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Miss America Hits Her Stride at the 139th Kentucky Derby

Tuesday, 07 May 2013 08:19

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 special week that kicked off with the Derby Festival’s oldest tradition, the Pegasus Parade. Mallory was greeted by Gov. Steve Beshear and joined TV stars who shared the spotlight with distinguished military veterans on floats and inflatable characters. More than 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. 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 its altruistic mission, Miss America made time to give back to the community. In support of her personal platform Mallory visited Boys and Girls Haven, which transforms 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 more than $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 outstanding efforts in child advocacy.

Mallory is now in the midst of 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.

Source and photos: Miss America Organization