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 Lincoln Pearce (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 Maker Award – 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 Competition will 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!


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 51 licensed organizations, including all 50 states and the District of Columbia. 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

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