Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri was the center of attention for all holiday shoppers walking through the Shops at SkyView Center in Flushing on Dec. 14.
Davuluri, the first Miss America of Indian descent, visited the shopping center to help raise awareness among the Asian and South Asian community about the importance of registering for a bone marrow drive.
“As a young woman with the dream of attending medical school, helping to improve the lives of others by facilitating access to life-saving treatment options is something I am incredibly passionate about,” Davuluri said.
Miss America opted to wear a blue Be The Match t-shirt, without the crown.
Be The Match is a nonprofit that operates the Be The Match registry and connects patients with bone marrow donors for potentially life-saving transplant.
Davuluri said her favorite part of her job is being the ambassador for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
“Many times when I visit these hospitals and these children have no clue what or who I am, but all they think is – a princess has walked in to the room for the day and to see the genuine smiles on these children’s faces, who have been suffering life-threatening diseases, really makes my job special,” Davuluri said.