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PAT SMITH

CHARITY | Treasure You

BIOGRAPHY | Pat Smith is the Founder and Owner of Pat Smith Enterprises, Founder/CEO of “Treasure You” and the President of Pat and Emmitt Smith Charities.

Pat is the first African-American woman to win the Miss Virginia USA title and first runner-up of the 1994 Miss USA Pageant. She lost her mother to breast cancer while preparing for the competition.

Pat has long felt called to work with and provide programs for women to help them achieve their dreams. Pat established “Treasure You” as a non-profit in 2012 to inspire and uplift others to pursue their passions in life despite their circumstances or set-backs. She hosts a weekend retreat in September of each year, providing scholarships for many women who cannot afford to come.

She currently co-hosts a new hit TV Talk Show, “D:The Broadcast” airing daily in Dallas on KTXD-TV. Her television hosting career began in Los Angeles on Extra, Access Hollywood and extended to Dallas as the host of “Treasure You” on Good Morning Texas.

Pat’s radio and TV experience also includes host of Keep the Faith and recurring roles and guest appearances on such primetime hits as Beverly Hills 90210, Sunset Beach and The Wayans Brothers Show. She was recently interviewed and featured in one of the highest rated TBN Specials, “A Night of Amazing Women” and Marcus and Joni Lamb’s “Celebration” on Daystar. Pat’s interview with Janeé Harrell on “The Janeé Show” recently highlighted the challenge of forgiveness and how it impacts lives.

Pat is currently a member of the prestigious Vogue 100, was voted one of the 10 Most Beautiful Women of Dallas in 2011, and is a celebrity role model for the Dallas Elevators mentor program for Dallas ISD high school students. She is involved with battered women’s shelters and breast cancer initiatives.

Pat Smith shares her inspirational messages with groups around the country — reaching out to women of all ages and stature. 2012 was a highlight year for Pat as she shared her journey on the Women of Faith “Celebrate What Matters” Tour in 7 cities last fall. She is often requested to deliver keynote speeches to non-profits, churches and Christian organizations.

As a wife, mother, television host and former actress, Pat is known for her philanthropy on behalf of women and children as well as her dedication to church, civic and community activities.

Pat and her husband Emmitt believe that God has blessed them with love, a beautiful blended family and resources to help others. For these reasons, they commit many hours to volunteer in their community as well as raise funds for one of their favorite organizations, Pat and Emmitt Smith Charities.

“I have long had a heart for women and their plights, particularly if they are “stuck.” I have been there and have experienced the fear of the future and how to move forward. Treasure You gives me an opportunity to encourage women of all ages to celebrate the assets they have been given from God and learn how to treasure themselves. By appreciating the value that we are, treasuring ourselves becomes a natural way of being. I have found the more I have been able to treasure myself, even through my own insecurities, doubts, weaknesses, failings and trials, the better able I have been to treasure others. Treasure You gives me a platform to provide women emotional, spiritual and financial support through weekend retreats, special events, giveaways and emergency assistance.” - Pat Smith

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