About Hannah Vance – Miss Central Florida
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Platform: The For Paul Foundation
Mission Statement: Aiming to enrich the lives of first responders and their families through scholarship, awareness, and support in honor of the late Paul Besaw.
Hannah, a 21-year-old Hospitality Management major at the University of Central Florida, is currently the Vice President of The For Paul Foundation, a non-profit organization that she cofounded in honor of the late Paul Besaw.
Paul Besaw was a 36-year-old Critical Flight Paramedic who was killed in the line of duty on June 1, 2017. While on shift in Jupiter, Florida, Paul and his partner’s ambulance was stuck by a drunk driver. During Paul’s 18 years in EMS, he helped others through teaching, training and being a shoulder to lean on. He was not only a dedicated paramedic, but also a loving husband to his wife, Dawn, and the most attentive and caring father to their daughter, Allison, who was 5 at the time of her father’s death.
Our Foundation, a 501(c)3 not for profit organization, aims to honor Paul by helping other first responders, EMS, Ambulance Personnel, Medical Flight Services and their families through education, support, and appreciation.
After the passing of Paul, Hannah became an advocate against drunk driving. Unfortunately, 2 years later Hannah lost a good friend who was hit and killed by a drunk driver while crossing the street. After processing these events, Hannah made it her mission to really bring to light in her community, the consequences of driving under the influence and encourages anyone who will listen to buckle up and have a sober ride home.
In addition to her school and foundation commitments, Hannah currently works as a leasing agent for an off-campus student housing community, and is an avid volunteer within the community, dedicating her time to not only The For Paul Foundation but to several on-campus programs at UCF including; KnightThon, UCF’s dance marathon, and The Fashion Society.