(Fresno, CA) Fresno Mayor Lee Brand may not know much about rhinestones, but City Hall was full of them Friday when he welcomed the contestants of the 2017 Miss California and Miss California’s Outstanding Teen Competitions which take place June 27th through July 1st at the Saroyan Theater in Downtown Fresno. This is the 25th consecutive year that Fresno hosts the renowned event, which brings more than a quarter of a million dollars to the local economy.
During a ceremony at Fresno City Hall Council Chambers, Mayor Lee Brand said, “I want to thank the Miss California Organization for its continued commitment to Fresno and for having the confidence in us to help them put on a world-class event.” During the event, community leaders praised the Miss California Scholarship Organization for their emphasis on community service and higher education while empowering women to pursue leadership positions in careers such as STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). The Miss California Competition has resulted in the awarding of over $6 million in cash and academic scholarships since making Fresno its home in 1990.
Miss California Chief Executive Officer Lt. Col. Patricia Murray also spoke during the ceremony underscoring the extraordinary goals and values of the Miss California Scholarship Organization. Murray explained, “I was never interested in beauty pageants. When I learned about the mission of the Miss California Scholarship Organization and their commitment to help women pursue their dreams through higher education, I was in. After winning the title of Miss California in 1992, I used the scholarship money to pursue my lifetime dream of becoming a pilot. I would not have been able to attend pilot school were it not for the Miss California Organization.”
The Fresno Police Department Color Guard stood at attention during the singing of the National Anthem. Following the ceremony at City Hall, the Miss California convoy embarked on its annual goodwill excursion, spreading cheer with visits to organizations throughout the community.
About the 2017 Miss California Competition: The Miss California Competition takes place in Fresno, CA at the Saroyan Theater on July 1st following a week of qualifying events. This year’s winner will be crowned by 2016 Miss California Jessa Carmack. After a 25-year hiatus from television, this year’s competition will be streamed and aired live to more than 20 million viewers. To learn more about this year’s events, visit misscalifornia.org.
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