Meet the Newly Crowned Ms. Colorado Senor America 2018 – Ms. Gale Novak

Gale Novak

Gale Novak

Ms. Gayle Novak of Englewood was crowned queen at the 24th Annual Ms. Colorado Senior America Pageant which was held at the Lone Tree Arts Center on Saturday, May 26, 2018. Queen Gayle’s court consists of first runner up Dr. Linda Lister of Denver, and second runner up Ms. Dee Clark of Denver. Other contestants who competed were Sharon Cahlan, Carmen Cavoto, Cheryl Gilliland, Janie Howell, Judy Huff, Eileen LuKanic, Linda Ross, Julie Whalen, and Kathleen Zahller. The 2018 Queen was crowned by the outgoing queen, Jeannine Montgomerie.

Gayle wowed the audience with singing and dancing to her upbeat and energetic version of “Money, Money, Money” from the long running Broadway musical “Mama Mia.” Later she again captured the audience with her silver beaded designer gown, and her positive philosophy of life.

Gayle through her philanthropy efforts has raised millions of dollars for local charities. She has chaired “Western Fantasy Gala” for Volunteers of America and “Saturday Night Alive” for the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. She has also steered events for Cancer League of Colorado, and the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation just to name a few.

“My Fair Lady” set the theme for the event, and it was an exciting afternoon of talent, evening gowns, and philosophy of life presentations. The contestants are to be congratulated for their wonderful presentations in trying to capture the title. Ms. Novak was voted queen by the distinguished panel of judges Jill Beam, Joey Canyon, Jeanette Trujillo-Lucero, and Fran Owens. The judging criteria was based on private interview, presentation of philosophy of life, poise in modeling evening gowns and, of course, talent.

This year this spectacular event included both visiting and local royalty. The current Ms. Senior America 2017, Ms. Carolyn Slade Harden from New Jersey, was a guest and performed during the show. Ms. Senior America 2004 Ms. Michelle Rahn (who also wore the Colorado crown that year) co-hosted the event with Tony David, a local entertainer and restaurateur of WildeFire fame. Rene Green, Colorado State Pageant Administrator, and her Assistant, Yvonne Guzman-Rodriguez coordinated the entire event. The Production Manager was Carol Swanson, Ms. Colorado Senior America 2009, and her Assistant, Judy Rowe.

Michelle Rahn opened the ceremony with her guitar and robust audience sing along to the “Star Spangled Banner.” The opening number “Ascot Gavotte” in keeping with the Theme “My Fair Lady” showcased the talents of Colorado Cameo Club members and their husbands or other male escorts were dressed in black and white period attire, wearing large hats and top hats, with a splash of red, was choreographed by Jan Harley, Ms. Colorado Senior America 2002. Contestants introduced themselves to the audience by delivering their heartwarming Philosophy of Life speeches (each in under 35 seconds!).

The audience was thrilled when National Queen Carolyn Slade Harden sang her rendition of “I Love Being Here with You” personalizing it to include names of the 2018 Pageant Committee members. Contestants then commanded the stage modeling their beautiful evening gowns with poise and elegance walking the full length of the stage with turns and poses showing themselves to best advance. Co-Emcee Tony David, and new Grandfather just hours before the pageant started, thrilled the audience with his smooth singing of “Portrait of My Love.” Afterwards, as in all pageants and showcases, the Cameo Club Ragtimers lined up and did their marvelous tambourine routine to close the first act.

The second act was opened with Jeannine Montgomerie singing the number that won her the title in 2017,” I Could Have Danced All Night.” This was followed by contestants performing their highly diverse talent acts, including singers, dancers, pianists, and comedy. Carolyn Slade Harden and Michelle Rahn entertained the audience with a stirring, hand clapping song about Sisterhood while the tabulator was calculating the results. The pageant was attended by almost 450 guests.

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, be a contestant in the 2019 Pageant, or more information about the current queen visit

Submitted by
René Green
Colorado State Pageant Administrator
Ms. Colorado Senior America Pageant

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