Winning the title of Miss Minnesota 2009 was just the beginning for 20-year old Brooke Kelly Kilgarriff. Once crowned, Brooke discovered she had a personal mission. Since entering her local pageant in the fall of 2008, Brooke became a weekly volunteer at Gillette Children’s Hospital in St. Paul and experienced first hand the struggles of children who were faced with severe medical challenges. “Each time I spent time at the hospital I was inspired by the determination of these children and their families through times of great hardship.”
The national platform of the Miss America Organization is the Children’s Miracle Network (CMN).