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Miss America Serves 2017 the 3rd Annual National Day of Service – Saturday, April 8th

Atlantic City, NJ (February 23, 2017) – Saturday, April 8th will mark the third annual Miss America Serves event sponsored by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
The impact of last year’s efforts succeeded in surpassing the previous year, as our state titleholders and contestants blanketed the country, touching lives everywhere with kindness and dedication.  Those efforts made a significant difference to the people residing in our cities and towns across the country, while raising funds to continue the compassionate work of CMN Hospitals.  And, as we recognize and acknowledge that success, this year we are determined to increase the commitment to the children the CMN Hospitals serve.
Led by Miss America 2017, Savvy Shields, contestants and volunteers will perform countless acts of kindness and ask their friends, family, and social networks to donate to the Miss America State Scholarship funds and to local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

During this year’s Miss America Serves, we are challenging all our states to fully participate, and help us reach a new goal, by pledging to raise a minimum of $5,000 per state. If every state could rally all their contestants — at the Miss and the MAOTeen level — to form teams to showcase the Miss America spirit of service and giving, it would allow us to demonstrate our dedication to this commitment.

We’d also love to showcase any personal CMN Hospitals stories and/or experiences our contestants can share. Please forward directly to [email protected] or upload to the MAS Project Form below. 

Here is what we need you to do to prepare for this amazing event:

1. Fill out this form: Click Here Why? Filling out this form will assist our media team in promoting these efforts: We understand that your event may not be finalized; however, we need to present as much information available to date for potential media opportunities.

2. Register your team(s) at MissAmericaServes.org Why? This is your public facing website to accept donations during your service activity.  If your team is not listed, the public will not be able to contribute to your state scholarship funds and local children’s hospitals.

3. Start creating social buzz and let’s get Miss America Serves trending!  You can begin to create the momentum by tweeting and posting Facebook updates to your social networks. Be a part of the conversation by using the hashtag #MissAmericaServes and your state #STATEABBREVIATION (#AR, #CA, #NY, #TX, etc.) together in the same post on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Please note, it is very important that you use the correct #two-letter postal abbreviation.

Open the link below to see Savvy as she officially opens the 3rd Annual Miss  America Serves Donor Site for all! 

Savvy Presents Miss America Serves

4. Click here to order your Miss America Serves t-shirt to create a united front for your team and event!

This is a tremendous event for all involved with Miss America and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. We can’t wait for the day and know that you share in our excitement. To recognize your achievements, we are awarding incentives again to those who meet milestones while promoting Miss America Serves.
The top five (5) Miss America contestants who raise the most funds for Miss America Serves will each earn a $1,000 scholarship from the Miss America Organization and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
The top five (5) State Organizations that raise the most funds for Miss America Serves will receive first placement in the ticket lottery for their State Organizations at the 2018 Miss America Competition this September.

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Screenshot 2016-12-08 12.32.02.pngAtlantic City, NJ (December 9, 2016) – This week, Miss America 2017 Savvy Shields traveled the country to participate in ribbon cutting ceremonies for Gray Television stations in Davenport, IA, Green Bay, WI, and Sioux Falls, SD.

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Savvy had the opportunity to tour the set of the new KSFY station in Sioux Falls  with Gray Television’s EVP Kevin Latek and also attended a meet and greet with the station staff. Later, Savvy received some happy holiday news that brought her to Sanford Hospital where she met with her youngest fan.


Worthing, SD, couple Molly and Jay Scheidt welcomed their first child  on Monday night. A lifelong fan of the Miss America Competition, Molly was tuned in to ABC live when Savvy won the title this past September in Atlantic City. Molly said she knew immediately the name she wanted for her daughter – Savvy.

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Such a small world to end a whirlwind week in the life of Miss America. Savvy was delighted to participate in the Gray Television openings and was so pleased to welcome the newest member of the Sheidt Family as the holiday season draws near.

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Visit the Miss America Shop to purchase the 2017 Miss America Contestant Interview DVD! The DVD includes judges interviews with Miss America 2017 Savvy Shields, Miss South Carolina Rachel Wyatt, Miss Washington Alicia Cooper, Miss Florida Courtney Sexton, Miss New York Camille Sims, Miss Mississippi Laura Lee Lewis, and Miss Nebraska Aleah Peters

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 $14 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and Miss America scholarships since 2007.

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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.
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!

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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Miss America 2017 Savvy Shields upcoming TV appearances!

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Miss America 2017 Savvy Shields taking part in the traditional toe dip
in Atlantic City wearing a dress by Joseph Ribkoff the morning after her crowning.
(Miss America Organization/Bruce V. Boyajian)

Tune-in to catch Miss America 2017 Savvy Shields as she continues on her first media tour since capturing the crown!

KTLA – Live
Associated Press TV
The Insider
InStyle Facbeook Live @ 2:30 pm

Premiere / iheart Radio
Mario Lopez
Hallmark’s Home & Family

*Subject to change, check your local listings*

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Miss Arkansas, Savvy Shields, crowned Miss America 2017


Photo: Miss America Organization/Bruce V. Boyajian

Atlantic City, NJ (September 12, 2016) – Miss Arkansas, Savvy Janine Shields, was crowned Miss America 2017 tonight at the birthplace of the legendary competition in Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall for its 96th Anniversary broadcast on the ABC Television Network. Returning for his 8th time as host, Chris Harrison was joined by co-host Sage Steele and celebrity judges Ciara, Mark Cuban, Gabby Douglas, Sara Foster, Laura Marano, Cole Swindell and Miss America 1985 Sharlene Wells Hawkes. The evening included a 9/11 tribute in honor of the 15th anniversary.

Shields’ 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 2017. She will embark on her national speaking tour about her platform, Eat Better, Live Better 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 the Miss America Organization.

Shields is a student at the University of Arkansas. During her year as Miss America she will serve as a spokesperson for Eat Better, Live Better. Along with the coveted title of Miss America 2017, Shields won a $50,000 scholarship provided in part by Joseph Ribkoff Inc. and the Miss America Organization to continue her education. For the talent portion of the competition, Shields performed a jazz dance to “They Just Keep Moving The Line” from the American drama series Smash.

The first runner-up in the competition was Miss South Carolina Rachel Wyatt who earned a $25,000 scholarship. Her talent was dance and her personal platform is Autism Speaks. The second runner-up is Miss New York Camille Sims and received a $20,000 scholarship.  Her talent was jazz vocal, and her personal platform is Encouraging Wellness and Fostering Food Justice. Third runner-up Miss Washington Alicia Nicole Cooper received a $15,000 scholarship. Her talent was tap dance and her platform is Live on Purpose: Defining Your Legacy. Fourth runner up Miss Mississippi Laura Lee Lewis was awarded a $10,000. Her talent was vocal and her platform is Mentoring Matters.

The 52 contestants, who represented all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, participated in preliminary competitions earlier in the week. Miss Kentucky Laura Katherine Jones was the winner of “America’s Choice,” an online competition where viewers were given the opportunity to vote for their favorite Miss America 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 America Organization and its 52 state organizations award millions in cash and in-kind scholarships annually. The Miss 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. Tony Eaton and Tall Pony Productions produced the “2017 Miss America Competition.”

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