Diane Ritter’s passion remains strong in her stand for helping women to fulfill their goals and dreams. This has been the base, that has built Bonnie Productions, producers of the Mrs. Arizona and Mrs. Utah America Pageants. Since 1994 that focus has remained strong and the formula has proved more than a little successful. Contestants from both states consistently place in the Top Ten and as Top Five finalists at the Mrs. America Pageant. In 1999, Mrs. Utah America, Starla Stanley, not only won the title of Mrs. America but went on to capture the crown of Mrs. World later that year. In 2006, Diane Tucker, Mrs. Arizona America, won the coveted crown as well. In the year 2000, Bonnie Productions was presented the prestigious National Director of the Year Award from the Mrs. America Organization.
Diane continues to promote within the pageants the importance of community service and her contestants log hundreds of service hours annually. In the spirit of giving back to the communities that so generously support the program, Bonnie Productions also produces its’ annual fundraiser, “Denim & Dreams” involving all contestants and former titleholders. “The message we present is clear” states Ritter “This is not a vanity driven event.” Eighty percent of the women who enter are first time participants. There is no set profile or professional criteria required. A typical contestant ranges in age from 19 to 72. She may be a stay-at-home mom, teacher, real estate agent or doctor. They enter to fulfill goals and dreams…… “The pageant simply provides a forum for women to train and develop themselves in whatever path they choose.”
“It’s pretty simple,” states Ritter, “When we lose the ability to dream, we lose the ability to strive for anything, to move forward, to progress and do positive things.” Diane is committed to providing a vehicle for women to be whoever and accomplish whatever they say is possible.