Jennifer Vaden Barth is organizing this fundraiser.
For months, thousands of volunteers, sponsors, contestants, parents, and supports have voiced their opposition to the current leadership of the Miss America Organization. We do not protest because of change, we protest because there is a blatant lack of transparency, integrity, and good governance in those managing the organization. We have reviewed this matter with qualified legal counsel and will be filing a legal complaint with affected State Organizations advocating for a restoration of the values of Miss America very soon. The complaint will set out causes of action for bad faith and injunctive relief, among others. It is our hope that the collective efforts of the many stakeholders will save Miss America. #InvestInIntegrity #SaveMAO Purpose of funding: To support legal action on behalf of willing State Organizations; and then To support necessary public relations services to help restore public trust and respect in the governance of the Miss America Organization. We commit that the new leadership we seek will: Incorporate stakeholder groups as real and permanent partners in order to continue the progress and sustainability of the Miss America brand and values. These stakeholder groups include the Miss America Sisterhood, State Delegations (inclusive of Local volunteers), and MASTA. Create and streamline the governance structure into a transparent system which integrates publicly recognized good governing practices in local, state, and the national level. Review and amend all official documentation and contracts, striking any and all language that dictates that the involvement of individuals, State Organizations, and State Contestants, and Miss America can be amended “with or without cause.” Embrace changes needed to engage growth among participants, educational partners, sponsors, and volunteers without compromising stakeholders and the integrity of the organization. Market and promote the cause-oriented young women of the organization who are achieving educational and career successes while also delivering community impact. Strive to create a nationally televised event which upholds the existing rules of competition so that all contestants and state licensees are aware of the competition elements at least 60 days prior to competition. Commit to providing participants the opportunity to showcase their talent, communication skills, style, and physical fitness during competitions at every level. Leverage any unused funds raised to support the goals and commitments as stated above. If for any reason, these goals cannot be met under the current Miss America Organization, these funds will go towards a new organization that will maintain all of the guarantees as previously stated. There is no more time to waste! We need to act now to preserve our beloved organization and facilitate a fair and transparent transition to bring credible leadership which secure the continued success of the Miss America Organization. Please consider a donation (which can be anonymous) and help us exceed our goal! Together we can save Miss America! Thank you!