Miss America Contestants Arrive in Las Vegas

As Miss Nevada Alana Lee welcomes the Miss America contestants to her home town Sandy Kastel Miss Nevada 1976 brings Best Wishes to Alana Lee from Women in Music and Arts

Alana Lee and Sandy Kastel have a few things in common. They are both singers and both were

crowned Miss Nevada.While Sandy had to fly 3000 miles  to walk on the Miss America Stage in Atlantic City,

Alana Lee will be walking the stage in the main showroom at The Planet Hollywood right here

in our home town of Las Vegas.

Sandy listened for her name to be called by Burt Parks, who was still singing "Here She Comes..." The host for this year's pageant is much younger. He's the Bachelor's Chris Harrison.

The two women have something else in common. They both belong to Women and Music and Arts and believe in "Empowering Artists of All Ages through Education and Mentorship."

Alana has a busy week ahead of her as she will be in rehearsals, interviews, a fashion show, special appearances,  and finally on Saturday she will stand there waiting to hear her name called while thousands watch in the showroom and millions watch from their homes on ABC.

As Alana competes for the title of Miss America we will be cheering her name, not just becaue she is a beautiful, intelligent and talented. Because she also believes in making a difference in the world by becoming involved in her community. She stands for something. She is passionate. She speaks out and she her message out with grace, poise and elegance. She is truly one special woman. You are one of us - Women in Music and Arts!

As Pageant week begins one of our WIMA members Alana Lee welcomes her MIss America Sisters to the place she calls home - Las Vegas at the Planet Hollywood Hotel and Casino.

She is interviewed immediately following the barrage of photographers as family members, chaperones and friends flash their cameras, iphones and ipads jockeying to get the best view.

This Saturday the contestants will be appearing at the Fashion Mall in a Fashion Show. Everyone will be there to see what this year's contestants have to offer that is different from years past.

History has given us memorable beauty pageant moments and every year the focus is different. What are the changes? The audience gets to vote for their favorites and there will be 15 finalists take the runway to compete at the end of the week as cable tv broadcasts the event live from Las Vegas.

Our best wishes are with you, Alana. Have a great week. Savor every moment and enjoy the new friends you'll make this week. We are rooting for you and cheering your name!





Become A WIMA Member

WELCOME to WIMA! We are looking forward to a spectacular year for WIMA in 2014...

As founder of Women in Music and Arts (WIMA) a 501(c)3 organization,
it gives me great pleasure to announce that
through the efforts of our members in 2013,
our WIMA Mixers, Empowering Women Workshops,
WIMA Fundraisers
"Opera & Art"
"Masquerade Ball" and the "Sandy Kastel Holiday Special"
at Canyon Gate Country Club, the Women in Music and Arts Foundation (WIMA)
donated a scholarship of
$1500.00 to the Nevada Ballet!

As we move forward into the New Year in 2014 we begin a new tradition with
Monthly Luncheons for $25 (includes lunch) featuring jewelry and fashion shows,
guest speakers, local and international
celebrities, entertainers, actors, comedians,
authors, magicians, painters, sculptors, interior designers, film producers, screenwriters,
beauty experts, clothing designers and more...

It's important for WIMA members to remember...
Without your continued support it would be impossible for us to reach our goals.
We rely on your attendance to our monthly luncheons and special fundraising events
we plan throughout the year. In 2014 you are in for a surprise each month
with something new at every event.

Our goal this year is to raise a minimum of $25,000.00 or more to give WIMA scholarships
to students in the performing, visual and literary arts in 2014! The only way we can do this is
with your help!

Our yearly memberships fees are as follows:
Associate (non-professional) $35.00
Professional $50.00
Foundation Level $100.00

I thank you personally for your continued support of Women in Music and Arts (WIMA)
in our efforts to support the arts in our community.

With kindest regards,
Sandy Kastel, Founder & President of WIMA Women in Music and Arts



WIMA Membership & Sponsorship

WIMA Holiday Mixer

WIMA Mixer Madness!

Food, Drinks, Music and 15 Women in Music and Arts! What an amazing mix! It was an amazing site. We started off in the dining room next to the bar. The guitarist was playing, the overhead music was coming through the speakers and we were trying to carry on conversations!