Miss America 2015 Kira Kazantsev Takes On Role as Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals National Goodwill Ambassador

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Former Miss New York Kira Kazantsev will spend her year as Miss America advocating for 170 children's hospitals across North America, encouraging folks to “put their money where the miracles are” to help local hospitalized kids.

Miss America 2015 Kira Kazantsev

“We’re so proud to have Kira as our newest spokesperson and a national advocate for the 10 million children who receive treatment at Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals annually." -- John Lauck, president and CEO of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Sunday night saw the crowning of Miss America 2015 Kira Kazantsev and ushered in 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 welcoming Kazantsev as its newest National Goodwill Ambassador.

Kazantsev’s year in service will see her at member Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across the U.S., visiting with patients and learning how locally donated funds are providing medical equipment, programs, research and charitable care.

On Nov. 9, Kazantsev will gather in Washington, D.C. with the 52 Champion ambassadors of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, meeting a child from each state as they embark on a weeklong Ambassador Tour through the nation’s capital and Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Following the “Champions” week, Kazantsev will spend the next year supporting the charity’s many national fundraising campaigns and events.

“We’re so proud to have Kira as our newest spokesperson and a national advocate for the 10 million children who receive treatment at Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals annually,” said John Lauck, president and CEO of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. “Our partnership with the Miss America Organization allows for a network of spokeswomen at the local, state and national levels to educate the public that children's hospitals need local funds to continue providing the absolute best in care. Kira will be essential to leading this message during the next 12 months as she takes to the airwaves and shares her hospital experiences via social media.”

The Miss America Organization’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. The efforts have resulted in more than $10 million raised since 2007.

As part of the Miss America competition proceedings in Atlantic City, five Miracle Maker Awards were presented for exceptional fundraising at the state level. Contestants Miss South Carolina Lanie Hudson (awarded $5,000), Miss Georgia Maggie Bridges (awarded $3,000) and Miss Louisiana Lacey Sanchez (awarded $2,000) received scholarships for individual fundraising, while the Miss South Carolina and Miss District of Columbia organizations received scholarship awards for highest amount raised and highest average raised, respectively.

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.

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 $5 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, identify your member hospital and learn how you can Put Your Money Where the Miracles Are, at http://www.CMNHospitals.org and http://www.facebook.com/CMNHospitals.

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