~By Debbie Buczkowski, MSCAP Board Chair ~
Congratulations, Ms. Buddi Boryla, of Aurora, who was crowned Ms. Colorado Senior America 2015 by Ms. Sharon Nuanes, MCSA 2014 at the Pageant held on Saturday, June 27 at Pinnacle Performing Arts Complex. Her court consisted of first runner up Ms. Sharon Parry of Lone Tree, and second runner up Ms. Claudette Erek of Littleton, along with contestants Ann Anderson, Connie Bobka, Rita Carlon, Alicia Johansson-Melody, Cyndy Oberdier, Nancy Pulc, and Benita Velasquez.
Buddi Boryla is a fun and joyous person. She says, “Some pursue happiness and others create it. I love to laugh and to make everyone around me smile.” She developed her southern drawl when she spent her childhood in Brinkley, Arkansas, and it was a great addition to her talent presentation of “Pontoon” (the Little Big Town hit). During her life, she has pursued her passion of song and dance, and has performed on a Russian cruise ship and appeared at Country Dinner Play House. Her motivation to perform is to make people laugh and smile. Buddi has a strong love of family and thanks them for their great support. She grew up with two handicapped siblings and, because of that, was dedicated to getting the Americans with Disabilities Act passed. Buddi will be a wonderful addition to the Ms. Colorado Senior America Cameo Club which performs showcases throughout the Denver Metro area each year.
All of the contestants are to be commended for their wonderful presentations in trying to capture the title. Ms.Boryla was voted queen by the distinguished panel of judges Jennifer Burnett, Ken Goodwin, Marlena Hooker Moore, Dr. Debra Arko Novotny and Eric Reamer . The judging criteria was based on Ms. Boryla’s private interview, her presentation of her Philosophy of Life, her poise and elegance as she modeled her evening gown, and of course, her knockout performance of “Pontoon” (originally performed by Little Big Town.
What an exciting afternoon! This marked the 21st Anniversary of the annual pageant, created to give honor to women who have reached the age of elegance, 60+ years of age. The pageant “It’s A Magical Life,” celebrated the tremendous wealth of beauty, talent, and experience that senior women have to share with their communities and each other. Colorado’s Air Force Color Guard of Aurora opened the ceremony, along with Debbie Buczkowski singing “God Bless America.” Gifted Master of Ceremonies, Mr. David Casiano, a former Mayor of Parker, kept the audience captive, and what a moment when guest singer, Mark Middlebrooks serenaded the contestants with “That Old Black Magic.” Jan Giese-Harley spearheaded the onstage production, which included the opening number of “It’s A Whole New World” choreographed by Diane Page and performed by the Cameo ladies. Before her final walk, a bit of magic was performed by MCSA 2014 Ms. Sharon Nuanes who went above and beyond her role as queen throughout her reign, and as in all their pageants and showcases, the Cameo Club Ragtimers did their marvelous tambourine routine. The Pageant is a charitable organization and Cameo club, its supporting arm, performs at various venues throughout the Denver Metro Area. These ladies are to be commended for voluntarily working together to create such a wonderful afternoon of pageantry. To learn more about them and the current queen visit www.colosramerica.com.
2015 Queen Buddi’s first public appearance will be at the 4th of July Parade in Highlands Ranch, where you can join in supporting your senior queen and her ladies. These women exemplify that seniors are the foundation of our nation and an example of what vitality and a spirit of community can do to help keep America strong. Bring your well wishes as Buddi will represent Colorado when she competes for the national title of Ms. Senior America in the 2015 Ms. Senior America Pageant at the Resorts Hotel on the Boardwalk in Atlantic City, New Jersey this October.