Letter From The Director

I’m honored to celebrate my sixth year as Executive Director for the Mrs. New York America Pageant! Today the beautiful and accomplished women representing New York will begin their journey to capture the crown of Mrs. New York America, which advances their journey to become the next Mrs. America and possibly even Mrs. World!

Serving as Mrs. Arizona America 2006, Mrs. America 2006, and Mrs. World 2007 was a supreme honor. I will always cherish the wonderful friendships I’ve made through this pageant system. My nomination for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Honorary Chair in 2007 and 2008 to help raise funds for Breast Cancer Awareness, ringing the bell at NASDAQ on Times Square, and traveling to Russia, Malaysia, and Vietnam were some of my favorite highlights during my reign.

What begins each year as a quest for beauty becomes an inspiring discovery of the attributes that make the total woman truly beautiful -- sensitivity, spirit, unwavering determination, and resourcefulness.  All Mrs. New York America participants are defined by their strength of character, devotion to their families, involvement in their community and their pursuit of personal and professional fulfillment. This past year, I had the privilege of getting to know each of these ladies, and every women involved in the Mrs. New York America system has these characteristics.

I truly cannot thank my amazing husband Roy, my wonderful Mom and Dad, brother Vic, sister-in-law Kimmie, and Grandma Mary enough for making the Mrs. New York America Pageant a reality. Thank you for your continued support and encouragement. I love you all from the bottom of my heart. David and Elaine Marmel, founders of Mrs. America, I have been extremely fortunate to share this journey with you. To my dear friends: Kelly, Laura, Jessica, Ann, Alison, Alice, Hilary, Missy, Amy, Di, Alyssa, Lidia, Wendy, Susanna, Mary Ann, Holly, Sheila, Yola, Kirin, Lisa, Caroline, Brittany, Mrs. America State Directors, my Mrs.Arizona-America-World sister titleholders, thank you for your love, friendship and continued support.

Finally, this event is possible thanks to our Judges Panel, Jeanne and Christiana, Dance Choreographer Jacquie Wilder, former Mrs. New York Americas, Dennis Cruz, Todd Elliott, Evan DJET Music, RIT Inn and Conference Center staff, Rapid Printing, Missy Briscoe Designs, American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, Katherine Patricia Bridal Shop and Prom, Ann Pennington, Joeval's, Dr. Stephen M. Miller, Eastview Mall, Wilhelmina Rochester, VisitRochester.com, Taverna Productions, and all of our generous sponsors that came together to make The Mrs. New York America Pageant a success!  We are grateful for your passion to support the goals and dreams of the women who enter this pageant.

Diane Hardgrove

Executive State Director

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