The Miss America Organization Names
“Academy of Honor” Award to
Twenty-three Year Miss Florida Volunteer
Las Vegas, NV- January 21, 2009 –The Miss America Organization today announced that Mary Sullivan, Executive Director of the Miss Florida Scholarship Program, is the recipient of the 2009 Academy of Honor Award. This prestigious award was established in 1996 to recognize one individual annually who has provided outstanding service to the Miss America Organization at the State or Local pageant level.
Art McMaster, President and CEO of the Miss America Organization, stated that Mary Sullivan exemplifies what it means to be an Academy of Honor Award recipient. “Mary’s passion and her continued dedication as a volunteer for the Miss America Organization is a shining example for others to follow,” said McMaster. “Throughout her years of service, Mary has made significant contributions to the Miss America program at the local, state and national level.” Her accomplishments have included serving as a Local Executive Director, and our Florida State Executive Director.
When asked what influenced her to volunteer with the Miss America Organization, Mary explained, “I have so many daughters and this program has been a blessing. I am so very proud to be there for these young women to let them know how very, very special they are!” Mary has helped thousands of young women and has helped open doors to continue their education and to help prepare them for life.
Mary will be presented with a Waterford crystal eagle at an award ceremony in Las Vegas and her name will be engraved with other Academy of Honor winners at the Miss America Organization’ national headquarters. In addition, the Miss America Organization will award a $10,000 scholarship grant to the Miss Florida scholarship fund.
Previous recipients of the Academy of Honor Award include Dana Phillips, Oregon, 2008; Kay Dickinson, North Carolina, 2007; Bruce Robert, Massachusetts, 2006; Gail Sanders, South Carolina, 2004; Charles Welch, Oklahoma, 2003; Tess Beauchamp, Connecticut, 2002; Robert W. Arnhym, California, 2001; Joseph P. Sanders, South Carolina, 2000; Larry Webber, Missouri, 1999; Meg Geraghty, New Hampshire, 1998; Robert Wheeler, Arkansas, 1997; and Tom Hensley, Tennessee, 1996.