Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Miss America visited four DFW Wal-Mart stores for charity
The appearances kicked off Children's Miracle Network Hospital's 2013 fundraiser, which benefits local patients at Children's Medical Center.
Mallory Hagan, Miss America 2013, spent Tuesday visiting Wal-Mart stores in Carrollton and Highland Village and a Sam's Club in Lewisville as the national ambassador for the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.
The beauty signed autographs and posed with children and others at the Wal-Mart Neighborhood Store on Old Denton Road and the Wal-Mart on Trinity Mills Road in Carrollton, and at a Wal-Mart in Highland Village and the Sam's Club in Lewisville.
Hagan, who was Miss New York before being crowned Miss America 2013 at a pageant on the Las Vegas Strip in Nevada last January, is visiting as many Wal-Marts and Sam's Clubs as possible in order to kick off this year's fundraiser for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals (CMNH).
Angela Bynum, CMNH sponsor relations representative, said the stores in Lewisville, Highland Village, and Carrollton were chosen as places for Miss America to visit, partly because of the high goals they have set for the campaign, which began Tuesday and concludes June 21.
She said the Wal-Mart on Trinity Mills set a goal of $30,000 and the one in Highland Village set a goal of $10,000.
“I am excited that our store was one that was chosen for Miss America to visit,” said Paige McClinton, manager of the Wal-Mart Neighborhood Store in Carrollton.
Bynum said the four stores were among the few in the Dallas market chosen to be stores to be visited by Miss America.
“There are 94 Wal-Mart stores in the Dallas market,” she said, “which extends all the way north to Denison and south to Palestine.”
She said the Wal-Marts in Carrollton will be raising funds for Children's Medical Center in Dallas, and the Wal-Marts in Lewisville and Highland Village will be raising funds for Cook Children's Hospital in Fort Worth. Both are CMNH hospitals.
Wal-Marts and Sam's Clubs have been supporting Children's Miracle Network Hospitals for more than 25 years, starting under the leadership of Sam Walton, Wal-Mart founder. During that time, they have raised multiplied millions for the children's hospitals.
Last year alone, Wal-Mart and Sam's Club associates throughout the United States raised $40 million during the six-week campaign.
When customers check out, they are asked if they would like to make a donation to the Children's Miracle Network.
“We couldn't do it without the generosity of the customers,” Bynum said.
The Miss America organization is also a strong supporter of CMNH. In addition to assisting Wal-Marts in raising funds, the organization requires anyone entering a Miss America Contest to raise a minimum of $100 to contribute to CMNH and the Miss America Scholarship Fund, in addition to their entrance fee.
Bynum said, “Because funds donated to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals stay in the community, when you donate, you're helping kids near you.”
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