The Ms. Senior Florida Pageant is a celebration of life and self worth, of laughter and tears, of inner beauty and outward charm. Our purpose is to give women 60 years of age and older the opportunity to display their inner beauty, talents, philosophy and elegance. We seek to draw attention to the achievements of senior women and motivate and encourage women to utilize their full potential and share a positive outlook on life with others.
Congratulations to Betsy Ross Horn of Vero Beach Florida who was crowned Ms. Senior Florida 2013!
From left to right: Betsy Ross Horn, Ms. Senior Florida 2013 from Vero Beach, FL. Louise Ferla, VP Senior America.
Congratulations to our Top 5!From left to right: Dr. Lindsey Smith, 2nd runner up from St. Augustine, FL. Jeanne Larranaga, 1st runner up from Bradenton, FL. Betsy Ross Horn, Ms. Senior Florida 2013 from Vero Beach, FL. Terry Johnson 3rd runner up from Vero Beach, FL. Barbara Wong 4th runner up from Melbourne, FL.
Congratulations to all of this years contestants!
From left to right: Eileen Warchall, Palm City, FL. Peggy Braden Tune, Cocoa Beach, FL. Colette Schweizer, St. Lucie West, FL. Joann Purcell, Vero Beach, FL. Cynthia Monsour, Vero Beach, FL. Joan Commons, Melbourne, FL. Jeanne Larranaga, Bradenton, FL. Terry Johnson, Vero Beach, FL. Cherie Halleran, Vero Beach, FL. Carmelita R. Church, Port St. Lucie, FL. Linda Cobb, Melbourne, FL. Glenis Delmar, Vero Beach, FL. Betsy Ross Horn, Vero Beach, FL. Alice Kreitz, Melbourne, FL. Dr. Florence Jo Licata, Vero Beach, FL. Barbara Petrillo, Vero Beach, FL. Peggy Robbins, Vero Beach, FL. Dr. Lindsey Smith, St. Augustine, FL. Margaret M. Vanparys, Vero Beach, FL. Barbara Wong, Melbourne, FL.
4/22/2013 Calling All Contestants! Click here to download the press release >
Location & Date
To be determined.
For more information, tickets and applications, please call Hedi Headley, Pageant Director at: 772-564-9222 or email her at: Carefreepr@yahoo.com
Deadline for Entry is December 15, 2013.
Fees and Refunds
The fee to apply for Ms. Senior Florida Pageant is $99.00. Contestants will be notified if they are selected to participate as a state finalist in the pageant.
Refunds, less a $10.00 administration fee, will be sent out after February, 2014. All applicants NOT selected (or those who choose not to participate) will receive refunds.
You can download the contestant application by downloading the PDF here >
Prizes will be determined by January 1, 2014.
For the Ms Senior Florida Pageant, contestants must abide by the following rules and regulations as prepared by the committee for the state of Florida.
All contestants will be required to participate for the year in promotional photos, advertising, TV, radio and other guest appearances as needed. This will be outlined in detail in the following paragraphs.
A. Contestants must be 60 years of age or older, and are eligible to participate regardless of her employment status. She may be a professional or an amateur.
B. Contestants must be a resident of Florida for at least 3 months prior to the state contest. Any woman working in the area for more than 3 months is considered eligible.
C. Contestants must be a citizen of the United States.
D. Ms Senior Florida title holder will not participate in any other pageant related competition during her year of reign and understands it will mean forfeiture of her local, state and national appearances
E. Contestants are expected to participate in all scheduled rehearsals and Pageant events.
F. All appearances and promotions or advertising during the year of reign will be scheduled only by the Pageant Committee. Future schedules will be coordinated with the committee as well if it relates to the title.
G. No contestant can have any model or talent agency schedule or accept any ads, promotions or commercials for Ms Senior Florida for the year of her reign except through the arrangements of the Pageant Committee.
H. Contestants must be of GOOD CHARACTER AND HAVE THE QUALITY OF "Inner Beauty" in her lifestyle. She must possess and display talent in a talent routine not to exceed 2 minutes, which may not include film, fire, animals, or another person.
I. Each contestant is to be furnished with the same type of lighting, mikes, script introduction, and facilities as received by all other contestants while competing for the State title.
J. Contestants must furnish State Pageant coordinator with a completed application packet.
K. A contestant may have a total of three (3) opportunities to enter the Ms Senior Florida Pageant and compete for the title. Only two (2) of these entries may be in consecutive years.
L. Contestants will be required to participate in any photos, personal appearances, promotions, commercials, and interviews as arranged by the Pageant Committee.
M. Winner is expected to participate through future years with the pageant and participate each year in pageant activities.
N. Contestants will not be accepted for the Ms Senior Florida Pageant if they have participated in an alternative Senior Pageant in the past 24 months within the state of Florida.
Carefree Public Relations, owned by Hedi Headley and Helen McKnight, came up with the idea of a senior pageant to recognize and honor women who have reached the "Age of Elegance".
The Pageant started off with 30 contestants, ages 60 and up, in a ballroom at Sun Village, in Arizona. Five brave corporate sponsors backed the event; Del Web Corp, Daily News-Sun, Arizona Senior World Newspapers ( now Lovin' Life), KOY Radio, and Moore Graphics.
The inaugural Pageant, of 1990 was an instant success. A sold out crowd of over 450 people watched Sue Singleton Love as she was crowned the very first Ms. Senior Arizona. More than 300 people were turned away that night.
That same year the Pageant moved to a new location at the Sundome (since permanently closed and scheduled for demolition). This allowed the pageant to be produced at a professional level and to grow and accommodate the ever increasing audience.
Change is inevitable with a production the size of Ms. Senior Arizona. In 2002, Founders Headley and McKnight were drawn in other directions as their "Your Second 50 Years" Radio show, heard locally on 960 KKNT, became nationally syndicated. They began working in partnership with Marilyn Joyce and Robin Colagrande, who took over the roles as Pageant Director and Coordinator. Joyce and Colagrande shared the passion for this pageant with its original founders.
Today, Hedi Headley and Helen McKnight are working on the second annual Ms. Senior Florida Pageant with the help of Regency Park and their team of dedicated associates.