Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri Serving as Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals National Goodwill Ambassador

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Former Miss New York Nina Davuluri will spend her year as Miss America advocating for 170 children's hospitals across North America. On Oct. 9, Davuluri will meet the "Champion" children ambassadors of Children's Miracle Network Hospitals as they travel to Orlando, Fla. and Washington, D.C. to illustrate why local support is needed to help sick and injured kids.

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Davuluri will spend the next year advocating for children's hospitals

Our partnership with the Miss America Organization has provided millions in funds for our member hospitals — and awareness at the local, state and national levels of why our member hospitals need community support.

Sunday night saw the crowning of Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri and a new national spokesperson for why children’s hospitals need charitable support. As Miss America Organization’s official national platform, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals is proud to welcome Davuluri as its National Goodwill Ambassador.

Davuluri will spend Oct. 9-15 advocating for critical work of children’s hospitals by meeting the 56 U.S. Champions ambassadors of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Chosen each year from every state, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico, Champions put a face to the millions of children treated every year for illness, injury and diseases at the charity’s 170 member hospitals across North America.

Champions will travel to Florida then Washington, D.C., where they traditionally have met with sitting U.S. presidents at the White House. Davuluri will also begin her year of visiting member CMN Hospitals on Oct. 14, and next year will advocate for the charity’s many national fundraising events and campaigns.

“We are elated to have Nina as our new National Goodwill Ambassador, and we applaud her commitment to education, diversity awareness, and aspirations to become a physician following her year of service as Miss America,” said John Lauck, president and CEO of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. “Our partnership with the Miss America Organization has provided millions in funds for our member hospitals — and awareness at the local, state and national levels of why our member hospitals need community support. Nina will be instrumental in guiding this message during the next 12 months.”

Miss America’s partnership with CMN Hospitals also extends to all young women competing at the local, state and national levels of the competition. As part of its service initiative, the Miss America Organization requires each participating contestant to raise funds on behalf of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and the Miss America Scholarship Program.

To learn more about the Miss America Organization and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ partnership — and to donate to your local hospital on behalf of a contestant — visit http://www.MissAmericaforKids.org.

Miracle Maker Scholarships Announced:
As part of the Miss America competition proceedings in Atlantic City, three Miracle Maker scholarship awards of $5,000 each were presented for exceptional fundraising at the state level. Miss South Carolina Brooke Mosteller and the Miss South Carolina Organization received all three scholarship awards, representing an outstanding commitment to the state’s Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

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About Children's Miracle Network Hospitals:
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® raises funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across the U.S. and Canada. Donations stay local to fund critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $4.7 billion, most of it $1 at a time through the charity's Miracle Balloon icon. Its various fundraising partners and programs support the nonprofit's mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Find out why children's hospitals need community support, and learn about your member hospital, at http://www.CMNHospitals.org and http://www.facebook.com/CMNHospitals.

About the Miss America Organization:
The Miss America Organization is one of the nation's leading achievement programs and the world's largest provider of scholarship assistance for young women. Last year, the Miss America Organization and its state and local organizations made available more than $45 million in scholarships. Learn more at http://www.MissAmerica.org.

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