Established by two Dallas-area automobile dealers, D&M Auto Leasing is one of the largest consumer car leasing companies in the country. Based out of Grand Prairie, Texas, D&M Leasing contributes to numerous nonprofits around the Fort Worth and Houston areas, including Miss Texas Pageant, Inc. and its scholarship foundation.
Founded in 1937, the Miss Texas competition provides personal and professional opportunities for young women in Texas. In addition, it provides a statewide forum for these women to express their accomplishments and viewpoints to others.
Each year, the organization hosts its Miss Texas and Miss Texas Outstanding Teen Pageant Week; the 2016 week is scheduled for June 25 through July 2. Held at the Renaissance Dallas Richardson Hotel, the event includes a red-carpet gala, preliminary elimination rounds, and a wrap-up party. Hundreds of women participate in local pageants, and the finalists compete for the statewide title. The event culminates with the crowning of Miss Texas and Miss Texas Outstanding Teen 2016, along with an awards reception. In 2015, the event crowned Shannon Sanderford as Miss Texas, and Addy Jackson earned recognition as Miss Texas Outstanding Teen.