January 5, 2007 Volume 108 Number 1

What's in that union-made bread?

Daughters of Bakers Local 114 members have won four pageant crowns

There must be something in the union-made bread produced by members of Portland-based Bakers Local 114. Over the past two decades, the offspring of four Local 114 members have been crowned Miss America, Miss Oregon and Miss Teen Oregon.

The most famous is Katie Harmon, Miss America 2002. She is the granddaughter of union member Adolph DiMarco.

The latest is Miss Oregon Donilee McGinnis. She will represent the state at the Miss America Pageant to be held Jan. 29 in Las Vegas. She is the daughter of Ron McGinnis, a 13-year member of the union who works at Oroweat Bakery in Beaverton.

In 1984, Renee Bagley, the daughter of member Clyde Bagley, was crowned Miss Oregon; and in 1996, Kristen Cook, the stepdaughter of Local 114 Business Representative Gene Beaudoin, was selected Miss Teen Oregon.

Donilee McGinnis, 24, of Scappoose, is a communications major at Portland State University.

She first competed for the Miss Oregon title in 2004 after being recruited by Katie Harmon’s mother, a customer at a Gresham dress shop where McGinnis worked. McGinnis placed in the Top 10 that year, finished fourth in 2005, and captured the title in 2006.

Her talent is tap dancing, and her platform issue for the Miss America contest, which will air on CMT on Monday, Jan. 29, is “Autism: Advocacy and Awareness.” She selected that topic because her brother, David, 18, is autistic. Donilee volunteers for the Autism Society of Oregon, as well as the Autism Research & Resources of Oregon. Last year she led an in-house autism awareness training project for the Portland Police Bureau.

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