Miss USA 2006, Tara Conner, told KTLA news today that she will repel 12 stories from the top of the W Hotel in Hollywood tomorrow in an event hosted by the National Youth Recovery Foundation to raise addiction awareness.
Conner, 27, said in an interview with KTLA this morning that while she is now six years sober, her addiction started at just 14 years old and was the ‘ultimate mask’ during her pageant competition days as Miss Kentucky Teen USA 2002, and later as Miss Kentucky USA 2006, the title that led her to a Miss USA victory over first runner-up, Miss California USA 2006, Tamiko Nash.
Donald Trump held a press conference back in 2006 prompted by rumors that Conner would be stripped of her Miss USA title due to excessive drinking and drug use, where he instead announced she would be given a second chance if she went directly into a treatment center. The beauty queen says she was ‘very lucky to be given a second chance,’ and that she now has a ‘new lease on life.’
The event entitled ‘Over the Edge: Partners in Recovery’ is scheduled for Saturday, October 19, from 9am to 6pm at Hollywood’s W Hotel, 6250 Hollywood Boulevard, and will feature the former Miss USA Tara Conner and other celebrities repelling 12 stories down from 11am to 2pm.
Conner is no stranger to danger. She currently hosts the (literally) explosive Yahoo web series ‘Kaboom’ and says although she has had ‘no practice’ for the event, she is hopeful the hotel’s smooth surface will be easier to traverse than the rocks and snakes of her home state, Kentucky.
Tickets for the event sponsored by the National Youth Recovery Foundation are available on their website, along with a list of additional celebrity attendees including ‘I Dream of Jeannie’ star, Barbara Eden.