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Five Questions With Nikki Warner Davis From SMILE on Down Syndrome

Nikki Warner Davis
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Nikki Warner Davis is probably best known for being the Interim Executive Director for SMILE on Down Syndrome, as well as the organizer for the Evansville Fall Wedding Show to benefit Holly’s House and the producer of the Ultimate Wedding Expo that takes place each January at the Vanderburgh County 4-H Center.

In her spare time (we don’t know where she finds it), Nikki also works as a professional photographer and a writer for publications like Evansville Parent Magazine and News4U. Nikki has also published two books for charity organizations: the first book is called ‘Every Child is Beautiful’ with proceeds benefiting the Evansville Easter Seals and the second is titled ‘Incredible Kid’ to benefit SMILE on Down Syndrome.

We recently caught up with Nikki (and it wasn’t easy) and asked her five random questions in hopes of getting a glimpse into the mind of a tri-state Superwoman. Her answers may surprise you.

1. So, you wake up tomorrow morning in a Tijuana prison with no recollection as to how you got there. What is the most likely scenario to explain your tumultuous decline? That’s easy. I only drink socially and even then only occasionally. So this light weight likely went out dancing with girlfriends (because Bob doesn’t dance), passed out in the bathroom (true story – this happened once at my sister’s wedding. I was surprised when my mother told me “Better you than the bride!”), got abducted by some unsavory characters, escaped their treacherous grasp, but got caught and imprisoned for trying to break into a store to find better running shoes!

2. You are stranded on a dessert island with only three books to read until you are rescued – and who knows how long that will take. What are those books and why? Jane Austin ‘Pride & Prejudice’ (a favorite classic), ‘The Bible’ (NIV Version: for the amazing stories and inspiration) and ‘The Martha Rules’ by Martha Stewart because why just sit on a deserted island when you can make it your tropical paradise with a little ingenuity and inspiration?

3. You have just found out that your everyday life has been filmed for the last month for use in a new reality series. What embarrassing moment do you hope they choose not to air? When I yelled at the kids, which probably was likely more than once over the course of the month. As parents, we all try to set perfect examples for our kids, but we’re all human, and sometimes those meltdown moments happen to us as parents, too. (Nikki Note: Tapping your brakes is a great way to get the attention of a couple of kids in the back that just won’t stop arguing.)

4. You and three of your friends have just started a band called “The Nikki Warner Davis Experience.” What is your role in the band and who are your influences? I’m the guitar player, because this will finally give me an excuse to learn how to play the guitar that is sitting in my basement that I have promised myself for the last 16 years that I would learn how to play! My influences would be Goo Goo Dolls, Green Day, and Three Doors Down.

5. You are on death row for a crime you did not commit. What do you chose as your last meal? Lamb Nachos from Acropolis, and for dessert, white cake with chocolate frosting from Piece of Cake.

The 2012 SMILE on Down Syndrome Buddy Walk is October 6 on the grounds of the Vanderburgh 4-H Center. For more information about this event, click here.


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