Friday, October 19, 2012


The search for "the gracious lady who best exemplifies the dignity, maturity and inner beauty of all Senior Americans" is over, and the winner of the MS SENIOR AMERICA PAGEANT 2012, was a California woman.  However, CAROL DUGAN, MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA 2012, scored enough points to make the 2012 QUEEN'S COURT.  The 5 day Pageant was held during the week of October 7th, at Harrah's Resort Hotel and Casino, in Atlantic City, in the Concert Venue Theater.

Carol looked beautiful and stylish, in a pink gown which she modeled in the Evening Gown and Philosophy of Life Catagories.  The graceful train of her gown allowed her to glide effortlessly across the stage.  Among the contestants, hers was one of the few life affirming and uplifting Philosophies of Life that were presented.

At the Final Pageant on Thursday Otober 11th, the TOP 10 was chosen.  The judges chose not only the best contestants nationwide, but a group of women  possessing a wide variety of performing talents, ranging form grand opera to soul music, and piano performance to rap dancing.

As the field narrowed, CAROL DUGAN, made 4th runner up, and became part of the 2012 MS SENIOR AMERICA'S QUEEN'S COURT.  The ladies are from right to left: 3rd RU, Boni Losee/MSUTSA;
1st RU, MSSCSA/Laura Mac Fayden;  MSSA2012/Elisabeth Howard;  2nd RU,  Lillie Madison/MSTXSA;  and 4th RU, Carol Dugan/MSNJSA.  During this year of their reigns, each lady will represent the National Queen, should she be unable to appear at scheduled events in their regions of the country.  Queen CAROL DUGAN, will represent the entire Northeast Region.

Former MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA QUEENS stood proudly beside CAROL DUGAN in the photo session that followed the Pageant.  From left to right are:  Bernadette Dudek/MSNJSA'09;
Josephine Araniti/MSNJSA'07; Norma MCGhie/MSNJSA'95; Carol Dugan/MSNJSA'12; Johanne Santori/MSNJSA'06 & MSNJSA STATE PAGEANT DIRECTOR; Rebecca Orsatti/MSNJSA'10; Sandra Greco/MSNJSA'03 & MSSA'03; and Jo Ann Gordon/MSNJSA'08.

The GRAND BALL is a time of celebration and fun for all the contestants.  The gala event was held on Wednesday evening, prior to the Final Pageant.  Ladies from the NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB and former MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA QUEENS attended the Ball, and joined together with CAROL DUGAN to wish her good luck. 

The "Royal Couple" posed together outside the ballroom.  John, Carol's husband, was the stabilizing force and her "rock" during Pageant Week. He provided a quiet haven for her to return to, during a hectic week of grueling rehearsals and judges' interviews. 

CAROL DUGAN, will remember the MS SENIOR AMERICA NATIONAL PAGEANT 2012, as a wonderful time in her life.  In her own words, "it was unbelievable.  I was so ecxited to be 4th runner up, because the talent this year was remarkable.  It was very over the top.  I've never met so many talented, elegent, beautiful and intelligent women, some of whom I will be communicating with for the rest of my life".