Pageant Seeks to Put Seniors in Spotlight

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Ms. Senior California Pageant Seeking Orange County Contestants

Norma Morein, Ms. Senior California 2011, a resident of Long Beach

"Having completed our educations, completed our child rearing years, and sometimes having completed our careers – but yet very much alive – we want to remain vital, alive and connected with life."
- Pamela Wheeler, OC Director

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The Ms. Senior California Pageant is conducting a search to find contestants in the Orange County area for the second Ms. Senior California Preliminary Pageant in March 2012. The two top contestants will advance to the State Pageant to compete for the title of Ms. Senior California in August.

The Pageant is open to women who have reached the “age of elegance” – 60 and up. The pageant seeks to elevate elegant senior women and allow them to get the recognition they deserve. Pageant competition is based on an interview, an evening gown presentation, sharing of a philosophy of life, and talent.

All interested contestants can contact Orange County Pageant Director, Pamela Wheeler at (949) 241-4007, or email at pwheeler94(at)cox(dot)net. The Orange County Pageant will take place on Saturday, March 24, 2012. It will be held at The Norman Murray Community and Senior Center, 24932 Veterans Way in Mission Viejo. Applications must be submitted and approved by February 29, 2012.

In honoring “America’s greatest generation,” the Pageant is hosting seven regional preliminary pageants around California, with Orange County being the second of seven. The top two finalists from each preliminary pageant will advance to the State Pageant in August to compete for the title of Ms. Senior California 2012. In addition, Ms. Senior California will go, all expenses paid, to participate in the October 2012 Ms. Senior America Pageant.

Reigning Ms. Senior California, Norma Morein from Long Beach, went on to win Third Runner Up at the 2011 Ms. Senior America Pageant. A former educator and business owner, Norma spends her time assisting families and seniors in completing oft-neglected tasks – making their days easier and less complicated. She has used her platform as Ms. Senior California to bring “attention to the resources, skills, knowledge, talents, and experience that the millions of seniors in this country possess.”

All contestants are also invited to become a member of the California Cameo Club and to perform in the “Silver Girls” Entertainment Troupe. Traveling to large and small venues alike, the goal of the Troupe is to entertain their audiences by bringing them joy and laughter. Since 2001, the Troupe has performed at over 50 events each year.

Since 1972, the Ms. Senior America – as well as all state chapters – has held to the philosophy that seniors are the foundation of America and should be considered its most valuable treasure. They believe that through their knowledge, experience, and resources, the younger generations of America have the opportunity to build a better society. For more information on the Ms Senior California Program, please visit the Pageant website,

Ms. Senior California of America, Inc. was established as a non-profit corporation in 2010 and is affiliated with Ms. Senior America, Inc., founded in 1971. The Ms. Senior California Pageant just celebrated its 25th anniversary, and is now the largest senior pageant program in the nation.

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