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A Crowning Achievement for International Pageants and Go Red For Women

International Pageants and the Go Red For Women movement team up to promote

women's heart health

ROANOKE, Va., May 13 /PRNewswire/ -- International Pageants, Inc., the managing group for the Mrs. International(R), Miss International(R) and Miss Teen International(R) competitions, has teamed up with the American Heart Association's Go Red For Women movement to fight heart disease among women. The Go Red For Women movement helps women understand that while heart disease is their No. 1 killer, it is largely preventable. In support of this movement, the International Pageants system will incorporate Go Red For Women's resources for preventing heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases in their international campaigns.

"We are delighted to work with International Pageants to raise awareness of heart disease among women," said American Heart Association Chairman of the Board, Gary L. Ellis. "International Pageants embraces our mission and is committed to a long-term grass roots campaign supporting our education initiatives."

Working at a local level, each contestant in the International Pageants system will bring the Go Red For Women messages to their communities. With the amount of women who participate in the competitions on a yearly basis, the alliance between International Pageants, Inc. and Go Red For Women is a natural connection. International Pageants includes approximately 150 Queens internationally, ranging in age from 13 years-old to 56 years-old. The pageants highlight the many successes and charitable causes each contestant supports throughout the year.

"As a platform based competition, we have always believed in the concept of social responsibility, both locally and internationally," said Mary Richardson, executive director of International Pageants, Inc. "Partnering with the American Heart Association is a great honor and we look forward to relaying their messages worldwide."

The Go Red For Women movement will be introduced to the 2008 pageant contestants at the International Competition kick-off events held in Chicago in July. During the kick-off events, the contestants will attend a Go Red themed affair, learn about the American Heart Association's mission and meet representatives from the organization.

For more information, visit, or call 1-888-MY-HEART.

About International Pageants, Inc.

The International Pageant system was developed 20+ years ago as a platform based competition to promote women and their accomplishments through well regarded pageant competitions that have the highest of ethical standards. Emphasizing the importance of being a positive role model, International Pageants, Inc. empowers women around the world. Mrs. International(R) showcases married women 21 to 56 years old and includes their husbands as an integral part of the show. Miss International(R) showcases single women ages 19 to 29 years old, and Miss Teen International(R) focuses on young women who are 13 to 18 years old. For more information and a full description of regulations and application processes, please visit, or or call 540-989-5992.

About Go Red For Women

Since 2004, Go Red For Women has captured the energy, passion, and intelligence of women to work collectively to wipe out heart disease -- the No. 1 killer of women. Today, we want millions of women across America to take heart disease personally. Go Red For Women engages these women -- and the men who love them -- to embrace the cause. Healthcare providers, celebrities, and politicians also elevate the cause and spread the word about women and heart disease. For more information about Go Red For Women, please call 1-888-MY-HEART (1-888-694-3278) or visit The movement is nationally sponsored by Macy's and Merck & Co., Inc.

SOURCE International Pageants, Inc.
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