Twenty bereaved widows and daughters of fallen military members will attend the Miss America Finals weekend courtesy of an initiative called Project Gratitude. This will be the Second Annual Project Gratitude Event.
The ladies will travel from around the country courtesy of American Airlines to take part in pageant festivities at Planet Hollywood as well the Venetian and a number of special events planned specifically for the women.
The event was the idea of Sharlene Hawkes, ‘Remember My Service’ president and a former Miss America. With the assistance of Darci Hansen, Founder/Editor-In-Chief of Elan Woman magazine, the friends created ‘Project Gratitude.’
“This is all about remembering the great service and ultimately, the great sacrifice that so many families make to preserve our way of life, and defend our liberties. Giving these women a royal weekend is the very least we can do for America’s greatest treasures and I am so thrilled that we are continuing this tradition.” said Hawkes.
The Project Gratitude organizers reached out to Got Your Back Network knowing our military survivors would benefit from a weekend of bonding and sharing a healthy, fun experience. Executive Director of Got Your Back Network, Kathleen Gagg will be spearheading this year’s event.