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Cherry Blossom Festival Celebration of the States, Fort Myer, VA

Join our NJ Cherry Blossom Princess Yasmin Rigney and princesses from around the United States at the Celebration of the States & Territories Reception at Fort Myer'sOfficers Club on Thursday, April 9, 6 to 8:30 pm in the Koran Ballroom, Ft. Myer, VA.

You can purchase the $30 tickets for this event and see an entire list of the Cherry Blossom activities at You will see that some of the events are free, like the Saturday parade, and some require a ticket. Purchase your tickets on that site, including the Ft. Myer event EXCEPT....

If you should want to attend the Princess Grand Ball on Friday, April 10, please purchase your tickets through us, so we know you are coming and we can sit together (and cheer on our NJ princess Yasmin Rigney (see below!). Purchase Ball Tickets Here


Yasmin J. Rigney of Camden, NJ has been selected as the 2015 New Jersey Cherry Blossom Princess by the New Jersey State Society (NJSS). An honors graduate of Dr. Charles E. Brimm Medical Arts High School (‘2009) and Loyola University (‘2013), Yasmin currently works in Washington, DC as staff assistant to Senator Cory Booker.

“Yasmin is an accomplished young professional with strong leadership skills and an outstanding record of community service and academic achievement,” said NJ State Society President Donise Cameron. “We are very proud that she will be representing New Jersey at the 2015 National Cherry Blossom Festival.”

During the Cherry Blossom princess week, April 5 to April 11, Yasmin will participate in dozens of educational, cultural and charitable activities in the Nation’s Capital with cherry blossom princesses from the other 49 states, US territories and many foreign countries. On Wednesday, April 8, she will be introduced at a Congressional reception attended by Senators, Members of Congress and staff. She will also be representing New Jersey at the Princess Grand Ball, April 10, and the Cherry Blossom Parade, April 11.

Yasmin, a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, is a WeLead Program member for Women in Politics at American University. She has volunteered in the past as a Beans and Bread volunteer and a Blue Water Baltimore Community Service member. She was treasurer of the Black Students Association at Loyola and recipient of the school’s Community Leader Award (2013-2014). She was an honoree at the National Black Leadership Conference in 2010.

Princesses are selected for their leadership, academic achievements, and interest in community and world affairs. One queen will be chosen from among the princesses by a spin of a wheel at the ball and will travel to Japan for numerous service activities with Japan’s Cherry Blossom queen.

NJSS is a 600-member, Washington DC-based nonprofit founded in 1941 that fosters educational, cultural, charitable and social activities among individuals with ties to New Jersey who work in the government, military and the private sector. It is affiliated with the National Conference of State Societies, which jointly sponsors the princess program along with the Japan Cherry Blossom Association.

For more information on the full two-week National Cherry Blossom Festival visit

CONTACT: NJSS Executive Director, 202 580 9775