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Cara Mund becomes first Miss America from North Dakota

Cara Mund, Miss America 2018
Cara Mund, Miss America 2018

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (September 10, 2017) – Miss North Dakota, Cara Mund, was crowned Miss America 2018 tonight at the birthplace of the legendary competition in Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall for its 97th Anniversary broadcast on the ABC Television Network. Returning for his 9th time as host, Chris Harrison was joined by co-host Sage Steele and celebrity judges Maria Menounos, Thomas Rhett, Molly Sims, Jordin Sparks, Tara Lipinski, Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri and PEOPLE Editor in Chief Jess Cagle.

Mund’s acceptance of the highly-coveted crown is just the beginning of a journey that will take her to every corner of the nation and around the world during her year of service as Miss America 2018. She will embark on her national speaking tour about her platform, A Make-A-Wish Passion with Fashion, and act as the official National Goodwill Ambassador for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, a non-profit organization dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children by raising funds for its 170 member hospitals, is the national platform partner of theMiss America Organization.

Cara is an Ivy League honors graduate from Brown University who is headed to law school. At age 14, Cara founded North Dakota’s Annual Make-A-Wish Fashion Show. For 10 years, Cara has brightened 23 Wish Kids’ lives, became a “Certified Wish Granter,” and raised more than $78,500 for Make-A-Wish. In 2011, President Barack Obama recognized Cara’s charitable efforts. Cara is a national dance champion and trained four summers with The Rockettes. Cara’s recent work in the United States Senate and her passion for helping others ignited her own wish – to become the first Miss America from North Dakota.

The first runner-up in the competition was Miss Missouri, Jennifer Davis, who earned a $25,000 scholarship. Her talent was a Bollywood dance routine and her personal platform is United We Stand, Divided We Fall: Diversity Matters. The second runner-up is Miss New Jersey, Kaitlyn Schoeffel, who received a $20,000 scholarship. Her talent was dance, and her personal platform is Operation Empowerment. Third runner-up Miss District of Columbia Briana Kinsey received a $15,000 scholarship. Her talent was pop vocal, and her platform is Daring to Defeat Diabetes. Fourth runner-upMiss Texas Margana Wood is awarded a $10,000 scholarship. Her talent was contemporary dance and her platform is You Belong.

The 51 contestants, who represented all 50 states and the District of Columbia, participated in preliminary competitions earlier in the week. Miss Illinois, Abby Foster, was the winner of “America‘s Choice,” an online competition where viewers were given the opportunity to vote for their favorite MissAmerica contestant entirely on social media. The winner of “America’s Choice” advanced to the Top 15 in the competition.

Founded in 1921, the Miss America Organization is one of the nation’s leading advocates for women’s education and the largest provider of scholarship assistance to young women. The Miss AmericaOrganization and its state organizations award millions in cash and in-kind scholarships annually. TheMiss America Organization also provides young women with a vehicle to further their personal and professional goals and instills within them a spirit of community service through a variety of nationwide community-based programs.

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dick clark productions and the Miss America Organization collaborated on all creative, marketing, sponsorship, licensing, ticketing and distribution elements of this year’s show. Anthony Eaton and Tall Pony Productions produced the “2017 Miss America Competition.”

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Miss America’s Outstanding Teen attends CMNH Momentum

 
  
 
Tampa, FL, March 31, 2017 –
A Note From Nicole:
This past week I had the honor of attending “Momentum17”, the annual Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Champion’s Event.  It was an absolutely amazing experience and I want to share some of the highlights with you.
I learned of incredible medical advances that would not be possible without the funds that are needed for research and development.  I heard the stories of children with tremendous health challenges who, without the help of many donors like us, could face obstacles that simply should not exist.  I watched a little boy whose greatest challenge is to bear the weight of his own body walk the entire length of a runway (with the help of his mother) to receive his Champion’s Medal.  I listened to a rapper share a rap written by a young boy who was born with no lower jaw and the pure joy this young man felt as he shared his journey with the audience through his lyrics.
I want each of you to know that your fundraising efforts for CMNH mean something very important.  I know that the kids and families that benefit from the funds we raise receive a priceless gift and I also know that CMNH honors this relationship with sincere gratitude.
From The Chairman:
I was humbled to attend Momentum with Nicole in celebration of our partnership with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.  Nicole and I were invited to meet the children and their families and to take part in all of the activities.  Little did we know the impact and emotional imprint this event would leave on our hearts!
We were just two of 2500 attendees.  Nicole danced with the kids, collected THEIR autographs and state pins, applauded their tremendous accomplishments, and shed a few tears when realizing the gravity of some of their illnesses.  Our hearts were touched by their joy, smiles, laughter, and hope.
But, there was another part of this experience that I found equally as heartwarming and amazing.  This event also honored corporations across the country for their fundraising and emotional support of CMNH.  I listened as teams from Walmart, Aflac, Panda Express, Rite-Aid, Chico’s, Marriott, RE/MAX, and many more shared their fundraising ideas, outreach, and the importance of employee and volunteer relations.  I couldn’t help but think of the tremendous impact that we (MAOTeen and MAO) have, through our giving, to make the lives of these children and their parents more manageable.
One of our local/state titleholders will become Miss America’s Outstanding Teen.  She will assume the role of National Teen Ambassador for CMNH.  Monies raised in her CMNH account should be a reflection of her personal commitment to our national platform.
So, when you raise funds for CMNH, know that your efforts are helping some of the most incredible children and families we could ever know.  They face everyday challenges just like you and I, but their challenges are magnified in ways that are hard for us to imagine.  You are giving so others can have a chance to live a “normal” life through the MIRACLE of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals! ….Donna
“For it is in giving that we receive.”
St. Francis of Assisi

  

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Miss America 2017 Savvy Shields Returns to Arkansas for Homecoming Celebration

Atlantic City, NJ (October 26, 2016) –  Miss America 2017 Savvy Shields returned home to Arkansas for a weekend-long celebration hosted by The Miss Arkansas Organization. Savvy’s homecoming events began on Thursday in Little Rock, Arkansas, where she had a photo shoot and luncheon with former Miss Arkansas’ and Miss America’s. She then rode in the 2017 Welcome Home Parade in downtown Little Rock before attending a concert at the Riverfront Amphitheater.
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On Friday, Savvy met with the Arkansas delegates at the Capitol and attended a beautiful luncheon at the Governor’s Mansion hosted by Arkansas’ First Lady, Susan Hutchison. Following the luncheon, Savvy visited the Arkansas Children’s Hospital with her fellow Miss America contestants in town for the celebration. “Selfies with Savvy” took place at the KARK News studio where fans had the opportunity to take a photo with Savvy and make a donation to the Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Savvy wrapped up the evening at a beautiful black tie gala in her honor at the Chenal Country Club.
 
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The celebration continued on Saturday when Savvy returned to her hometown of Fayetteville, Arkansas. She attended a private reception at the University of Arkansas’ Chancellor’s residence, rode in the Welcome Home Parade, and met with fans for photos and autographs at the UofA’s Greek Theatre. Savvy was joined by Executive Chairman & CEO, Sam Haskell, and his wife, Mary Haskell, during the events.

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The homecoming celebrations concluded on Sunday with a breakfast at the Kappa Kappa Gamma house on the University of Arkansas campus, where Savvy had the opportunity to meet and celebrate with her sisters during a breakfast in her honor.

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Savvy will continue her year of service traveling the country to advocate for her personal platform, Eat Better, Live Better, while also supporting the Miss America Organization’s national platform partner, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. The Miss America Organization would like to thank the Miss Arkansas Organization and State Executive Director Jessie Ward Bennett for their continued support and for all of their efforts in planning and hosting an incredible weekend of events for Miss America 2017 Savvy Shields!
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SOURCE: The Miss America Organization

The Miss America Organization, a 501(c) 4 non-profit corporation, awards millions of dollars in annual college scholarship assistance making it the largest scholarship program for women in the United States. MAO is comprised of 52 licensed organizations which includes all 50 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico. MAO contestants contribute over 500,000 hours of community service annually and have raised over $14 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and Miss America scholarships since 2007. 
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