Born in the homeland of Rosemary Clooney Heather was raised seeing stars. Before winning the title of Miss America 2000 Heather attended the College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning at the University of Cincinnati dreaming of becoming the next Vera Wang. There she gained a Bachelor of Science in Fashion Design and a Masters of Design in Fashion while teaching Fashion Illustration.
During her years as an undergrad and graduate student Heather competed for the title of Miss KY with the hopes of one day also becoming Kentuckys first Miss America. One dream has already come true. After a fifth and final attempt at Miss KY Heather walked away with the coveted title to then go on to Atlantic City to become Miss America 2000.
Taking a year from her studies Heather traveled the nation championing veterans issues. From VA Hospitals, homeless veterans facilities, to the halls of Congress Heather traveled to help spread awareness about the plight of our national heroes. While on her tour Heather helped to lobby Congress for an imperative piece of Legislation, the Heather French Henry Homeless Veterans Assistance Act. After many sessions of dedicated lobbying the bill finally passed and has been put into action by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Still today Heather continues to work on behalf of veterans through her foundation, the Heather French Foundation for Veterans, Inc.
Along side her passion for veterans Heather still harbors a love for fashion. Today Heather creates one-of-a-kind Couture Gowns for young women that dream of the same title she won in 2000, the title of Miss America. With expertise in pattern making, draping, couture construction and the experience of competing Heather has begun to make a name for herself in the world of fashion. Along with creating beautiful designs Heather also delivers personal consultation with each client to help assist in areas such as interview, stage presence, and talent. Featured in leading Pageantry magazines contestants nationwide are reaching out for that special couture touch only Heather can deliver.
During my tour as Miss America 2000 I traveled the country gaining a national perspective on veterans issues. From homelessness to healthcare issues my concern has grown into a life long passion for our nations heroes. As the daughter of a disabled Vietnam veteran I have experienced first hand the struggles facing veterans nationwide.
Reconnecting the community to veterans remains an imperative part of our mission. Partnering with community organizations, school groups, and government agencies is the ideal way to increase awareness, education and funding for our nations veterans.
Together we could educate young and old alike, work to increase funding for veterans organizations, and make sure that every person in America knows about the plight of our forgotten heroes. But, most importantly, we are reaching out and touching the hands and heart of every veteran and encouraging people like you to do the same.
The Rosemary Clooney House, Inc. is a non-profit foundation headed by Dr. Steve Henry, former KY Lt. Gov., and his wife, Heather French Henry, former Miss America (who was born in Augusta). The foundation was established to preserve Rosemary Clooney's house, to open it to the public and to house memorabilia from her life and career.
Starting in 1980 Rosemary began calling Augusta's 106 Riverside Drive home. Located on the banks of the Ohio River in historical Augusta, KY, this was her retreat from the demands of her career and a haven for rest between performances all over the world.
After Rosemary's passing, her children approached the Henrys about purchasing the home. They did so enthusiasticly and since that time have devoted extraordinary time and resources to preserving the home and acquiring artifacts related to Rosemary's life and career.
With the help of Paramount Studios, Nick & Nina Clooney, Gail & Chris Darley, countless volunteers, and numerous corporate and private sponsors, the house held it's "soft opening" on June 4, 2005 and it's "grand opening" on October 1, 2005.
This modest home on the banks of Rosemary's beloved Ohio River has been visited by thousands of fans from all over the world. The Henrys are so pleased that they have been able to contribute to preserving Rosemary's legacy, introduce many to the quaint little river-town she so adored, and preserve so much memorabilia that might otherwise have been lost.
If you would like to support this exciting venture, volunteer to help, or you have memorabilia you would like to see displayed at the home send an email to email@example.com.