Miss America has been an Atlantic City mainstay since 1921. As the Miss America Organization and Atlantic city approach the 100th year “Anniversary,” their partnership seems to be back on track and perhaps, stronger than ever.
The Miss America Organization moved to Las Vegas for a few years but returned “to its home” three years ago. Returning to open an office in Linwood, New Jersey the Miss America organization has made the final move and returned their offices to Atlantic City on June 1st, 2015 to the Claridge Hotel.
The “Ribbon Cutting Ceremony took place in the park across the street from the Claridge Hotel, the new home of the Miss America Organization. The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was hosted by Miss America herself, Kira Kazantsev, along with members of the National Staff and Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno, on Wednesday, July 22, 2015.
“As we look for a vision of a better Atlantic City, you build on your past. You want to keep what was great. Certainly the home of Miss America is something that Atlantic City is known for,” said Mayor Don Guardian.
According to Sam Haskell, Executive Chairman of the Miss America Organization, also hopes the pageant stays here. “While negotiations continue, it is my hope we stay in Atlantic City.”
Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno who played a major role in the returning of Miss America to Atlantic City in 2013, told the press conference audience, “This city has a future. It has a better future today than it did last year. It has hope, and Miss America is a vital, critical part of that.”
Quickly adding, “So we will continue to fight to convince Miss America that Miss America and the competition should stay here.” According to Guadagno, the pageant’s return to Atlantic City in 2013 was a “morale booster” for a state suffering from the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and for a city still reeling from the impact of four casino closings. Keeping Miss America in Atlantic City could raise spirits.”
The Miss America Organization has undergone many changes since returning to the area. One significant change has been the melding of long time members of the National Staff and bringing in some new talented people to take on existing roles.
Joining Josh Randle, the new Chief Operating Officer of the Miss America Organization, is the new Office & Public Relations Coordinator, Chelsea Mineur.
Mineur, who is 22 years old was born and raised in Mays Landing, NJ which is just a short ride to Atlantic City, started with the Miss America Organization as an intern in 2014 after being referred to the position by a professor from Stockton University where she graduated with a BA in Communications.
Becoming a part-time employee in September of 2014 and having significant responsibilities with last years pageant, Mineur became a full time employee in March 2015.
Since taking on her full time responsibilities Mineur was surprised to find out how small the full time National Staff really is, “There are twelve people here at the Claridge to handle all the needs of the organization. However, we could never do it all without the help of the 100 volunteers who pitch in whenever we ask.”
Mineur loves her job, “I have come to love my PR job at Miss America. I love being in the press area and providing assistance to the media, hopefully to make their job easier. Over the years, the PR department has been pared down to a small group which includes two interns and additional help from the existing staff. “I will also have help this year from the PR Department of Dick Clark Productions who will be working with the Miss America Organization this year.”
Chelsea Mineur is a great example of the direction the Miss America Organization is moving. Hiring young talented people to add energy and competence to the national staff. Mineur feels one of the best features of her job is, “Being a part of something that is so sought after by so many young woman and if I can in some way help them achieve their goal.”
With all the good there is always the difficult part, “Many people do not realize how much work the National Staff must do to make the program thrive. I have found out that pleasing everyone is impossible, even though we do our best to try,” said Mineur
“You would be amazed to see the number or requests we deal with on a daily basis but it is our goal to make very one happy even though at times it seems difficult,” remarked Mineur.
With the new relationships, staff and energy the Miss America Organization is generating it appears that the future of Miss America is bright and healthy. The partnership with Atlantic City, the State of New Jersey and Dick Clark Productions will insure that this years pageant may be the best yet.