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Ms. Senior San Diego seeking contestants

Joyce Schumaker of San Diego was first runner-up in the California State Pageant in 2014.

The Ms. Senior California Pageant Program is looking for women over age 60 to participate in the San Diego preliminary pageant that is one of the five being held in California in 2015.

You’ve never been in a pageant? Let this be your first! Many contestants were “first time participants” when they entered. This is a pageant created for women 60+ who are American citizens. The Pageant seeks to elevate Baby Boomer women as well as senior women, encouraging them to “stay vital and connected with life” and to be role models for their peers and younger generations.

The pageant evaluates four areas: an interview, modeling an evening gown, sharing a philosophy of life statement, and talent. We have a tremendous amount of talent in the San Diego area and talent comes in many different forms. We’ve had comics, pianists, singers, dancers, public speakers, and the list goes on from there. (There is no bathing suit competition. Whew!) The three top contestants from each preliminary will advance to the State Pageant on June 14 to compete for the title of Ms. Senior California at the Joan Kroc Peace Studies Theater at the University of San Diego.

Women interested in competing in the San Diego Area Pageant should contact San Diego Director Elvia Harris at 619-261-4451 or email at: eharris5@san.rr.com. The San Diego Pageant will take place on Thursday-Friday, Feb. 26-27, hosted by Paradise Village at Paradise Village Retirement Community, 2700 E. 4th St., National City. Applications must be submitted by Feb. 20. Ms. Senior San Diego 2014, Joyce Schumaker from San Diego, went on to be the first runner up in the California State Pageant in 2014.

“Several of our preliminary pageant winners have said ‘I’ve never been in a pageant before, but then I heard about this pageant for women over 60, I decided to put it on my bucket list and just go out and do it!’” said Pamela Wheeler, former CEO of Ms. Senior California of America and herself a Ms. Senior California title winner.

Sponsors of the Ms. Senior California Pageant have included Emeritus Senior Living, Kaiser Permanente – Medicare & State Programs, the city of Mission Viejo, and Paradise Village of National City.

All contestants are invited to join the Cameo Club and to perform in the “Silver Girls Entertainment” group. Traveling to large and small venues, these entertainers have performed at more than 50 events each year.

For more on the Ms. Senior San Diego and the Ms. Senior California Pageant Program, email Elvia Harris at eharris5@san.rr.com. Visit www.MsSrCalifornia.com.


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