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Local Miracle Maker Awards

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Photo by Bruce V. Boyajian

Above (Left to Right): The 2017 Local Miracle Maker Award ceremony on the Miss America stage in Atlantic City with Kelli Davis, Director of Celebrity Relations, CMN Hospitals; Marc Angeli, VP of Field Operations, MAO; Local Miracle Maker recipients Hayley Barber (Alabama), Bailey Moses (Arkansas), and LincolnPearce (Louisiana); Kira Kazantsev, Miss America 2015 and Director of Community Engagement, CMN Hospitals; Betty Cantrell, Miss America 2016; and Josh Randle, President and COO, MAO.
Atlantic City, NJ (June 1, 2017) –  The Miss America Organization (MAO) and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN Hospitals) are pleased to once again present the Local Miracle MakerAward – a fundraising initiative to recognize our most selfless and successful fundraisers at the local level – on stage during the 2018 Miss America Competition in September.

Together, MAO and CMN Hospitals will recognize three (3) winners on stage with a special scholarship. We hope to see more local contestants going above and beyond their fundraising efforts to achieve this wonderful award and recognition.

Eligibility: Recipients must be local titleholders who raise the most funds from the start of their local fundraising efforts to the beginning of their state competition.

How funds will be calculated: Regardless of your State Miracle Maker Award deadline, all local titleholder fundraising that is processed no later than midnight the day before the State Competitionwill be counted to determine the winners for the Local Miracle Maker Award. To reiterate, this initiative does not change your own State Miracle Maker Award deadline. The Local Miracle Maker Award calculation will be consistent across the country.

Prizes: The top three (3) local titleholder fundraisers from across the country will be provided with airfare for two (2), competition tickets for two (2), and accommodations in Atlantic City. The winners will also be invited on the Miss America stage to receive the scholarships listed below during a Preliminary Night Competition.

Local Miracle Maker Award Scholarships:
1st place – $5,000
2nd place – $3,000
3rd place – $2,000

We are excited to honor our top three Local Miracle Makers on the Miss America stage this September. Thank you all for your continued fundraising efforts and your support of the Miss America Organization and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals!

Click the image below to view and download a video message from the CMN Hospitals Champions and Miss America 2017 Savvy Shields!

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About The Miss America Organization
The Miss America Organization, a 501(c)4 non-profit organization, is the nation’s leading advocate for women’s education and the largest provider of scholarship assistance to young women in the United States, awarding millions of dollars annually.  The Miss America Organization is comprised of 52 licensed organizations, including all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico. Miss America contestants contribute tens of thousands of community service hours annually and have raised over $15 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and Miss America scholarships since 2007. For more information, visit www.MissAmerica.org.

About Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals raises funds and awareness for 170 children’s hospitals across North America. Every year, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals treat more than 10 million kids – that’s 32 million hospital visits annually. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $5 billion, most of it $1 at a time through corporate partners and fundraising programs. These donations support research and training, purchase equipment, and provide charitable care, all in support of its mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Learn why member hospitals rely on community support at www.CMNHospitals.org.

Join the Miss America Centennial Club!

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Experience the “2018 Miss America Competition” like a true VIP! The Centennial Club provides premiere access to its members attending the 2018 Miss America Competition events, taking place September 6th – September 10th, 2017. This exclusive membership opportunity is limited so join today.

Centennial Club membership includes:

  • Six (6) premium runway box seats to the Miss America Competition.
  • Six (6) tickets to private cocktail receptions overlooking the beautiful Miss America stage at Boardwalk Hall prior to all three preliminary evenings and the final night of competition.
  • Two (2) VIP tickets and four (4) General Admission tickets to the official Miss America After Party.
  • Six (6) of the best seats on the Boardwalk for you and five guests to enjoy the annual Miss America “Show Us Your Shoes” Parade.
  • Get the “Miss America Experience” and walk the runway with Miss America 2017 Savvy Shields and enjoy an on-stage photo opportunity!
  • Take a group photo with the new Miss America.
  • Receive six (6) copies of the 2018 Miss America Competition Magazine, autographed by Miss America 2017 Savvy Shields.

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The Centennial Club is the perfect way to entertain your state delegations, corporate clients, VIPs, and sponsors. We invite you to join us for a week filled with exciting events and “members-only” access for the experience of a lifetime!

For more information, contact Liz Brown: [email protected] or call: 609-344-1800.

Source: The Miss America Organization
The Miss America Organization, a 501(c)4 non-profit organization, is the nation’s leading advocate for women’s education and the largest provider of scholarship assistance to young women in the United States, awarding millions of dollars annually.  The Miss America Organization is comprised of 52 licensed organizations, including all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico. Miss America contestants contribute tens of thousands of community service hours annually and have raised over $15 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and Miss America scholarships since 2007. For more information, visit www.MissAmerica.org.

The Miss America Organization Announces New President, CFO

Sam Haskell, Executive Chairman & CEO of the Miss America Organization, announced today the elevation of Josh Randle to President and Eli Popicg to Chief Financial Officer, effective immediately.

“A wise mentor told me years ago that our future depends on surrounding ourselves with talented and bright young people. Standing shoulder to shoulder with Josh Randle and Eli Popicg enables the vision I have for Miss America to be executed perfectly,” said Sam Haskell. “Our future is secure, and the camaraderie we share with Lynn Weidner and our talented board and staff is paramount.”

At its annual meeting in Washington, DC, the MAO Board of Directors elevated Josh Randle to President & COO of the Miss America Organization. Randle joined MAO in 2015 as Chief Operating Officer and has served as a volunteer Trustee of The Miss America Foundation since 2013. Prior to joining MAO, Randle was the inaugural National Executive Director of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Foundation in the United States, one of the British Royal Family’s principal charities. At 29, Randle is the youngest president in the organization’s history.

“I am incredibly honored and humbled to serve in this capacity,” said Josh Randle. “Miss America is a movement of empowering young women to pursue an education and achieve their dreams, and I am excited to help expand and further that important legacy as we approach our 100th anniversary.”

Eli Popicg was named the new Vice President & Chief Financial Officer of the Miss America Organization. Popicg has served as MAO’s Finance Director since 2015. Prior to joining MAO, Popicg served as Deputy Controller & Deputy to the CFO at BGR Group in Washington, DC.

“I am truly honored and grateful for the opportunity to work for this iconic organization,” said Eli Popicg, “and I very much look forward to working with Sam, Lynn, and Josh to promote and enhance the Miss America brand for many years to come.”

Headquartered in Atlantic City, New Jersey, the Miss America Organization was established in 1921 and remains today as the nation’s largest provider of scholarship assistance to young women. In 2016 – together with The Miss America Foundation – the Miss America Organization and its 52 state organizations awarded over $6 million in cash awards and in-kind tuition waivers to contestants at the local, state, and national levels.

Lynn Weidner, Chair of the MAO Board of Directors stated, “With Josh Randle as President & COO and Eli Popicg as CFO, joining our Executive Chairman & CEO Sam Haskell at the helm, I have great confidence in the future of Miss America, and I know that we can look forward to our upcoming second century with renewed energy and focus on our mission of service, scholarship, and the empowerment of America’s young women.”

Miss America 2017 Savvy Shields Stuns in Glamorous Sherri Hill Gown on Billboard Pink Carpet

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(Photo courtesy Tom Donoghue Photography)

Atlantic City, NJ (May 22, 2017) –

traveled to Las Vegas yesterday to present an award on stage at the Billboard Music Awards. She was joined on stage by The Bachelorette’s Rachel Lindsay to present the award for Top Country Song to Florida Georgia Line.

Miss America 2017 Savvy Shields
Miss America 2017 Savvy Shields

The Daily Mail showcased Savvy’s glamorous arrival on the pink carpet where she stunned in a sleek Sherri Hill gown with a plunging neckline. Savvy used her EcoTools makeup brushes to highlight her natural beauty and complete her stylish look!

Source: Miss America Organization

TICKETS ON SALE NOW FOR “THE 2018 MISS AMERICA COMPETITION” LIVE FROM ATLANTIC CITY’S BOARDWALK HALL SEPTEMBER 10TH, 2017

 FOUR-NIGHT TICKET PACKAGES
AVAILABLE NOW THROUGH TICKETMASTER

Atlantic City, NJ (May 26, 2017) – It’s time again for the countdown to the crown! Fifty-two talented contestants from across the country will compete for the title of Miss America 2018 onSunday, September 10th, 2017,  broadcast live from Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall on ABC (9:00 – 11:00p.m. /ET).There are many exciting events leading up to the final night of competition, including three nights of preliminaries on September 6th, 7th, and 8th. Four-night ticket packages to the “The 2018 Miss America Competition” are on sale now through Ticketmaster.com or by calling toll-free at 1-800-745-3000.

On Saturday, September 9th, 2017, the 52 contestants will participate in one of Miss America’s most beloved traditions, the Miss America “Show Us Your Shoes” Parade on the Atlantic City boardwalk! Parade Producer Todd Marcocci and his talented team at Under the Sun Productions have created an amazing spectacle for all to enjoy. To purchase reserved seats in our prime viewing area at Kennedy Plaza, click here: Show Us Your Shoes.

For updates on competition week events and other information, visit: www.MissAmerica.org.

Source: Miss America Organization

Miss America Announces Official Partnership with FX Group

Atlantic City, NJ (May 15, 2017) – The Miss America Organization announced today it has reached a creative deal with FX Group to produce the annual Miss America Competition Magazine.

The agreement includes the development of new multimedia content, as well as the pursuit of sponsorship opportunities from luxury lifestyle, beverage, travel, automotive, and other brands.

“We are excited to welcome FX Group as a media partner,” said Josh Randle, chief operating officer of The Miss America Organization. “FX Group has earned a stellar reputation in the custom publishing, marketing, and advertising arenas, and we look forward to putting their expertise to work for us as we prepare to celebrate our 97th anniversary in September.”

The Miss America Organization selected FX Group because of its long-standing partnerships with some of the most well-known awards shows in the entertainment industry, including the GRAMMY, Latin GRAMMY, Billboard Music, Country Music, and American Music awards. FX Group produces the official commemorative programs of these and other awards shows.

“We look forward to connecting The Miss America Organization to other iconic lifestyle brands that we have worked closely with for years,” said Kristian Krempel, president of FX Group.

The Miss America Organization, based in Atlantic City, New Jersey, is the nation’s leading advocate for women’s education and the largest provider of scholarship assistance to women.

For the latest news, be sure to follow Miss America on social media and join the conversation by using the official hashtag for the show: #MissAmerica.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/missamerica
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Join the Conversation: #MissAmerica

Tickets to “The 2018 Miss America Competition” will be available for purchase on Ticketmaster in the coming weeks.

For more information on “The 2018 Miss America Competition,” please visit the Miss America Organization’s website at www.MissAmerica.org.


About The Miss America Organization
The Miss America Organization, a 501(c)4 non-profit organization, is the nation’s leading advocate for women’s education and the largest provider of scholarship assistance to young women in the United States, awarding millions of dollars annually.  The Miss America Organization is comprised of 52 licensed organizations, including all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico. Miss America contestants contribute tens of thousands of community service hours annually and have raised over $15 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and Miss America scholarships since 2007. For more information, visit www.MissAmerica.org.

About FX Group
FX Group is a marketing and media company whose services include television and film production, events, public relations, marketing, advertising, design, and custom publishing for some of the most iconic brands including the Major League Baseball Players Association, GRAMMY Awards, American Music Awards, Emmy Awards, Billboard Music Awards, National Football League, Professional Golf Association Tours, America’s Cup, NASCAR, and the U.S. military.

 

Miss America Announces New Home at Historic Boardwalk Hall

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From Left: Jim Wynkoop, General Manager of Boardwalk Hall; Sam Haskell, Executive Chairman and CEO of The Miss America Organization; Savvy Shields, Miss America 2017; Chris Howard, Executive Director of the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA); Don Guardian, Mayor of Atlantic City; Josh Randle, Chief Operating Officer of The Miss America Organization.

Photo by Donald B. Kravitz


Atlantic City, NJ (May 10, 2017) – The Miss America Organization and the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority announced today the relocation of the Miss America Organization’s national headquarters to Historic Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.

“In 2013, the Miss America Competition returned to its home in Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall, and today, we are pleased to make the same announcement for the Miss America Organization,” said Josh Randle, COO of the Miss America Organization. “As we prepare for this year’s competition in September, we are thrilled to relocate our national headquarters to Boardwalk Hall, where so much of Miss America’s history has taken place.”

Originally known as Convention Hall, Boardwalk Hall was completed in 1929 and was declared a U.S. National Historic Landmark in 1987. The Miss America Competition, founded in 1921 in Atlantic City, was held in Boardwalk Hall consecutively from 1940 until 2004 and from 2013 to date.

“Historic Boardwalk Hall is the perfect home for the national offices of the Miss America Organization. We are excited to welcome them as a tenant and look forward to this year’s Competition” said Casino Reinvestment Development Authority Executive Director, Chris Howard.
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Following an official ribbon cutting in Kennedy Plaza, guests were invited to tour the offices. The reception area is adorned with historic photos and memorabilia from the 1920’s, as well as one-of-a-kind charcoal portraits of former Miss America’s by renowned American artist Everett Raymond Kinstler – whose official portraits also include Presidents Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, and Ronald Reagan.

Miss America 2017, Savvy Shields of Fayetteville, Arkansas, was the most recent Miss America to be crowned in Boardwalk Hall. The 2018 Miss America Competition and 97th anniversary celebration will broadcast live from Boardwalk Hall on Sunday, September 10th on ABC.


Source: The Miss America Organization
The Miss America Organization, a 501(c)4 non-profit organization, is the nation’s leading advocate for women’s education and the largest provider of scholarship assistance to young women in the United States, awarding millions of dollars annually.  The Miss America Organization is comprised of 52 licensed organizations, including all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico. Miss America contestants contribute tens of thousands of community service hours annually and have raised over $15 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and Miss America scholarships since 2007. For more information, visit www.MissAmerica.org.

About The Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA)
The only agency of its kind nationwide, the CRDA has used Atlantic City casino reinvestments as a catalyst for meaningful, positive improvement in the lives of New Jersey residents since 1984. Under the 2011 Tourism District Act, the Authority’s mission evolved from statewide projects to becoming the state’s key economic development agency for Atlantic City. CRDA’s expanded responsibilities now include land use regulation, tourism marketing and clean and safe initiatives. The CRDA also oversees Historic Boardwalk Hall (the leading entertainment venue of its size in the country) and the Atlantic City Convention Center. In total, CRDA has invested nearly $2 billion in more than 400 projects statewide, of which $1.8 billion has been invested in Atlantic City, spurring business investments and expansions, and creating permanent jobs in the process.

 

Miss America Serves 2017 The 3rd Annual National Day of Service Incentive Awards Announcement $192,000 Raised!

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National Day of Service
Incentive Awards Announcement

Atlantic City, NJ (April 26, 2017) – We promised great fanfare when we announced our Miss America Serves Incentive Awards. And, with the phenomenal results of $192,000 raised, it is with incredible gratitude that we declare the winners with trumpets sounding!

Top Individual Fundraising

#1)  MAOTeen contestant, Shae Smith, Missouri’s Miss Greater Springfield Outstanding Teen 2017, took her love of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, dancing, and fundraising to establish her undisputed lead early on with a monumental $10,614 raised.

#2)  In Texas, Spencer Davis, Miss Allen 2017, deserves accolades for her amazing work, adding $8,025 to Miss America Serves’ donations! With zest and faith in a bright, healthy future for children everywhere, Spencer shined a bright light of hope.

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Savvy Shields Twitter post

#3)  Tennessee’s Peyton Wilson, Miss Watauga Valley 2017, kept her “eye on the prize” as she energetically organized events to reach her fundraising goal, realizing exceptional donations of $6,475 to benefit CMN Hospitals and Miss America State Scholarships.

#4)  Justine Kerr, Miss Louisiana 2016, shared her day filled with the MLOTeen competition, their Louisiana state meeting, and one more important item on the agenda that morning, serving with the Miss Louisiana contestants at the Northeast Louisiana food bank! Justine raised an awesome $5,000 for Miss America Serves.

#5)   Miss Arkansas 2016, Savannah Skidmore, also raised a fantastic $5,000 and graciously praised service and sisterhood as the key to making Miss America Serves a success! Savannah’s expression of love and sacrifice is the heart of our National Day of Service.

I’m sure all will agree that the fanfare is well-deserved for everyone who participated and raised funds for Miss America Serves, especially these top five winners and their generous contributions of time and love that helped make the day great.

Each of our Top Five Individual Fundraisers will be honored with a $1,000 scholarship award for their remarkable achievements!

The fanfare continues as we announce our states that pledged to reach a Miss America Serves $5,000 goal, and then affirmatively determined that more was better. Each of our top five states, listed below, raised well over $5,000 and even surpassed $10,000! Their social media posts and messages echoed the same note of love and sacrifice, with great joy for the success of Miss America Serves.

Top Five States Fundraising

#1)   The Miss Missouri Team, captained by Miss Missouri 2016, Erin O’Flaherty, and her crew of fifty-eight participants, raised a record smashing $21,319!!  Erin and her splendid team collected donations until the cutoff on April 21st, after establishing a wide lead early on.  Determined to run a race to the finish full-out, they led as the famous Secretariat, at full speed until the race ended.

#2)   In our nation’s capital, the DC contestant team led by Miss District of Columbia 2016, Cierra Jackson, maintained a strong edge throughout Miss America Serves, and decisively preserved their spot on the leaderboard, while serving our military veterans and the miracle champions at National Children’s Hospital on that special day. Raising an incredible $14,201, their fortitude is a testament to the Miss America Serves’ mission.

#3)   Hayley Barber, Miss Alabama 2016, and her five contestant teams worked with various Habitat for Humanity programs throughout the state—raising funds for CMN Hospitals and building homes for the displaced and Alabama’s children to reach the memorable amount of $13,578.

#4)   The Miss Texas Serves Team, one hundred and ten participants strong, sailed into fourth place with the tenacity to serve presented by their Miss and Outstanding Teen contestants! Adding $13,065 to the Miss America Serves total, Miss Texas 2016, Caroline Carothers, messaged their joy at serving for the children of  the Ronald McDonald House in her Facebook post, remarking on the sweetness of a journey that brings smiles to children.

#5)  Team Kentucky’s own Hannah Robb, Miss Capital City 2017, and a former patient undergoing several surgeries in a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, is forever indebted to their research and skill. Along with Miss Kentucky 2016, Laura Jones, the Kentucky Team displayed their service commitment as they brought the gifts of friendship and entertainment to the residents of Meadowthorpe Assisted Living, raising a grand total of $10,301 for Miss America Serves.

Each of our Top Five States will receive first placement in the ticket lottery for their State Organizations at the 2018 Miss America Competition this September in Atlantic City.
These are the champions of Miss America Serves, but there are still many more heroes, as we send a triumphant shout-out to all of our states, especially those achieving their $5,000 pledge. In return, we pledge you our eternal gratitude and thank you all for the sensational success that is Miss America Serves!

Source: Miss America Organization

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The Miss America Foundation Ranked #1 of 10 Biggest Scholarship Providers in the World

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Above: Savvy Shields, Miss America 2017, delivering the keynote address at
El Dorado High School’s Academic Signing Day
Photo Courtesy Greg Owens Photography

Atlantic City, NJ (April 27, 2017) – The Miss America Foundation is proud to announce its recent ranking by TheBestColleges.org as number one out of the 10 Biggest Scholarship Providers in the World!

The Miss America Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization — together with the Miss America Organization and its 52 licensed organizations — is the nation’s leading advocate for women’s education and the largest provider of scholarship assistance to young women in the United States, awarding millions of dollars annually in cash awards and in-kind tuition waivers. The Miss America Foundation strives to empower young women to achieve their academic and career goals by providing quality scholarship assistance.

The Miss America Foundation offers academic and community-based scholarships for undergraduate and graduate studies, as well as endowed scholarships for those young women attending medical school, working in special areas for military service awareness, and in the performing arts.

While traveling the country as an advocate for education, Savvy Shields, Miss America 2017, visited Arkansas yesterday to deliver the keynote address at El Dorado High School’s Academic Signing Day. With an audience of more than 300 students, Savvy shared the importance of education and what it has meant to her to receive over $90,000 in scholarship assistance through participating in the Miss America Organization.

“The Miss America mission of scholarship and success is shared each day at the local, state, and national levels of our program thanks to our volunteers,” said Josh Randle, COO of the Miss America Organization and Secretary of the Board of The Miss America Foundation. “Since 1945, scholarship has been at the forefront of the Miss America movement, and we are proud to continue the legacy of empowering young women across the country to pursue an education and fulfill their dreams.”

Source: Miss America Organization

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Miss America 2017 Savvy Shields Named Honorary Chair and Statewide Ambassador of Healthy Active Arkansas

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Miss America 2017 Savvy Shields discusses her platform, “Eat Better, Live Better,” with Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson in the Capitol, March 3rd, 2017.

 

Atlantic City, NJ (May 1, 2017) – Governor Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas announced today the appointment of Miss America 2017, Savvy Shields, as the Honorary Chair and Statewide Ambassador of Healthy Active Arkansas, an initiative that is helping to provide a framework for Arkansans to lead healthier lifestyles and ultimately increase the number of people at a healthy weight.

“Savvy will do an outstanding job as the Honorary Chair and Statewide Ambassador of Healthy Active Arkansas,” said Gov. Hutchinson. “The important health care goals of this initiative can only be made possible by the joint effort of communities and individuals statewide, and I am pleased that our very own Miss America 2017 is passionate about  making a difference to encourage healthy lifestyles in our state. “

In March 2017, Savvy visited the Arkansas State Capitol and had the opportunity to meet with Gov. Hutchinson to discuss her platform, “Eat Better, Live Better,” which aims to encourage everyone to be proactive in choosing a healthier and happier way of life.

The Healthy Active Arkansas initiative is organized by a Board of Directors, 9 Priority Teams, and hundreds of volunteers. Savvy is thrilled to utilize her knowledge, experience, and personal platform to support this initiative in her home state.

“I am ecstatic to be named the Honorary Chair for the Healthy Active Arkansas initiative,” said Savvy Shields, Miss America 2017. “Health is such an important part of my life, and it is an honor to be able to use my platform, “Eat Better, Live Better,” to help advocate for real change in my home state.”

For more information on Healthy Active Arkansas, visit www.healthyactive.org.

 

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