Kentucky Derby week was full of exciting activities and pre-derby events for Miss America 2013 Mallory Hagan, sponsored by Miss America’s wardrobe provider, Joseph Ribkoff. Some of the fashion events and special highlights included Mallory stepping into the spotlight, walking the red carpets and conducting media interviews along with her Miss America sister Heather French Henry, Miss America 2000.
Miss America, joined by many other celebrities, was in Louisville, Kentucky for a very special week that kicked off with the Derby Festival’s oldest tradition, the Pegasus Parade.
Mallory was greeted by Kentucky Governor Beshear and joined TV stars who shared the spotlight with distinguished military veterans on floats and inflatable characters. Over 275,000 fans lined the parade route and were thrilled to see Miss America!
The week was topped off by Mallory attending the renowned Julep Ball, a fundraiser that supports local Louisville communities and on Saturday she celebrated one of the country’s most cherished traditions, the Kentucky Derby, at the beloved Churchill Downs. She mingled with stars and had an opportunity to enjoy the festivities that captured the spirit of this great tradition.
In keeping with Miss America’s altruistic mission, Miss America made time to give back to the community. In support of Mallory’s personal platform, she visited Boys and Girls Haven who transform the lives of abandoned, abused and neglected children.
On behalf of Joseph Ribkoff, Miss America presented the nonprofit with a donation and in honor of Mallory’s visit, Boys and Girls Haven also held a fundraising breakfast, “Save the Day 4 Kids” which raised over $27,000.
Capping off the event was a special presentation of the Boys and Girls Haven’s Hero Award to the Miss America Organization for our efforts in child advocacy.
Mallory is now off to another whirlwind week with her next stop in Dallas, Texas for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and then off to New York City for the Forbes Woman’s Summit where she will focus on STEM education.
- Photos courtesy of the Miss America Organization
View Miss America pageant results for the January 2013 pageant
About the Miss America Pageant
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 cash and scholarship assistance. Website: www.missamerica.org
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