MISS AMERICA DONS JEANS TO TEAM UP AND VOLUNTEER WITH HABITAT FOR HUMANITY - NEW YORK CITY

(New York, NY – March 15, 2013) -- Miss America 2013 Mallory Hagan teamed up with Habitat for Humanity - New York City (Habitat-NYC) on Friday, March 15 to participate in a day of service as part of her 2013 Homecoming Celebration. She was joined by fellow pageant contestants Skyler Kamaka (Miss Hawaii), Mariah Cary (Miss Iowa), Alicia Clifton (Miss Oklahoma), Ali Rogers (Miss South Carolina), Rosemary Willis (Miss Virginia), Shannon Oliver (Miss New York) and Alexis Madden (Miss Wyoming) as well as Rachel Wyatt (Miss America Outstanding Teen 2013.)

Together, they helped paint and brighten the Corsi Senior Center in East Harlem and made a positive impact on the lives of New Yorkers. Their volunteer work was part of a “Brush with Kindness” project, one of Habitat-NYC’s many community revitalization initiatives.

“The Miss America Organization’s commitment to giving back to the community is well-known and Habitat-NYC is honored to have Miss America and her fellow contestants volunteer with us,” said Neil Hetherington, CEO of Habitat for Humanity – New York City. “Their hard work today will bring a brighter future for the hundreds of people who use the Corsi Senior Center. By building today Miss America and each of the state representatives are leading by example and inspiring thousands of others to give back to their communities.”

“I am so proud today to be a part of the Habitat for Humanity – New York City event on behalf of the Miss New York Scholarship Organization and The Miss America Organization to celebrate our day of service. It’s so rewarding to see the revitalization of the Corsi Senior Center, which is such a wonderful environment for New Yorkers who use the center. The Miss America Organization has a long history of volunteering and community service – and I am so happy to be continuing this great tradition,” stated Miss America 2013 Mallory Hagan.

Habitat for Humanity - New York City is the largest builder of Habitat homes in the Northeast, and thousands of volunteers build with Habitat-NYC each year. Each homebuyer contributes at least 200 volunteer hours as part of their partnership.

About Habitat for Humanity – New York City
Habitat for Humanity - New York City transforms lives and our city by building quality homes for families in need and by uniting all New Yorkers around the cause of affordable housing. With the help of thousands of volunteers every year, Habitat-NYC has built more than 260 affordable homes in the five boroughs of New York City.

To volunteer, donate or learn more, visit Habitatnyc.org or call (212) 991-4000.

Contact:
Carly Blatt
(212) 991-4000 ext. 344
cblatt@habitatnyc.org

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