Mrs. South Carolina to Educate Women About IDA

NOVEMBER 5, 2014
The Greenville News


By Angelia Davis

City People Writer

Ronnetta Griffin of Greenville has long worn many hats. Now, she wears a crown.

A wife, a mother, entrepreneur, designer, spokesperson, and advocate, Griffin is the newly crowned Mrs. South Carolina 2015.

It’s a title she earned at the Mrs. South Carolina competition in Mooresville, North Carolina. It was also a title Griffin was “shocked” to claim. “I think it was a reaction of disbelief. I wanted to do this for a long time, but honestly could not gather the courage to do it,” Griffin told

“I don’t know many women my age who would want to walk on a stage in a swimsuit and heels, but that is one of the requirements.”

Griffin, who is almost 50, braved that requirement largely to help put the spotlight on her platform — Iron Deficiency Anemia — a condition that she suffers from.

“I almost had a heart attack a few years ago and had no idea that that was the cause of it, this iron deficiency,” Griffin said.

Already, she’s seeing an impact from her efforts. Recently, she received a message from a woman who read her posts about IDA and its potential danger, telling her “ you probably saved my life.”

Griffin said she has been anemic most of her life, having been diagnosed at 16.

“At the time, my doctor said, ‘You’ll be tired from time to time and you can’t donate blood.’ That was kind of the entire message to me,” Griffin said.

“I went through, pretty much, my entire life having all of these terrible symptoms and never connecting the dots. Once I realized how serious it was and that I could die, that it could actually caused me to have a heart attack ...I thought this is ridiculous that nobody’s talking about this,” she said.

Griffin is a member of the board of directors of the Iron Disorders Institute, a national non-profit organization based in Taylors. She also serves as the organization’s spokesperson for IDA.

About 50 percent of women are anemic and most of them don’t even realize it, Griffin said.

“I talk to women everyday who don’t have the energy to take their kids to school because their iron is so low and they think they’re being lazy, they’re out of shape or just getting older,” she said. Being Mrs. South Carolina “helps spread the word so that they don’t have to live in misery.”

Ronnetta is “really an inspiring woman and a fantastic role model for married women across South Carolina,” said Frederick C. Galle III, director of the Mrs. America Organization and executive director for Mrs. South Carolina.

“She is constantly giving back to her community and teaching the women of South Carolina through her efforts as a leader for educating women on the dangers of Iron Deficiency Anemia through her Get Your Iron Up campaign,” Galle said. “We are very excited to share Ronnetta with all of South Carolina and she is a strong contender at Mrs. America 2015 next September in Moscow, Russia,' he said.

Griffin has been married for 21 years to Tommy, Upstate resident agent-in-charge for the US Secret Service. They have two sons, Thomas, 16, and Teddy, 13.

Griffin, a former Miss South Carolina (1991), is an active volunteer and the owner of Carolina Chic a soy candle company recently featured in Southern Living magazine.

The 38th annual Mrs. South Carolina pageant was held at the Charles Mack Citizen Center Theatre, Mooresville.

Mrs. South Carolina Pageant is the official state preliminary to the Mrs. America Pageant. Contestants compete in evening gown, swimsuit, interview, state costume and finalists answer onstage questions.

The winner receives a prize package valued at over $77,000.00 in gifts, services and prizes including a trip to the nationally broadcast Mrs. America Pageant. The winner of Mrs. America goes on to compete at the Mrs. World Pageant both pending broadcast and TV network negotiations,' according to Wendy Galle, Director, Mrs. America and Executive Director, Mrs. South Carolina In addition to Mrs. South Carolina 2015, Griffin was also received awards for ‘Most Beautiful, Evening Gown, and “opening Number, Best Ad Page Marriage Longevity, and Modeling.

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