Sharon Curtis Begins Her Journey
Riverside, CA – Sharon Curtis, from Riverside, was crowned Ms. Senior Inland Empire 2013 at the second of eight preliminary pageants for the Ms. Senior California Pageant held Saturday, March 16, 2013 at the Cambria at Riverwalk Senior Apartments, Riverside California.
Along with first runner up Jeanne Lenhart from San Diego, Curtis will now advance to the State Pageant to compete for the title of Ms. Senior California in August. The Ms. Senior California State Pageant will be at the Rose Center Theater in Westminster on Saturday, August 31, 2013.
Second runner-up was Bonnie Paul from Murrieta; Paul also won the talent portion for the competition with her song, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”.
Throughout the competition, the contestants competed in four categories including: Personal Interview, Evening Gown, Philosophy of Life and Talent. Curtis’s walk across the stage to accept the sash and trophy marked her first steps on a journey that will take her from spotlight to spotlight representing the American woman 60 years of age and up who has reached the ‘age of elegance’.
Curtis, a resident of Riverside, has been married for 41 years and is the mother of two and the grandmother of three boys. She taught elementary school in the Riverside Unified School District for over 20 years and retired 3 years ago; however, she is on staff as a substitute. Curtis is the Director of Education at her church for the Sunday school department and also dedicates part of her time to visiting women who are incarcerated to bring them hope so that they can make positive changes in their lives. Her hobbies include reading, gardening, singing, swimming, and working out and she is currently learning to play the guitar.
The Ms. Senior America Pageant is the world’s first and foremost pageant to emphasize and give honor to women who have reached the ‘Age of Elegance’. It is a search for the gracious lady who best exemplifies the dignity, maturity and inner beauty of all Baby Boomer and Senior women. The Ms. Senior America philosophy is based upon the belief that Baby Boomers and seniors are the foundation of America, and one of our most valuable resources. It is upon their knowledge, wisdom and experience that younger generations have the opportunity to build a better society.
The next preliminary pageant will be the Ms. Senior Orange County pageant on April 6, 2013 at the Norman P. Murray Community Center in Mission Viejo. If you are interested in being a contestant in Orange County, please contact Pamela Wheeler at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (949) 241-4007.
Dr. Al Mott, in the state of New Jersey in 1972, started the Senior America Pageant Program. In 1986, the California Chapter was created under the leadership of Ms. Elda Barry of Long Beach. She led the chapter until her retirement in 1999. In 2000, Marilyn McCabe Kohler accepted the position of Director of Ms. Senior California. Since that time, the program has grown from one pageant to seven Preliminary Pageants and one Annual State Pageant. Upon Kohler’s retirement, leadership of the California Program is now under the direction of Pamela Wheeler who is also CEO of the Ms. Senior California 501(c)3.