Amazing Ladies, Amazing Hearts; Fundraising Goal Met

(L to R): Marcie Thielges and Suzanna Syverson give a check to Samantha Kolden. Photo: Bobbi Jo Hoffland

JAMESTOWN, N.D. ( – Two amazing ladies have met their fundraising goal while helping another amazing lady reach for her own.

Triumph Incorporated’s Marcie Thielges, Senior Miss Amazing 2020, and Suzanna Syverson, Miss Amazing 2021, received their titles during the Miss Amazing contest in Minot. The Miss Amazing program provides opportunities for girls and women with disabilities to consider their goals, step outside of their comfort zones, and build networks of support.

“By investing in girls with disabilities, we nurture a strong community of leaders who push back against stereotypes and advocate for change, thereby creating even greater opportunities for the next generation,” the non-profit states.

After receiving these local titles, a goal of $4000 was set for each lady in order to compete in the National Miss Amazing in Nashville, TN.

The two girls weren’t done being “amazing.”

Samantha Kolden also received the North Dakota Teen Amazing crown, leading to her needing funds to also compete at the national level. That’s where the amazing happened.

“[Our girls] donated $2,500 to Samantha to help with her expenses also,” Program Coordinator Bobbi Jo Hoffland stated. “The community came together and really showed their love and support from the taco feed.”

Hoffland thanked Paradiso, Thrivent, Deb and John Gletne, Walmart, Cashwise, and those who helped raise money for Suzanna and Marcie.

Hoffland says both Thielges and Syverson have reached their fundraising goal and will be able to participate at the national level. If you wish to help Samantha reach her goal, you can make a donation here.