Date set for Miss America 2015

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Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri is crowned Sept. 15 at Boardwalk Hall by Miss America 2013 Mallory Hytes Hagan. It marked the triumphant return of the pageant to Atlantic City. Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri is crowned Sept. 15 at Boardwalk Hall by Miss America 2013 Mallory Hytes Hagan. It marked the triumphant return of the pageant to Atlantic City.  ATLANTIC CITY-- Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri earned her crown just four months ago, but already plans are in the works for the woman who will follow in her footsteps. With great fanfare on Friday, Jan. 9, Miss America was joined by Sam Haskell, CEO of the Miss America Organization, newly-elected Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian, Casino Reinvestment Development Authority Executive Director John Palmieri, Atlantic City Alliance President Liza Cartmell, and Miss America Organization President Sharon Pearce at the Atlantic City Sheraton to announce the date for the pageant and events leading up to the crowning later this year.

The Miss America Pageant will be broadcast live on ABC beginning at 9 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 14. The beloved Show Us Your Shoes Parade will be held on the Atlantic City Boardwalk on Saturday, Sept. 13. Preliminary competitions will be held Tuesday, Sept. 9 through Thursday Sept. 11 at Boardwalk Hall.

The Miss America Pageant returned home to its birthplace in Atlantic City in 2013 after a five-year hiatus. It took some work to get the pageant back to where it began in 1921 with the crowning of Margaret Gorman on the Garden Pier.

It was Atlantic County Executive Dennis Levinson who got the ball rolling a year ago to return the pageant to its roots. He made a call to Governor Chris Christie, who put Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno on the case to win the pageant back. On Valentine's Day 2013, Guadagno made the announcement of the pageant's return from inside historic Boardwalk Hall.

Haskell said the 2013 pageant brought the best TV ratings for the broadcast in nine years. Roughly 10 million viewers tuned in to see Davuluri, who as Miss New York performed a Bollywood Fusion dance routine during the talent portion, crowned by Miss America 2013 Mallory Hytes Hagan.

Liza Cartmell said, "Not only was Miss America a huge ratings hit, it was driver of enormous positive publicity for Atlantic City. Much of the media who covered Miss America equated the competition's return to Atlantic City as one symbol of the city's great comeback. It also effectively demonstrated that Atlantic City offers more than just gaming."

 The pageant will be celebrating a milestone with the Sept. 14, 2014 broadcast. It will be the 60th year the Miss America pageant has been televised. Haskell said the broadcast will acknowledge that longevity.

 The Miss America Organization is the largest scholarship provider for women in the country. Davuluri has been very open saying that what initially attracted her to consider competing in the pageant, starting at the local level and advancing to represent the state of New York, was the opportunity for scholarships. Davuluri will return to Syracuse University after her year as Miss America is complete. She aspires to put the money she earned toward medical school as she hopes to be a physician.

Tickets will go on sale sometime in the spring. Visit www.missamerica.org for more information.

 

 


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