The Arkansas Senior America Pageant came to Hot Springs Village for the first time in its 31-year history on June 29, 2019. Professional entertainer, Ken Goodman, will hosted the pageant that was open to all Arkansas women over 60 who are citizens of the U.S., have resided in Arkansas for at least 6 months, and are not former state queens.
“I believe that Hot Springs Village is the perfect venue to showcase and pay tribute to the senior women in our state who make valuable contributions to our communities,” says Patricia Genovese, Pageant Administrator. This is a search for the gracious lady who best exemplifies dignity, maturity, and inner beauty of all senior Americans. The pageant philosophy is based on the premise that seniors are the foundation of America and our most valuable treasure. It is upon their knowledge, experience, and resources that younger generations have the opportunity to build a better society.
Contestants are judged in 4 categories: TALENT: Sing, dance, storytelling, art, needle craft, fashion design, photography, music, theater, comedy, poetry, or another talent to share in 2 minutes and 45 seconds; PRIVATE INTERVIEW with a panel of independent and qualified judges; EVENING GOWN: Show your poise and beauty; and PHILOSOPHY OF LIFE: Your principles of life in 35 seconds.
The winner Shannon Morgan Tahaney was crowned Ms. Arkansas Senior America 2019. She will represent Arkansas at the National Finals October 20-25, 2019 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Sharon Morgan Tahaney of El Dorado Arkansas Crowned Ms Arkansas Senior America 2019!
The Coronado Center in Hot Springs Village proved to be the perfect venue for the 31st Annual Arkansas Senior America Pageant where Sharon Tahaney was crowned Arkansas Senior America on June 29, 2019. Tahaney was one of 14 contestants vying for the title. Playing to a full house; contestants were judged in 4 categories: talent, private interview, evening gown and philosophy of life.
Ms Tahaney holds a Master’s degree in English followed by a career as a “Corporate Executive and Content Strategist and Developer”. She’s authored 6 books on personal joy, security and leadership and conducted leadership retreats around the world. Tahaney believes, “there are no limits in life based on age, just on attitude”. For her talent, Sharon sang “Summertime” from the 1935 opera, Porgy & Bess.
Ms Tahaney will now make her way to Atlantic City, New Jersey to compete for Senior America 2019 along with 40 other state winners. The pageant philosophy is based on the premise that seniors are the foundation of America and our most valuable treasure. It is upon their knowledge, experience and resources that younger generations have the opportunity to build a better society.
Also winning were: 1st runner up, Sherry Allen, 2nd runner up, Alice Canham, 3rd runner up, Carrie Thomsen and 4th runner up, Jo West. The queen and her court will travel the state to promote the pageant and perform for area agencies on aging and senior centers throughout the state. Ms. Tahaney and the court are available as featured speakers and performers.
For information on reserving a speaking engagement date or performance date please contact: Director, Pattie Genovese, phone 501-622-3131.
To learn more about Arkansas Senior America go to: arkansassenioramericapageant.com; to learn more about Senior America go to: senioramerica.org
Known as Arkansas’s Leading Man, Ken has performed on stages across the region, has been a featured soloist with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, and has entertained audiences with his one-man shows and as Master of Ceremonies, among other things. Joy Dewing, CSA, National/Broadway Casting Director, states “I can say with confidence that Ken is as good as they come.” Currently, Mr. Goodman appears as El Gallo in The Fantasticks and as Cox in Box and Cox, both running at The Hot Springs Bathhouse Dinner Theatre.
Ken is a Founding Member and is on the Board of Directors of The Entertainment Foundation, a not-for-profit organization providing professional entertainment to our nation’s veterans, senior adults, and the underserved.
Ken has been married to college sweetheart Stephanie for 27 years, and they enjoy their 3 kids and 2 grandchildren.
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