VICKSBURG, Miss. —
Hagan recalled a program she attended at a New York elementary school that opened her eyes, even more.
"The Child Abuse Prevention Program reaches about 20,000 kids per year, and each year they put on two puppet shows, one about physical abuse and one dealing with sexual abuse," she said.
At the conclusion of the plays, Hagan said, the children were given the opportunity to stay, so they can speak with someone if they have a question or if they are unsure about something going on in their homes.
"When I saw the amount of kids that stayed behind I was baffled, and thought 'wow,' this is a way bigger problem than even I thought it was," she said.
Hagan, who plans to continue as an advocate for child sexual abuse, even after she turns over her crown in September, will spend Saturday in Vicksburg and will make guest appearances throughout the day.
"I'm very thankful to Miss Hagan and the Miss America Organization," said Erma Driver, executive director for the CAP Center. "Our main focus for Saturday is to spread the word that there is hope, survival ... available to families.
Saturday's events also will include performances by Miss Mississippi 2007 Kimberly Morgan, Love Notz, Ted Holman and Debra Franco Preparatory School of Dance.
If you go:
Miss America 2013 Mallory Hagan is scheduled to be in Vicksburg Saturday to help raise funds for the Vicksburg Child and Parent Center.
— 8 a.m.-9:30 a.m. — Breakfast with Miss America; Vicksburg Convention Center; $25
— 10 a.m.-11 a.m. — Autograph party; Vicksburg Convention Center; free
— 1 p.m.-3 p.m. — "Wear it Proudly" children's fashion parade, Vicksburg Convention Center; $30 for participants, $10 admission
— 6:30p.m.-7 p.m. — VIP reception; VIP ticket-holders; $100
— 7 p.m.-9 p.m. — Dinner with Miss America; dinner alone, $50; part of VIP package
A $10 discount will be offered at the door for each event for high school and college students with an ID, and at the dinner a reserved table of eight will be $350.
For tickets, sponsorship opportunities or more information, call 601-634-0557 or visit http://www.CAPCenter.net