Miss Utah USA Soben Huon missed making the top 15 in the Miss USA contest but did well anyway, said Abbie Scott, the local pageant's new executive director with Red Curtain Productions, Inc.
Red Curtain bought the franchise from MM&T Productions after Huon was crowned 2006 Miss Utah/USA in November. The change in ownership resulted in Huon losing sponsorships. However, her trip to the pageant in Baltimore, lodging and meals were covered, Scott said.
Huon's supporters held a dinner and talent show at the Provo City Library at Academy Square to raise money for her. Nearly 80 people paid $20 each to attend, while others donated as much as $200, said Rick Kineteder, a local businessman. Huon is a political science graduate of Brigham Young University.