Sara Gaver, 28, was crowned the new Ms. Wheelchair USA on Sat., July 16 in front of a live theatre and tv audience. I’m so excited to have the opportunity to wear a national title. I will make a difference,” Gaver said when she won. The Ms. Wheelchair USA program celebrated its 25 year with a show titled Pure Imagination themed after Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. The Dane Foundation is an Ohio headquartered foundation that serves individuals with physical and developmental disabilities and is the presenting organization of the national Ms. Wheelchair USA program.
Gaver resides in Jacksonville, Fla. and is a graduate of the University of North Florida with a degree in Healthcare Administration. She’s a sales analyst for a global software company, and does freelance social media management.
Gaver believes the best way to break down barriers for the disability community is by changing society’s perceptions of individuals with disabilities. This wasn’t Gaver’s first trip to the pageant stage. In 2016 she was second runner-up in another national disability pageant and has competed twice at the Miss Florida USA pageant. This was her first national competition with the Ms. Wheelchair USA pageant and her platform of Creative Confidence, led her to the crown.
Gaver’s disability is Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita. She has experience modeling for Tommy Hilfiger, Permobil, and other national companies and has served on several disability councils helping to improve playground and educational access.
The national competition for Ms. Wheelchair USA took place in Northeast Ohio July 10-17, 2022. Contestants spent the week participating in various press appearances, rehearsals, community events, and competitions that culminated in the crowning of Gaver as Ms. Wheelchair USA 2022-2023. She receives a prize package, as well as a booking and management contract to assist her in promoting her platform, and that of the Ms. Wheelchair USA organization and The Dane Foundation, the presenting organization.The other Top 5 finalists include first runner-up Sarah Tompkins (WA); Bianca Johnson (NY); Ashley Lawrence (SC); Jennifer Carter (OK).
To book Gaver contact the Ms. Wheelchair USA organization at Info@MsWheelchairUSA.org or by calling 330.612.5242. To make a donation or sponsor Ms. Wheelchair USA, visit the organization’s website at www.TheDaneFoundation.org. You can also text a donation to MWUSA at 44321.
The new Ms. Wheelchair USA Sara Gaver is crowned by the 2022 titleholder Erica Myron
PEOPLE THE TV SHOW FEATURES THE NEW MS. WHEELCHAIR USA
The Ms. Wheelchair USA program has been in existence for more than 24 years. It began as a state program, selecting winners in the state of Ohio to do a national service platform. As the program grew in popularity and was televised live, potential candidates began coming from all over the country asking to compete in the outstanding program. The program became a national competition 15 years ago and has been going and growing strong!
Contestants in the Ms. Wheelchair USA program must be 18 years of age with no maximum age! Contestants must have a mobility issue, but may have use of their legs. Our program does not discourage ability, but instead celebrates the individuality of the women in the program. State and regional representatives are selected based on a judged, application process. The national titleholder is crowned following a week of activities, programs, learning sessions, press appearances, and three nights of live stage competitions. Contestants compete in private interview, round-robin interviews, evening wear, on-stage interview, platform presentation, and marketing statement competitions. The winners spend their year on a state, regional and national level representing The Dane Foundation, Ms. Wheelchair USA, and their own platform issue or activity.
The Ms. Wheelchair USA organization promotes glamour, self-confidence, and community service; celebrating the accomplishments of women with disabilities!