Lake County Queens Collect Donations for Lake County Haven
Saturday, January 18, 2020. Grayslake, Illinois.
Little Miss Lake County (and first degree black belt) Sharanya Sahu hosted a charitable event at Dragon K Martial Arts in Grayslake, Illinois in which she collected donations on behalf of Lake County Haven. The event included an exercise and martial arts class that promoted physical fitness, female empowerment and self defense. Past and present queens of the Lake County Illinois State Pageant System attended the event.
Grand Master Hyun Kim of Dragon K along with Masters Jeong and Steve Detlaff educated the attendees about the benefits of martial arts and the importance of self defense in an entertaining and informative style. Sharanya and Instructor Emily Detlaff led the group in some stretching and exercise routines followed by some basic martial arts and self defense training.
"I started my martial arts training when I was five years old, and I know how important it was to me to develop my self confidence and self esteem," said Sharanya. "That confidence along with the sills I learned over the years help me feel safe."
"I really enjoyed walking through a class and teaching the queens some basic skills," added Emily Detlaff. "Helping empower these young women by teaching some of the techniques I've learned through my years of training provides me a great feeling, and we were able to collect a lot of donations for Lake County Haven."
The mission of Lake County Haven is to empower homeless women and their children to achieve permanent, independent living. Founded in 1992, the Haven fulfills its mission by providing shelter, housing, and professional services in support of its residents and graduates. The agency has now served more than 900 people through its programs and services, the vast majority of whom have moved on to the next level of independent living.
Dragon K Martial Arts, with locations in Grayslake, Round Lake and Lake Bluff as well as Wayne's Pizza of Third Lake and Lux Nails of Grayslake were all happy to help co-sponsor Sharanya's event. "We love the Lake County community, and we want to do whatever we can to show our support and love of the community in which we live, work and play," said Grand Master Kim. "I am proud of our student Sharanya, who helped us do just that."