ATLANTIC CITY — The Claridge Hotel, located at Park Place (off Ohio and Indiana avenues) and the Boardwalk, has partnered with the 2014 Miss America Pageant. The partnership will bring some exclusive events to the hotel including the annual Forever Miss America Meet and Greet autograph session with 32 former Miss Americas. This event will be free and open to the public.
“On behalf of the Miss America Organization, we are proud to partner with the Claridge Hotel as they host our annual Miss America autograph session,” said Sharon Pearce, president of the Miss America Organization, in a media release. “This is a wonderful event for fans to see their favorite Miss America throughout the decades, up close and personal. We hope it will create Miss America memories to treasure.”
The meet and greet will be Sunday, Sept. 14, from 10-11:30am in the Claridge Ballroom. It will span eight decades of former Miss Americas, including Miss America 1948 Bebe Shopp, Miss America 1955 Lee Meriwether (pictured above), and several others through Miss America 2013 Mallory Hagen (right). Attendees will be able to mingle and have their pictures taken with the former Miss Americas.
“We are thrilled to be part of this Atlantic City tradition and share the excitement with our guests,” said Sherry Amos, Claridge Hotel spokesperson/marketing associate. “The Claridge Hotel enjoys the rich history of Miss America, and in 1952 was the choice hotel for Marilyn Monroe while being a celebrity judge for the pageant.”
Leading up to Sunday morning’s meet and greet, the Claridge will offer prime seating for the Miss America “Show Us Your Shoes” Parade on Saturday. Seating will be available at the Claridge’s courtyard at Brighton Park for $22.50. Tickets are available at the Claridge box office, by calling (609) 348-0031, or online at ticketmaster.com. The parade starts 5pm and seating starts at 3pm.
The Claridge will also provide two Miss America room packages that includes VIP parade seating for two on the Boardwalk and more. Package options are for one- or two-night stays. Details are below:
Miss America Two-Night Room Packages
Valid Saturday-Monday, Sept. 13-15
Includes a two-night/three-day stay in deluxe room accommodations, VIP seating for two on the Boardwalk to view the Miss America parade on Saturday, VIP line access to the Forever Miss America Meet and Greet on Sunday morning, two welcome cocktails at Malcolm’s or the Celebrity Lounge, and the first 20 packages to book receive a complimentary Miss America program book. Total cost of the package is $450 plus taxes and fees.
Miss America One-Night Room Package
Valid Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 13-14
The package includes a one-night two-day stay in deluxe room accommodations at the Claridge with a 2pm late check-out on Sunday, VIP seating for two on the Boardwalk to view the Miss America parade on Saturday, and VIP line access to the Forever Miss America Meet and Greet on Sunday morning. The first 20 packages to book receive a complimentary Miss America program book. Total cost of the package is $350 plus taxes and fees.
Visit claridge.com for more.