Miss America contestants clean up downtown Mexico to raise funds for sick kids
MEXICO - Miss Missouri contestants took to the streets and sidewalks of Mexico this weekend to raise money for Children's Miracle Network, a charity that helps sick kids in local hospitals.
The contestants' service efforts included a "Miracle Mile" charity walk, visiting the Mexico Animal Shelter and picking up trash around the town square.
Mexico hosts the Miss Missouri Pageant, a state preliminary for Miss America, each year in June.
Miss Missouri 2015 McKensie Garber said the Miss Missouri contestants' work was part of a national day of service.
"'Miss America Serves' Day is all about raising awareness across the country about Children's Miracle Network," Garber said. "All the money that is raised in mid-Missouri stays right here to help kids at our local CMN hospital, which is MU Women and Children's Hospital."
"Miracle Child" Lizzy Metz joined in with Miss Missouri to help lead the Miracle Mile walk in Green Estates Park.
"I met Lizzy about a year ago," Garber said. "Lizzy has cystic fibrosis. It's kids like her that make spreading awareness about CMN and fundraising for this charity even more important."
At the most recent tally, the statewide total raised for the Children's Miracle Network during "Miss America Serves" Day had reached almost $5,000.