Miss America 2016 will be making an appearance at the International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) in Atlanta, Georgia, on January 26.
Betty Cantrell, crowned winner of the nation’s foremost beauty and talent pageant open to contestants between the ages of 17 and 24, will assist in the presentation of two donation checks written to support worthy causes. The first, a donation made by Wincorp International, will benefit the Special Olympics. The second check will go to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, courtesy of contributions made by Jamesway Incubator Company and USPOULTRY.
Cantrell will make an encore performance at 4:35 PM in the Hall B event area at Booth B-8849, where she will sing and present awards to winners of the “Best Chili” cook-off competition. In the evening she will greet show-goers during a welcome reception in the Georgia Aquarium. Attendees may have their picture taken with her as photo opportunity time allows.
As Miss America 2016, Cantrell has embarked on a year of service to promote her “Healthy Children, Strong America” platform, which encourages youngsters to make healthy choices and to get active by going outside to play and exercise. She will also continue to entertain audiences with vocal performances and serve as the National Goodwill Ambassador for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
Cantrell is a junior year student at Mercer University, where she is studying musical performance. The 20-year-old Georgia native, who grew up on a 700-acre farm in Warner Robins, hopes to perform on Broadway in New York City one day.
The Miss America Organization is regarded as the nation’s leading advocate for women’s education as it is the largest provider of scholarship assistance to young women in the USA – helping them reach goals and fulfill dreams by increasing confidence, developing skills and honoring their dedication to serving others.