Los Angeles Opera Singer is Crowned Ms. Senior California 2013

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Alise Richel from Los Angeles will advance to the Ms. Senior America Pageant, October 2013 in Atlantic City.

Ms. Senior California 2013 - Alise Richel from Los Angeles

Ms. Senior California 2013 - Alise Richel from Los Angeles

Ms. Senior California of America Pageant is proud to announce that Alise Richel from Santa Monica was crowned Ms. Senior California 2013. She competed against 13 contestants who came from all over California on Saturday, August 31, 2013 at the Rose Center Theater in Westminster, CA. The women competed in interview, evening gown and talent competition as well as reciting their philosophy of life.

First runner up went to Dr. Gayla Kalp-Jackson from Moorpark; second runner up was Fabie Combs from Yorba Linda; third runner up was Michele McDougal from San Diego; and fourth runner up went to Jeanne Lenhart from San Diego. A new special award was introduced for contestants to give back to their favorite charity. Suzanne Millhollen-Goodrich was the winner who placed the most ads in the program book; she received $250 to be donated to her charity Olive Crest.

The theme this year is “The Best is Yet to Come”; taking center stage was the talent competition. There were a variety of singers, dancers; one played a flamenco guitar, another provided a rousing monologue about how the song “Taps” came to be. This year’s talent award went to Alise Richel who sang from the Puccini opera Turandot, the aria Nessun Dorma (None Shall Sleep).

2013 Ms. Senior California Richel’s walk across the stage to accept the crown marked her first steps on a journey that will take her from spotlight to spotlight representing the American woman 60 years of age and over who have reached the “Age of Elegance.” Richel will receive an all-expense paid trip to Atlantic City to compete in the October 2013 Ms. Senior America Pageant.

To view this year’s crowning, visit http://youtu.be/oUGicP7O2jw.

Richel was born in Brooklyn, New York and studied with great conductors from the Metropolitan Opera, the Vienna State Opera as well as conductors from LaScala. She studied in the Opera Department at Tanglewood under the auspices of Leonard Bernstein. She also studied in the Opera Workshop at Columbia University; her rehearsal pianist was John Kander who went on to write greats such as “New York, New York.” She married and raised two children and continued her love for singing. She later moved to Florida and sang with large Florida symphonies. Years later, she moved to Los Angeles to be near her son and is now teaching vocal students. Currently, she’s writing a book based on her approach to the art of singing.

Each contestant competing in this year’s pageant either won a regional title or was first runner up in one of the seven preliminary pageants that were held around the State earlier this year. The Pageant is open to women who have reached the “Age of Elegance” - 60 years of age and up. The Pageant seeks to elevate Baby Boomer women as well as senior women, encouraging them to “stay vital and connected with life,” to be role models for their peers and younger generations.

This year’s Pageant reached new media heights as Bennett Productions Unlimited (BPU) secured two International Media outlets. A TV crew from Denmark spent the day with the contestants filming a documentary which will be shown on Prime Time TV for DR1, Danish Public Service that dominates Danish culture and penetrates 97% of the country’s population every week. The program, “Feldthaus in the States – Forever Young,” focuses on how Americans in California live their lives to the fullest; hosted by one of Denmark’s popular and beloved personalities Christine Feldthaus. BPU also secured New Tang Dynasty Television (NTD) who covered the pageant with a reporter and camera crew. NTD is a television broadcaster based in New York City, with correspondents in over 70 cities worldwide. The station's broadcasts can theoretically reach 200 million viewers globally, including 50 million in mainland China, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Sponsors of the Ms. Senior California Pageant include: Emeritus Senior Living, Kaiser Permanente – Medicare & State Programs, Aetna West Region-Medicare Supplement Plans, and CareMore Health Plan.

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 is celebrating its 26th anniversary, and is now the largest senior pageant program in the nation. For more information, please visit http://www.MsSrCalifornia.com.

For media inquiries and interviews, please contact Kelly Bennett of Bennett Productions Unlimited - PR/Marketing/Branding Kelly(at)BPUnlimited(dot)com or (949) 463-6383.

Kelly Bennett
Bennett Productions Unlimited
California | New York
(949) 463-6383

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