Las Vegas, NV (PRWEB) January 13, 2012 For the third year in a row, Project Gratitude brings 19 families of fallen service members to Las Vegas to be recognized as "Honorary Miss Americas" at the 2012 Miss America Crown Celebration on Friday, January 13. For the grand finale, the families will watch the Miss America pageant (live on ABC 6 PM PST) Saturday night from their VIP seats.
"Warrior Gateway is honored to be a sponsor of Project Gratitude in supporting the wives, daughters and mothers of our fallen military members. Initiatives such as Project Gratitude show how communities across the nation can step up to work together and support the families of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. As the Project Gratitude sponsor for the Miss America Crown Celebration Gala, we are proud to join these families of our fallen in Las Vegas for the Miss America pageant," said Devin B. Holmes, CEO of Warrior Gateway. "Warrior Gateway remains committed to supporting all members of the military community as they return home and seek out their new normal life."
"Got Your Back Network is pleased to partner with the Miss America Organization to provide a very unique and "once in a lifetime" experience for surviving wives and their daughters. Shared experiences are the highlight of memories and we are happy to be able to plan, organize and implement the Project Gratitude event." said Kathleen Gagg, Executive Director of Got Your Back Network. "We thank all volunteers, contributors and organizations that have made Project Gratitude possible."
"We started Project Gratitude out of a deep, heartfelt sense of gratitude and highest respect for the ultimate sacrifice that was made by our nation's fallen heroes and their families," explains Sharlene Hawkes, former Miss America and President of Remember My Service Productions. "By recognizing each of the women and their daughters as honorary Miss Americas-and giving them the VIP experience that Miss Americas have received over the years-it is just our way of doing what we can to pay tribute to these great Americans."