May 16th, 2013
This evening, Miss America’s Mallory Hagan will be in Opelika visiting her hometown and meeting and greeting with area residents. Since being crowned Miss America 2013 back in January, Hagan has been on a whirlwind of tours throughout the country.
“She’s doing an awful lot of traveling, so it will be great to have her home,” said Mayor Gary Fuller.
Hagan will kick-off her day with a luncheon at Niffer’s Place in Opelika, followed by a free meet-and-great at the Opelika Sportsplex and Aquatics Center where fans will be able to have their picture taken with Miss America.
“We wanted to do something where the public could come, where anybody and everybody from Opelika could come and talk and meet with her,” said Laura Leigh Pierce, spokesperson fro the Opelika Sportsplex and Aquatics Center.
Hagan will participate in a ribbon cutting ceremony in honor of the Sportsplex’s new disc golf course. This event will be free and open to the public and a professional photographer will be on site to take pictures.
This evening from 6:30 to 9:30 pm, Miss America and fans alike will be at National Village for Hagan’s welcome home reception at the Auburn-Opelika Marriott at Grand National. The evening will feature hors d’oeuvres, music and dancing as well as a live band and cash bar.
All proceeds from Mallory Hagan’s tour in Opelika will go towards the Opelika High School Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education program, as well as Hagan’s charities.
“She [Mallory Hagan] really wants to be able to give back to this area and we really want to be able to honor her and celebrate her accomplishments,” said Ashley Smith, coordinator for the Economic Development Department and a childhood friend of Hagan.
Hagan, 23, is originally from Opelika, Alabama and attended Auburn Univeristy. She competed in the Miss Alabama Pageant several years ago, before moving to New York City to attend the Fashion Institute of Technology. She earned the title of Miss New York City, followed by Miss New York before being crowned Miss America 2013 on January 12. Hagan live in Park Slope, Brooklyn.