“I am a Brooklyn girl, born and raised in good old Bensonhurst,” Moore said in a phone interview from her Wagner College dorm, where she's studying Arts Administration, with a minor in Dance.
Though she's living on Staten Island, Moore spends much of her time in Brooklyn fulfilling her pageant responsibilities, which include raising awareness about cancer and funds for various charities.
“My goal is to reach out to as many communities as possible, and to raise as much money for charity as possible” in the coming year, she said.
A competitive dancer since age four, Moore tried out for Miss Brooklyn in 2009. She came in fourth, but returned last fall and wowed the judges with her words, dance skills and, of course, her good looks.
Moore was modest about the win, saying “it was more of a fluke than anything.”
Regardless, she's made the most of her ambassador status.
She has taught dance workshops at countless Brooklyn schools this winter, where she instills children with a love of dance, and awards them tickets to her upcoming spring benefit.
Scheduled for May 7 at Xaverian High School in Bay Ridge, all proceeds from the performance will go to the Sarcoma Alliance, a national advocacy organization for victims of the rare cancer.
Moore’s connection to the disease is personal: in 2007, her aunt Josephine Schiavo was diagnosed
with Stage Four sarcoma. Schiavo survived, and the experience left its mark on Moore.
“As far as I’m concerned she is literally a walking miracle,” Moore said. “And I wanted to do whatever I could to support her, and support her story.”
On February 12 a Valentine’s Day dinner-dance benefit in Schivao’s honor will do just that.
The event sold out well in advance but the coming months should see no shortage of Miss Brooklyn sightings, as Moore continues her work and prepares for the Miss New York competition in June. (Nathan Tempey)