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.
#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!
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 CMNHospitals.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.