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ETHEL BENNETT, FOUNDER Ethel, Ms. New York Senior America 1985, is the Founder and was Director of Ms. New York Senior America for more than 20 years. She was also the National Pageant Director for many years. Ethel is an actress, song stylist, print model and has performed in TV and radio commercials and in many local theatrical productions. She writes, directs and produces shows for organization functions, charities, hospitals and nursing homes. She writes a monthly column, "Age of Elegance", for 50 + LIFESTYLES. Her biography, "Ring Them Bells", was recently published. Ethel is also a licensed real estate agent. She received a Special Merit Recognition Award from Radio Station WLUX. She was named "Woman of the Year"by Sandel Senior Center in Nassau County and most recently "Woman of the Year of Suffolk County".
Working closely with Ethel, Marleen became co-director, and in 2006, she became director of Ms. New York Senior America. There she is . . . [cached]
For two decades, Ethel Bennett, director of the state and national pageant and 1985 winner of the state title, has helped women of a certain age become queen for a day; one of whom earns a year-long reign.
MS. NEW YORK SENIOR AMERICA, 16 July 2011 [cached]
The Independent Newspaper serving the Hamptons, North Fork, Shelter Island and East End of Long Island, Suffolk County, NY, 2 Nov 2005 [cached]
For 21 years, Ethel Bennett has served as the National Director for the Senior America Pageant.It is an annual event that seeks to crown a senior woman who depicts dignity, elegance, poise, and an upbeat look on life.She should also possess talent and a good philosophy about living.
In 1985 at 64 she won the crown - Ms. New York Senior America.Bennett has been a motivational speaker for 15 years, addressing audiences at libraries, luncheons, and senior centers.Her topic?"Staying Young Forever." She also writes a column titled "The Age of Elegance," for the Senior News in which she discusses the activity in senior America.And it doesn't stop there.This 83-year-old dynamo produced an exercise video, "Stay Young with Ethel Bennett" and has been an instructor for 30 years teaching ballet stretch, yoga, and calisthenics.
In her younger years, Bennett worked as a model for Bloomingdale's and Macy's in the stores' spring fashion shows and did some print modeling for Bernard McFadden Publishing, a house that specializes in romance novels.She also penned a detailed memoir called Ring Them Bells which encompasses 80 years of living, four marriages (losing two husbands to death), the Great Depression, WWII, the civil rights movement, and seeing the drastic changes in the morality of women and their political aspirations.
Having seen many changes occur among the roles of women, it is the current generation of girls that have her most concerned.
"I do not approve of what's happening to young girls now.Young women are exposing themselves physically and I think it's terrible.And I believe it is the cause of many rapes, sexual harassment, and murder," Bennett said."Although I do feel women as a whole have stepped forward: they're educated, have gained independence and respect by being educated, and having that opportunity they too can achieve positions of importance," she added.
"People are living longer and are staying younger.Giving them the opportunity to have achievements in life before starting a family.Years ago people died at the age of 70.Now they're dying at 90 and 50 is like 30," said Bennett.
Bennett underwent a single mastectomy and is currently undergoing chemotherapy.
Their dedication, concern and support has enriched my life," Bennett concluded. - Crowning Moment, 31 May 2003 [cached]
"In Miss America, the woman who wears that crown is a pure, virginal girl,ý explains the director of the state and national pageant, Ethel Bennett, 81."But when you're talking about Ms. Senior America, you're talking about a woman who has already lived her life.ý
That's a pageant Ethel Bennett knows intimately, since besides being the director, she placed second runner-up in the nationals after taking the New York crown in 1985.She and her husband, Marvin, 81, co-direct the state pageant together.
Ethel Bennett stepped up to the microphone after the talent competition ended and nudged the audience, "What are we proving?
At last, Bennett bellowed, "This is the moment we've all waited for.ý The 11 ladies stood perfectly in a line, terrified, like schoolchildren at a recital.
And then lastly, Bennett says the name, the name everyone already knew, "Marie Mango.ý
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