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2018 MISS’D AMERICA PAGEANT BRINGS BROADWAY TO AC
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 @ 8PM
BORGATA HOTEL CASINO & SPA EVENT CENTER

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ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (May 1, 2018)The Greater Atlantic City GLBT Alliance in association with Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa continues its annual pageantry this year in The Event Center at Borgata on Saturday, September 22, 2018.  The Great White Way will be well represented at this year’s event with lavish sets, incredible numbers from some of Broadway’s classic and latest shows.  This year’s show will be one of the hottest tickets in Atlantic City.

Tickets are $35.00, $65.00, and a $100.00 VIP Ticket, which includes one complimentary drink and admission to the post pageant meet and greet reception. $1,200.00 Diamond Tiara (table of eight) tickets are also available, which includes bottle service, a complimentary bottle of champagne, and admission into the post pageant meet and greet reception. The $100 and Diamond Tiara $1,200.00 tickets are only available by calling the group sales office at 609-317-1138.

All other tickets can be purchased at the Borgata Box Office, by calling 866-900-4TIX (4849), or online at www.theborgata.com. A $10.00 reception ticket is available in addition to the $35 and $65 tickets.

A not-to-be-missed entertainment event, the Miss’d America Pageant started in 1994 at a local Atlantic City club and was created as a spoof of the world-famous Miss America Pageant to raise funds for a local charity. It took place annually on the night after that famous beauty pageant, the joke being that the drag performers ‘missed’ getting into the real pageant at Boardwalk Hall.  It ended in 2005 and was absent from Atlantic City for nearly five years, before making its triumphant return on January 31, 2010 and has grown larger and more spectacular every year since.  

Carson Kressley returns again as the host of this year’s pageant along with the incredible Miss’d America Dancers, Special Musical Guest Frankie Z, Miss’d America 2018 Pattaya Hart and the Melanie Rice Orchestra.  The show will be once again written and directed by the talented Mark Dahl.

Portion of the proceeds from the 2018 Miss’d America Pageant will go to the Greater Atlantic City GLBT Alliance who will distribute to various LGBTQ and LGBTQ supportive charities. Since its inception, the pageant has donated over $300,500.00.

The “Wanna-Be-Queens”

A contestant search is currently being conducted in New Jersey, New York, Washington DC, Baltimore, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware and many other states. Contestants are being asked to complete a submission form and submit a three-minute video of their talent for consideration by a very distinguished panel of entertainment industry moguls.

Contestants competing for the title of Miss’d America 2019 will be judged in the categories of swimsuit, talent, evening gown and must complete a Judges’ Interview.  Along with the crown and sash, Miss’d America will receive $5,000.00 in cash and must be available for multiple appearances throughout her reigning year. First runner-up will receive $2,500.00 and second runner-up will receive $1,500.00.

For information on contestant search, contact Mortimer Spreng at missdamericasearch@gmail.com.

The Host with Fabulous Fashion

Kressley burst on the scene as one of the stars of the hit Emmy award winning series Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, where his sharp wit and undeniable sense of style resonated with audiences internationally. Also a renowned fashion designer, Kressley launched a collection of men’s and women’s wear exclusive to the QVC network, Perfect by Carson Kressley. As a fashion industry veteran, Kressley is known for his modern and sophisticated approach to fashion: “classics with a twist.”

At the podium, Kressley’s impact as a fashion guru transcends style tips and fashion trends. His signature “wit with a heart” approach inspires audiences to embrace their individuality and look inward without fear. With a deep understanding of self-image issues and an empathetic approach to building confidence, Kressley’s enlightening perspective resonates with men and women alike. His charming wit and positive outlook offers insight into how to become a better person, from the inside out.

A “fan-favorite” on the 13th season of ABC’s world-wide hit, Dancing with the Stars and host of Dancing with the Stars Live in Las Vegas, Kressley was most recently named one of the Dancing with the Stars alumni who will vie for the coveted 13th spot on this  season of  Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars. Alongside Sabrina Bryan and Kyle Massey, fans have the last say as they vote to determine who the final All-Star cast member will be.

Honing his signature flair for transforming lives with style and humor, Kressley hosted the make-over show Carson-Nation on OWN Network in 2011, in which he traveled to small towns throughout the U.S., making viewers’ lives better one person at a time.

His New York Times best-seller Off the Cuff is an essential style guide for men and for the women who love them, and his illustrated children’s book You’re Different and That’s Super builds confidence at an early age. Kressley has been a judge on The CW’s Crowned: The Mother of All Pageants, a reality series about mothers and daughters competing together in beauty pageants, and his film credits include The Perfect Man and The Year without a Santa Claus. He also has starred in Lifetime’s How to Look Good Naked and Co-Hosted OWN’s Your OWN Show: Oprah’s Search for the Next TV Star.

Kressley is an avid philanthropist and uses his celebrity to advance different concerns such as The Trevor Project, The Human Rights Campaign, The Empire State Pride Agenda, LIGALY, GLSEN, AIDS WALK, The Ali Forney Center and the Al D. Rodriguez Liver Foundation. Kressley is also a trustee on the board of The True

Colors Fund and The American Saddlebred Museum. Kressley was a founding donor in establishing the first college scholarship program for GLBT youth in his hometown of Allentown, Penn.

Kressley began his career as an independent stylist which led to a long tenure with Polo Ralph Lauren. Kressley worked on the design team of the men’s sportswear division, and then moved to the corporate advertising group. He has worked extensively styling catalogs, editorial and film shoots for Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, and Bloomingdale’s. Kressley graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Gettysburg College with degrees in Finance and Fine Art.

Kressley is an avid nationally ranked equestrian and a former member of the U.S. World Cup Equestrian Team. He resides in New York City.

For more information on the Greater Atlantic City GLBT Alliance and the Miss’d America Pageant, visit www.acglbt.org or contact Larry Sieg at acglbt@gmail.com

About The Greater Atlantic City GLBT Alliance: The Greater Atlantic City GLBT Alliance is open to any business or person who is directly part of the GLBT or GLBT supportive community. The mission of the organization is to promote the economic, social and political advocacy of the GLBT and GLBT supportive community of the greater Atlantic City region.


About OUT at BorgataWhether traveling solo, as a couple, or in a group, OUT at Borgata offers LGBTQ travelers unique hotel packages, entertainment, and special events to experience all that Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa has to offer. Borgata’s commitment to the LGBTQ community doesn’t end with the resort experience – the property proudly supports diversity and embraces its Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender travel enthusiasts, team members, and friends by presenting a multi-tier approach to inclusivity, from creating a premier travel experience to ensuring a workplace that’s committed to providing equal employment for all team members. In fact, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation named Borgata one of the “Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality” in 2016 , 2017, and 2018 after the resort received a perfect score of 100 percent from the organization’s Corporate Equality Index. Furthermore, Borgata is a proud member of the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association, the world’s leading global travel network dedicated to LGBTQ travelers, as well as the Independence Business Alliance, Philadelphia’s NGLCC-affiliated chamber of commerce. As an active member of Atlantic City’s own LGBTQ chamber, the Greater Atlantic City GLBT Alliance, Borgata is proud to serve as the home of the Miss’d America Pageant.. For more information about Borgata, please visit theborgata.com or outatborgata.com. For Borgata media inquiries, please contact Liza Costandino 609.317.7759.