Debbe Jo Eben, Miss Chugiak-Eagle River, was crowned Miss Alaska 2012 on June 16, 2012. The beauty from Chugiak is 23 years old. She will represent Alaska in the Miss America 2013 Pageant.
Debbe Eben Crowned Miss Alaska 2012
Debbe Eben (C) will represent the state of Alaska in the Miss America 2013 pageant
Three months before her crowning, Debbe Ebben shaved her head to raise more than $4,000 for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which donates money for childhood cancer research. She said she did it to let children who lost their hair because of cancer treatments know that it was OK to be bald.
“I wanted to put meaning and emotion behind it, and let them know why I’m doing it — for the kids,” she said. “I’m not shaving it to get attention. I’m not shaving it for publicity. I’m not shaving it because it’s a really easy hairstyle to go with. I’m shaving it for them.”
In the upcoming year, she said, she plans to work with St. Baldrick’s and Headbands of Hope, which donates a spandex headband to a sick child and $1 to St. Baldrick’s for every headband it sells.
Bonnie Faulk, director of the Miss Alaska Scholarship Foundation, calls Ebben the epitome of the standards and values of the program.
“We are elated to have this young woman serve us,” Faulk said. “She has worked harder than many, many, many contestants in many years.”
Ebben said her road to Miss Alaska has “been a long journey.”
“This was my 16th pageant and it was more of, ‘The moment had finally come.’ And I was really happy it had come,” she said.
Courtesy of Miss Alaska Scholarship Foundation. Photo: Shalem Photography.