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Shodair Children's Hospital
The Miss America Connection 

Children's Miracle Network Hospitals raises funds for 170 children's hospitals across North America, which, in turn, use the money where it is needed the most. When a donation is given it stays in the community, ensuring that every dollar is helping local kids. Since 1983, CMNH has raised more than $4 billion, most of it $1 at a time. these donations have gone to support research and training, purchase equipment, pay of uncompensated care, all in support of our mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Learn more at

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Miss America Serves Day

The Miss America Organization and Children's Miracle Network Hosptials share a commitment to raise awareness and funds of Children's Miracle Network Hospitals across the country. This partnership creates the following opportunities for contestants and Miss America Titleholders. 

  • Miss America acts as a goodwill ambassador for CMNH and the Miss America Scholarship Program 
  • CMNH is the national Platform for the Miss America Organization. 
  • The tradition of the personal platform continues and contestants and titleholders can raise awareness for their chosen advocacy cause.


In its second year the Miss America Serves Day initiative is a day where local, state, and our national title holder spend the day giving back. As "service" is one of the points on the Miss America crown this day is dedicated to serving the communities that encouraged, promoted, and cheered on the thousands of young women that participate in the Miss America Organization each year. With the national platform of Children's Miracle Network, this day also provides people with another chance to donate to and learn more about their local CMN Hospitals. 

On April 16th, 2016, Miss Montana, Danielle Wineman, and Miss Montana's Outstanding Teen, Katee Orr, along with several of the contestants for the 2016 Miss Montana Scholarship Program helped make Montana's CMN Hospital a little brighter. On the grounds of Shodair was a garden that was rather out of sorts. Miss America Serves Day and all the excited volunteers provided the hospital with enough inspiration and enthusiasm to begin the Garden Renovation Project. When completed the garden will be both an educational space and a therapeutic area for the kids who are at Shodair to escape to. Thanks to the service of the staff and our Miss Montana ladies, the 2nd Annual Miss America Serves Day was a success (also one of the points of the crown.) 

The Miss Montana Connection

Children's Miracle Network

Shodair Children's Hospital began as a home for orphaned and abandoned children in 1896. As Shodair evolved to meet the needs of Montana's children, it became the first facility in the state to treat children with polio, the first facility with a department of medical genetics, and the first with a chemical dependency unit dedicated to adolescents.

For 120 years, Shodair Children's Hospital has stayed in step with the ever-changing needs of Montana's children. Shodair's medical specialists develop programs that meet our mission of providing for the care and treatment of children suffering from illness, diseases, and other physical, mental, and emotional conditions that impair their health and well-being.

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About Children's Miracle Network Hospitals

Miss Montana like all Miss America titleholders becomes the goodwill ambassador for the Children's Miracle Network Hospital that is located under the Big Sky. For this state, we have on CMNH, Shodair Children's Hospital, in Helena. Miss Montana spends her working alongside staff of Shodair to help promote awareness, and advocate for the children and families who come there for help. Along with the many partners CMNH has, Miss Montana becomes the spokesperson for major fundraising days, like National Pancake Day at IHOP or Free Cone Day at Dairy Queen. Her job is to inform the public about Shodair Children's Hospital and Children's Miracle Network. This year of service to this organization allows whom ever is Miss Montana to help play a part in making miracles happen for some miraculous Montana kids.