Hometown hopes run high as Miss USA Rima Fakih heads into the competition for Miss Universe.
The Dearborn resident plans to have family with her in Las Vegas tonight and numerous friends in Dearborn watching the two-hour telecast on NBC.
Fakih is one of 83 contestants who won their national competitions. The Miss Universe pageant is co-owned by NBC and Donald Trump and hosted by rocker Bret Michaels and NBC news correspondent Natalie Morales.
Fakih enjoyed a warm reception last month during a weeklong homecoming that included public and private events around the area. The Lebanese immigrant also received a key to Dearborn and threw out the ceremonial first pitch at a Detroit Tigers home game against the Minnesota Twins.
Last month, Rima Fakih stopped by the WWJ Newsradio 950 studios to talk with Greg Bowman about what it was like to return to Dearborn as Miss USA.
More at: http://www.missuniverse.com
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