Photo by Donald B. Kravitz
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.