On Saturday evening, April 6th 2013 at The Radnor Hotel, six hopeful women competed for the honor of being crowned the 2013 Philadelphia Rose of Tralee. Each contestant was interviewed individually by a panel of three judges, before going on to a live interview in front of over 150 guests. While the judges deliberated, guests enjoyed dinner and dancing with the six contestants and dozens of Rose Buds. At the end of the evening the girls lined up on the dance floor of The Radnor’s Grand Terrace Ballroom, while Master of Ceremonies Jim Donovan of CBS announced that Brittany Killion will be going on to represent Philadelphia in the Regional Rounds at the end of May in Ireland. The room erupted into applause as Brittany accepted the crown and sash from the 2012 Rose, Elizabeth Spellman.
David Brennan, native of Ireland and General Manager of the Wayne Hotel, served as the chair of the judging panel for the event. Brennan was born and raised in Limerick, Ireland and regards the Rose of Tralee as one of the finest events of its kind on the International Stage. “We were honored to meet this group of remarkable and accomplished young women who take great pride in their Irish heritage” says Brennan. “The judges are confident that Brittany will do an outstanding job representing Philadelphia in Ireland.”
Brittany Killion was born and raised in Delaware County and received her Bachelor of Science degree from Penn State University in 2010. She currently works as a District Representative/Community Outreach Coordinator for Congressman Patrick Meehan. Representing Philadelphia at the regional rounds this May will be Brittany’s third trip to Ireland.
To learn more about the Philadelphia Rose of Tralee, visit their website.