Ten women aged 60 years or older competed in the 2013 Ms. New York Senior America Pageant at Lindenhurst High School. Virginia Werner, 65, of Bellerose, was crowned the winner.
Virginia Werner, a Bellerose resident and Long Island
Virginia Werner, a Bellerose resident and Long Island native, performs a saber dance to "Caravan Sword Dance" at Ethel Bennett's Ms. New York Senior America pageant at Lindenhurst High School. Werner won first place and is Ms. New York Senior America 2013. (May 5, 2013) (Credit: Ann Luk)
Helen McCarney, Ms. New York Senior America 2005,
Helen McCarney, Ms. New York Senior America 2005, performs "Quiet Please" during Ethel Bennett's Ms. New York Senior America pageant at Lindenhurst High School. McCarney also received a standing ovation after she told jokes and rapped. (May 5, 2013) (Credit: Ann Luk)
The Seasoned Steppers tap dance to
The Seasoned Steppers tap dance to "Sinatra Medley" during the second act of Ethel Bennett's Ms. New York Senior America pageant at Lindenhurst High School. The choreographer for the group is Marianne Stahl. (May 5, 2013) (Credit: Ann Luk)

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"Ascot Gavotte" was performed before intermission at Ethel Bennett's Ms. New York Senior America pageant at Lindenhurst High School. (May 5, 2013) (Credit: Ann Luk)
Monique Remy, from Rockville Centre, showcases her philosophy
Monique Remy, from Rockville Centre, showcases her philosophy of life and evening gown during Ethel Bennett's Ms. New York Senior America pageant at Lindenhurst High School. Remy encourages others to pursure their passions and to think of themselves as ageless. (May 5, 2013) (Credit: Ann Luk)
Contestants Donna Graziano (left), 62, and Lorraine Bettica,
Contestants Donna Graziano (left), 62, and Lorraine Bettica, 68, wait in the dressing room before Ethel Bennett's Ms. New York Senior America pageant at Lindenhurst High School. The two women met during the competition and have become close friends. (May 5, 2013) (Credit: Ann Luk)
Contestant Gladys Nilsen (right), 74, is pampered by
Contestant Gladys Nilsen (right), 74, is pampered by volunteer cosmotologist, Yvonne Gaillard, backstage of Ethel Bennett's Ms. New York Senior America pageant at Lindenhurst High School. (May 5, 2013) (Credit: Ann Luk)
Contestants line up for introductions during Ethel Bennett's
Contestants line up for introductions during Ethel Bennett's Ms. New York Senior America pageant at Lindenhurst High School. (May 5, 2013) (Credit: Ann Luk)

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Chiara Klein (left), from Scarsdale, hosts Ethel Bennett's
Chiara Klein (left), from Scarsdale, hosts Ethel Bennett's Ms. New York Senior America pageant with her grandmother, Marleen Schuss, at Lindenhurst High School. Schuss has been the director of the pageant since 2006. (May 5, 2013) (Credit: Ann Luk)
Contestants pose at the end of Ethel Bennett's
Contestants pose at the end of Ethel Bennett's Ms. New York Senior America pageant at Lindenhurst High School. (Left to right) Lorraine Bettica, Gladys Nilsen, Judith Berman, Virginia Werner, Barbara Fairfax, Donna Graziano and Ellen Sexton hold their rewards. Werner won first place. (May 5, 2013) (Credit: Ann Luk)
Runners-up are awarded plaques and roses at Ethel
Runners-up are awarded plaques and roses at Ethel Bennett's Ms. New York Senior America pageant at Lindenhurst High School. (May 5, 2013) (Credit: Ann Luk)
Donna Dean, Ms. New York Senior America 2012,
Donna Dean, Ms. New York Senior America 2012, performs a farewell song at Ethel Bennett's Ms. New York Senior America pageant at Lindenhurst High School. (May 5, 2013) (Credit: Ann Luk)
Judith Berman dances to
Judith Berman dances to "Amazing Love," performed by her daughters-in-law at Ethel Bennett's Ms. New York Senior America pageant at Lindenhurst High School. Berman was voted Miss Congeniality by contestants and won third place in the competition. (May 5, 2013) (Credit: Ann Luk)

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Gladys Nilsen, 74, sings and dances to
Gladys Nilsen, 74, sings and dances to "Mama eu Malguena" at Ethel Bennett's Ms. New York Senior America pageant at Lindenhurst High School. (May 5, 2013) (Credit: Ann Luk)
Hempstead resident Barbara Fairfax, 66, performs
Hempstead resident Barbara Fairfax, 66, performs "Wind Beneath My Wings" at Ethel Bennett's Ms. New York Senior America pageant at Lindenhurst High School. Fairfax won second place in the competition. (May 5, 2013) (Credit: Ann Luk)