do Donald Trump and Chris Valentovich have in common? Well,
Donald Trump is a billionaire and Chris is not. But that's not where
the story ends. The Trump organization sponsors The Miss USA pageant
and depends on Chris for publicity. Chris works at Tru Copy Printing Inc.
as a pressman and this small operation has national ties. He does the
color work on the covers for the pageant books and the rest, the "Trump
inserts" and the inside text of the pageant books, envelopes, letters are
done in black and white.
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Pageant Benefits Brownsville
BY Christine Haines
May 1, 2006
The Miss USA pageant is
helping to support the Brownsville economy, even
if neither Donald Trump nor any
of the contestants ever set foot in the
Trump and the National
Broadcasting Company (NBC) are partners in the
Miss Universe Organization, the parent company
of the Miss USA, Miss Teen USA and the
affiliated state contests. .
Randy Sanders of Low Hill in
Washington County has been producing the Miss
Pennsylvania USA and Miss Teen Pennsylvania contests for a decade. He also
handles the pageants in West Virginia and
Indiana. was on hand last Friday in Baltimore to encourage his three
winners as they competed for the Miss USA
"I was there to be a support
system, along with their families, for those three winners. I
was their go-to person," Sanders said.
"They just need a smiling face once in a while."
In addition to supporting
"his" contestants, Sanders also supports the
local economy. Sanders said his company
sends out about a million and a half
mailing pieces a year, all of which go through
the Brownsville post office and
most of which are printed at Tru Copy
Printing in Brownsville.
"We do a tremendous amount of
printing, letters and invitations from Mr.
Trump. We call them the Trump inserts. It means
quite a boost to the business," said Ray Koffler,
who owns Tru Copy. "We're printing four
pageant books. We do the complete layout and
design and printing. The pageants last
Sanders said he offers consulting services to his colleagues
in other states, including printing and sending out
letters to contestants. Sanders said he
mailed "1.2 million pieces out of the
Brownsville post office in 2005. That is nearly
equal to all of the letter size mail delivered by the
Brownsville post office in a year.
According to Brownsville Postmaster Stan Angel,
the facility delivered, just over 1.5 million
letters last year.
"We definitely welcome their
business and do everything: we can to
accommodate them, whether it's extra
trays or whatever," Angel said
Angel said Sanders and Associates handles all of the preparation,
including labeling, sorting and bundling the letters for
Koffler said he has been
working with Sanders for about three years,
gaining for the local company more of the printing contract each year.
"We started out small. We
started out printing just a couple orders of envelopes, maybe
200,000-300,000," Koffler said. This past year
Koffler printed 1.5 million envelopes and
letters, 100,000 Trump inserts and the
programs for four pageants.
"Every piece of business retains or adds an employee, if
he grows, we're going to grow,"