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Ms. New York Senior America

Joan Garrison of Mount Sinai strikes a pose

Joan Garrison of Mount Sinai strikes a pose while competing in the Ms. New York Senior America pageant. (May 6, 2012) Photo Credit: Steven Sunshine

Twelve competed in the Ms. New York Senior America. All the contestants in the pageant, held before a crowd of hundreds in the Lindenhurst High School auditorium, were 60 or older. The winner, Donna Dean, is from Coram.

The Seasoned Steppers perform at the Ms. New
Photo Credit: Steven Sunshine

The Seasoned Steppers perform at the Ms. New York Senior America pageant, held at Lindenhurst High School Sunday. (May 6, 2012)

C.J. Marie of North Bellmore performs
Photo Credit: Steven Sunshine

C.J. Marie of North Bellmore performs "She Works Hard For the Money" at the Ms. New York Senior America pageant. (May 6, 2012)

Evelyn Gramazio was among the dozen competitors at
Photo Credit: Steven Sunshine

Evelyn Gramazio was among the dozen competitors at Sunday's Ms. New York Senior America pageant in Lindenhurst. (May 6, 2012)

Joan Garrison of Mount Sinai strikes a pose
Photo Credit: Steven Sunshine

Joan Garrison of Mount Sinai strikes a pose while competing in the Ms. New York Senior America pageant. (May 6, 2012)

Vivien Gurfein of Manhasset, is a former Israeli
Photo Credit: Steven Sunshine

Vivien Gurfein of Manhasset, is a former Israeli Defense Forces volunteer and author. She was among the competitors in the Ms. New York Senior America pageant Sunday. (May 6, 2012)

Donna Dean of Coram, who says “We’re not
Photo Credit: Steven Sunshine

Donna Dean of Coram, who says “We’re not little grandmas sitting in the rocking chair,” is crowned Ms. New York Senior America 2012 in Lindenhurst Sunday. (May 6, 2012)

Elaine Whitehouse competes in the Ms. New York
Photo Credit: Steven Sunshine

Elaine Whitehouse competes in the Ms. New York Senior America pageant at Lindenhurst High School. (May 6, 2012)

Pat Tropia of Levittown, left, and Dolores Meglio
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Pat Tropia of Levittown, left, and Dolores Meglio of Farmingdale are spangled and smiling before the start of the Ms. New York Senior America pageant Sunday. (May 6, 2012)

Pat Tropia of Levittown before the start of
Photo Credit: Steven Sunshine

Pat Tropia of Levittown before the start of Sunday's Ms. New York Senior America pageant. (May 6, 2012)

Artistine Norris of North Babylon is ready to
Photo Credit: Steven Sunshine

Artistine Norris of North Babylon is ready to compete before the start of the 2012 Ms. New York Senior America pageant Sunday. (May 6, 2012)

C.J. Marie saunters in a glittering gown at
Photo Credit: Steven Sunshine

C.J. Marie saunters in a glittering gown at the Ms. New York Senior America pageant. (May 6, 2012)

Glowing in green, Phyllis Pinard competes in the
Photo Credit: Steven Sunshine

Glowing in green, Phyllis Pinard competes in the Ms. New York Senior America pageant. (May 6, 2012)

Accessorized with a red flower in her hair,
Photo Credit: Steven Sunshine

Accessorized with a red flower in her hair, Hope Tovar competes in the Ms. New York Senior America pageant. (May 6, 2012)

Robyn Kumar drives it home during the competition
Photo Credit: Steven Sunshine

Robyn Kumar drives it home during the competition at the Ms. New York Senior America pageant. (May 6, 2012)

Tina Hanley, in a bronze evening gown, competes
Photo Credit: Steven Sunshine

Tina Hanley, in a bronze evening gown, competes in the Ms. New York Senior America pageant. (May 6, 2012)

Joan Garrison, of Mount Sinai, says
Photo Credit: Steven Sunshine

Joan Garrison, of Mount Sinai, says "Enjoy life, whether you are young or approaching the age of elegance," at in the Ms. New York Senior America pageant. (May 6, 2012)

Pagent Queen Kathleen Keating was crowned Ms. New
Photo Credit: Steven Sunshine

Pagent Queen Kathleen Keating was crowned Ms. New York Senior America in 2011. (May 6, 2012)

The five finalists in the Ms. Senior New
Photo Credit: Steven Sunshine

The five finalists in the Ms. Senior New York America pageant. (May 6, 2012)

Pagent Queen Kathleen Keating was crowned Ms. New
Photo Credit: Steven Sunshine

Pagent Queen Kathleen Keating was crowned Ms. New York Senior America in 2011. (May 6, 2012)

Helen Halpin McCarney of Manhasset was crowned Ms.
Photo Credit: Steven Sunshine

Helen Halpin McCarney of Manhasset was crowned Ms. Senior America in 2005. (May 6, 2012)

Elisabeth Zamarelli of Stony Brook was Ms. Senior
Photo Credit: Steven Sunshine

Elisabeth Zamarelli of Stony Brook was Ms. Senior New York in 2010. (May 6, 2012)

Gail King was Ms. New York Senior America
Photo Credit: Steven Sunshine

Gail King was Ms. New York Senior America in 2009. (May 6, 2012)

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