Miss Samoa Pageant sponsorship
The McDonald’s Family Restaurant has secured the naming rights for the Miss Samoa Pageant 2017. The $100,000 deal was announced during a press conference at McDonald’s in Apia. the Samoa Observer reported yesterday.
McDonald’s President and Owner, Tautolo Aogaleatu Tautolo, said the franchise’s involvement in this year’s pageant is the beginning of a long partnership with Samoa that will benefit all parties.
“I remain firm in my resolve that despite our different political circumstances the two Samoas are one,” said Tautolo.
This is not the first time McDonald’s has offered financial assistance to the Miss Samoa Pageant and the Miss South Pacific.
“This is our way of giving back to the community,” said Tautolo. “After all it’s the community that comes out and supports McDonald’s and this is our way of giving back.”
Samoa Events Inc. President, Laeimau Oketevi Tanuvasa, accepted the donation, saying the funds reflect McDonald’s commitment to help the two Samoas.
“It also reaffirms that McDonald and S.E.I. are united when it comes to empowering women through the pageant to become assets to the society, community, family and country,” said Laeimau.
A member of the S.E.I., Nanai Lave Tuiletufuga, confirmed there are nine contestants for this year’s pageant.
In 2016, Samoa Events Inc. was awarded the Miss Samoa Pageant contract for three years, as a result of its successful Expression of Interest and Technical Proposal.
Samoa Events Inc. is a group made up of the 1981 graduating Form 6 classes from the different schools throughout Samoa.
This unique group of professional and talented individuals in their own respective fields began their journey as classmates at Apia Infant in 1969, then to Apia Primary School, Leifiifi Intermediate School and to different colleges with the majority attending Samoa College, St Joseph’s College, St Mary’s College, Chanel College, Avele College, Leulumoega Fou College and Logoipulotu in Savai’i. (Source: Samoa Observer)
McDONALD'S EXPANSION IN SAMOA
The chief executive Tautolo, said his company plans to spend $US3.5 million on an expansion.
He said the restaurants would be built in Apia and at Faleolo Airport, and also on Savaii in the Salelologa township.
Tautolo said the existing restaurant in Apia would also be renovated.
"It is going to take seven months and we didn't want to close the restaurant and so we will pick up the renovation while we still open the restaurant so we can still provide the jobs for our staff," he said.
Tautolo revealed his plans while presenting $US50,000 to sponsor the upcoming Miss Samoa beauty pageant. (Source: RNZI)