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Letter From The Director

I’m honored to celebrate my eighth year as Executive Director for the Mrs. New York America Pageant! Today the beautiful and accomplished women representing New York will begin their journey to capture the crown of Mrs. New York America, which advances their journey to become the next Mrs. America and possibly even Mrs. World!

Serving as Mrs. Arizona America 2006, Mrs. America 2006, and Mrs. World 2007 was an amazing experience.  I will always cherish the wonderful friendships I’ve made through this pageant system.  My nomination for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Honorary Chair in 2007 and 2008 to help raise funds for Breast Cancer Awareness, ringing the bell at NASDAQ on Times Square, and traveling to Russia, Malaysia, and Vietnam were some of my favorite highlights during my reign.    

Congratulations to our newly crowned Mrs. New York America 2018, Patti Gomez-Michalkow!! On August 25th, she will compete for the title of Mrs. America, www.mrsamerica.com. Patti is an Official Proud Supporter of Homes for Our Troops, a nonprofit organization that builds and donates specially adapted custom homes nationwide for severely injured post – 9/11 Veterans, to enable them to rebuild their lives. She will champion and fundraise for the organization throughout her campaign. She attended Basic Combat Training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and attended Advanced Individual Training at the United States Army Intelligence Center of Excellence in Fort Huachuca, Arizona. Thank you to Patti and her supportive husband Nick for your incredible work!

This year marks another extraordinary event.  Our Mrs. New York America 2017, Alice Lee Giannetta, also won the coveted title of Mrs. World 2018, www.mrsworld.com!  Alice, you’ve been an inspiration during pageant seminars and charity events. We wish you all the best this year traveling the world promoting your platform, Gender Equality and Equal Opportunities for All of Our Children.”  And thank you Alice’s wonderful husband Pasquale for your support. 

I truly cannot thank my loving and handsome husband Roy, my amazing Mom and Dad, brother Vic, sister-in-law Kimmie, nephew Bryson, and Grandma Mary enough for making the Mrs. New York America Pageant a reality.  Thank you for your continued support and encouragement. I love you all from the bottom of my heart. David and Elaine Marmel, founders of Mrs. America, I have been extremely fortunate to share this journey with you. 

To my dear friends: Susanna, Kelly, Amy, Missy, Alyssa, Brigid, Tammy, Mai-Lea, Sibylle, Yola, Caroline, Leah, Di, Holly, Wendy, Sheila, Jeanne, Christiana, Lisa, Brittany, Mrs. America State Directors, my Mrs. Arizona-America-World sister titleholders, thank you for your love, friendship and continued support.  

Finally, this event is possible thanks to our Judges Panel, Dance Choreographer Alexis Gaetano, former Mrs. New York Americas, MBDEV Boston, Pageant Staff, Julie Andrecolich, Joevals, Todd Elliott, Josh Shapiro, Laura Marino, Encore Events, RIT Inn and Conference Center staff, Rapid Printing, Dr. Stephen M. Miller, Eastview Mall, VisitRochester.com, Taverna Productions, and all of our generous sponsors that came together to make The Mrs. New York America Pageant a success!   We are grateful for your passion to support the goals and dreams of the women who enter this pageant. 

Diane Hardgrove

Executive State Director

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