January 11, 2014 at 10:42 AM
Miss America Organization’s Chairman and CEO, Sam Haskell, Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri and newly elected Mayor of Atlantic City, Don Guardian announced the date of the world’s most famous scholarship competition for young women in its New Jersey birthplace, Atlantic City. Haskell announced the date for the beloved competition will be Sunday, September 14, 2014, live on ABC at 9 PM EST. The official announcement was made with Casino Reinvestment Development Authority’s (CRDA) Executive Director, John Palmieri, the Atlantic City Alliance's (ACA) President, Liza Cartmell, and Miss America Organization’s President, Sharon Pearce.
Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri was present to share in the excitement of the announcement of the competition’s where she was the first Miss America crowned upon the organization’s historic return to Atlantic City in September 2013. Davuluri joined city officials for the date announcement as she made visits throughout the city, including a stop at Atlantic City High School to meet with students to encourage them to follow their dreams through a solid education. Davuluri plans to attend Medical School by using her Miss America Scholarship.
The Miss America Competitions return home in September and will be filled with wonderful city- wide events following the Labor Day weekend which will include three nights of Preliminary Competitions that will take place September 9th, 10th, and 11th at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall. In addition, the much anticipated Miss America “Show Us Your Shoes Parade” will be held on the famed Atlantic City Boardwalk on Saturday, September 13th.
Sam Haskell stated, “We plan to proudly showcase the beauty of Atlantic City and Miss America together once again on ABC. The country embraced our return to our birthplace which was evident last September, with the best television ratings in over 9 years. Nearly 10 million viewers tuned in to see Nina Davuluri crowned as the first Miss America of Indian descent. We are excited as plans unfold for a new television event and we are so thrilled to build on the success of being home in Atlantic City!”
“The Governor’s team brought Miss America back to Atlantic City where it belongs, “said John Palmieri, CRDA Executive Director. “The power of the Miss America brand and its positive economic impacts have empowered us to promote Atlantic City’s appeal as a tourism destination, beyond gaming.”
The Atlantic City Alliance President Liza Cartmell stated, “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.”
Tickets for the 2015 Miss America Competition will go on sale in the Spring. Watch for the sale date by visiting the Miss America Organization’s website: www.missamerica.org or Miss America’s facebook page www.facebook.com/MissAmericaOrganization.
Last Year, CRDA finalized the multi-year agreement that brought Miss America back to Atlantic City. The CRDA and the ACA all played key roles in forging the agreement that will continue to spotlight and attract even more tourists from around the world to America’s premier gaming and vacation destination.
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. The Miss America Foundation, Inc., an outgrowth of the Miss America Organization, Inc., the world's largest provider of scholarship assistance for young women, provides academic, community service and other scholarships to women between the ages of 17 and 24. Last year, the Miss America Foundation, together with the Miss America Organization and its state and local pageant organizations made available more than $45 million in total scholarship assistance.
The only agency of its kind nationwide- the CRDA has used Atlantic City casino reinvestment as a catalyst for meaningful, positive improvement in the lives of New Jersey residents statewide, investing nearly $2 billion in more than 400 projects statewide. Under the 2011Tourism District legislation, CRDA responsibilities have expanded to include Land Use Regulation, Clean and Safe initiatives, attracting and retaining conventions and meetings at the Atlantic City Convention Center and Boardwalk Hall and partnership with the Atlantic City Alliance to market and attract visitors to Atlantic City.
Revel has taken gaming to the next level in 2014 by launching a new loyalty card. It’s a simple, easy to understand program where tier points are earned faster with all new member benefits. Revel Card holders now earn resort dollars throughout the property; receive special perks; complimentary offers and invitations to shows and events just for doing what they enjoy –playing, staying, partying or even relaxing at the spa. In addition, unlike most casinos in Atlantic City, Revel Card members never have to worry about conversion; every resort dollar equals $1 throughout the resort and can be redeemed for gaming, hotel stays, dining, shopping, entertainment and spa visits.
An additional benefit of the new Revel Card is access to one, or all, of the all-new, luxurious Players’ Lounges. The Revel Lounge, Premier Lounge and Loft 44 are now welcoming players looking for a private oasis to unwind from the action. Loft 44 is located on the 44th floor of the hotel, offering special guests the opportunity to enjoy a snack or cocktail without having to leave the hotel tower. The lounges feature extensive food and beverage selections daily as they showcase a new level of luxury at Revel.
Relish, the recently expanded casual 24-hour eatery, appeals to all players especially those looking to make a fortune and not spend one. Relish serves an all-day menu, designed for “a diner with a pedigree” and includes hearty breakfast dishes, homemade pastas, savory burgers, fresh sandwiches, salads, and soups—along with classic comfort foods like meat loaf and turkey dinner all year long. The newly expanded Relish serves as a popular dining destination for guests on all levels of the new Revel Card.
The former Revel Card program will be automatically entered into the new program. To sign up, or to inquire about current Revel Card status, guests can visit the Revel Card Desk. For more information on the new Revel Card and for complete details and rules of all promotions, visit the Revel Card desk or go online to www.revelcasino.com.
A grandmother from Egg Harbor Township and her 8-year-old granddaughter join singers from throughout the region gearing up for a rescheduled performance of The Messiah, produced by The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and set forSunday, Jan. 26.
Karen Aspenberg and her granddaughter, Myranda, who live in Egg Harbor Township, are looking forward to being part of the 7:30 p.m. performance of Handel’s masterpiece at the Xanadu Theater at Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City.
“We were actually on our way to dress rehearsal (Dec. 8) when we were told it was canceled,” Aspenberg recalled.”Myranda cried. But now she’s excited that we’re going to have it again.”
Aspenberg, who sings in a gospel choir at church, has been singing in Stockton’s “Messiah’ for several years, and this is Myranda’s first time. “I love the music, I just enjoy the community coming together,” said Aspenberg.
Beverly Vaughn, professor of Music at Stockton and director of the Stockton Chorale & Oratorio Society, said, "We feel so fortunate and excited to have another opportunity to present this magnificent work - now at the beginning of a new year! The enthusiasm and sound of the choir members who sang during our first rehearsal last Monday night (Jan. 6) brought tears to my eyes.”
She invited members of the public who want to participate to come to rehearsals or attend the show
“I believe this performance will be very special with deep meaning for our entire community," Vaughn said.
The production brings together people from all over the region, including Preston Forchion, owner of one of the deepest bass voices you’ll ever hear. “People come up to me in restaurants and say, “I love your voice,’ ” he said. “My wife finds it annoying sometimes.”
For more information about participating in the performance, please contact Brian Lyons in the School of Arts and Humanities atBrian.Lyons@stockton.edu, (609) 652-4891.
Tickets previously purchased for the concert canceled due to snow will be re-issued.
Tickets are $8-$12 and are available at Stockton’s Performing Arts Center Box Office at (609) 652-9000 or online at the PAC. The Box Office is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the M-Wing of the college’s main campus at 101 Vera King Farris Drive, Galloway, NJ
Tickets will also be available at the door of the Xanadu Theater in Trump Taj Mahal on the night of the performance. A portion of the proceeds will benefit scholarships for Stockton students.