I'm excited about going to the concerts and meeting new people, that's what I love to do," Lux says. "I've loved doing this event. It's fun, it's tasteful. Not everyone is going to like it, but if you don't then change the channel, because we're having a good time."
The Miss Double D-cember pageant also serves as one of the largest U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots drives in Orange County, as admission is one new unwrapped toy. Toys for Tots' coordinator for this event, Gunnery Sgt. Willie A. McClendon, says about 1,200 items were collected Friday, which puts a dent in this year's goal of gathering 180,000 toys for the county.
"This event is important because KROQ gives us the opportunity to get on the air and talk about Toys for Tots," he says. "So far we have 72,000 toys and we just want to get as many as we can for the kids."
The organization also will be at Knott's Berry Farm collecting toys Saturday through Dec. 16. "Come see us," McClendon says, "buy a $25 toy from Knott's and donate it to Toys for Tots, and you get into the park for free."
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