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July 10, 2020
MISS’D AMERICA ANNOUNCES CANCELLATION OF 2020 PAGEANT
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – The Miss’d America Organization announced today that it is canceling the 2020 Miss’d America Pageant which was scheduled to take place in the Mark G. Etess Arena at Hard Rock Casino Hotel in Atlantic City on September 12th.
“While this decision was not an easy one to make, it is the only course of action we can take” said co-founders John Schultz and Gary Hill. “The safety of our guests, contestants, musicians, and crew was our primary concern in making the decision to cancel this year’s pageant”, Schultz and Hill went on to say.
The Miss’d America Pageant was created in the mid 1980’s by John Schultz and Gary Hill as an “all in good fun” spoof on the Miss America Pageant. From its humble beginnings on the outdoor stage of the now defunct Studio Six complex to the stage of the Phillips Ballroom of Historic Boardwalk Hall to the iconic Hard Rock Casino Hotel, the Pageant has been a platform for diversity and equality; giving a spotlight and microphone to drag queen performers throughout the country. The hilariously campy pageant has generated close to a half million dollars for local, regional, and national LGBTQ+ charities.
Richard Helfant, the Pageant’s Executive Producer said, Because of the Coronavirus pandemic, which is far from over, we really had no choice but to cancel this year’s pageant. This decision was made in concert with Hard Rock who have been a tremendous supporter of the LGBTQ+ community. We look forward to working on Miss’d America 2021 with Joe Lupo and his amazing team at Hard Rock. “No date has been set for the 2021 Pageant but it will most likely be held in September of 2021.”
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