Carly Meek, an Ormond Beach resident, won the title of Mrs. Florida United States in April after winning Mrs. Maryland last year.
Mrs. Meek will be representing the State of Florida at the Mrs. United States pageant in Las Vegas in August. Her state costume will be NASCAR related.
A practicing attorney, she is married to her best friend and colleague, Clay Meek.
She considers both Maryland and Florida home states. She has modeled in New York and has been featured in magazines throughout the country. During her first reign, she threw the ceremonial first pitch at a Baltimore Orioles baseball game in honor of her grandfather. She will be back in New York as Mrs. Florida participating in fashion shows.
As Mrs. Florida, she chose the health and well-being of mothers and babies as her statewide platform. Her champion cause is Healthy Start, a state initiative dedicated to optimizing healthy outcomes for moms and babies.
Mrs. Meek, a Daytona State College graduate prior to law school, has served with the local Healthy Start Coalition since 2011 in various leadership roles from vice president to currently past president. She received the Mayors Award in 2015 for her community service.
Mrs. Meek believes the future depends on the health of moms and babies.
She will be making several appearances throughout the year advocating for women, babies and families. She wants to highlight local efforts and promote public awareness, including legislation that ensures pregnant homeless women have shelter during their final term of pregnancy so babies are born in a safe place. She hopes the idea can go national. Currently Massachusetts is the only state with such a law.
Working with Health Start was a great opportunity for community involvement, Mrs. Meek said. “I love what Healthy Start is doing, helping mothers.”
Community Service is something for everyone, she said. “It doesn’t necessarily have to be mine, but I really think that people should be involved.”
She had high praise for Healthy Start Executive Director Dixie Morgese and well-known local physician Dr. Pam Carbiener.
Ms. Morgese, also a DSC alumnus, said, “Many people do not know that Healthy Start was initiated through legislation over 25 years ago to support all pregnant women, babies and families with young children. Carly’s role can help bring awareness and increase the community’s support.”
Suzette Cameron, also a Daytona State College graduate, is the current board president for Healthy Start and is employed as DSC Director of Alumni Relations and Development.
“Carly is an incredible, beautiful person, so to be able to represent the state of Florida in this reign is amazing and that she is connected with Healthy Start is a plus,” Ms. Cameron said. “She is very dedicated and committed to the cause of Healthy Start and with this reign took on babies and mothers and families as her platform. It’s the most beautiful thing that you could bring together. She is awesome.”
DSC alumni donated small handcrafted blankets to Healthy Start “made with Falcon love and pride” per Ms. Cameron, who will in turn gift them to infants in the Halifax Health neonatal unit.