Woman of Achievement 2017 Contestants
Royalty All Around
The 2017 Woman of Achievement Pageant was held on the famously luxurious Queen Mary in Long Beach, California. The week was filled with workshops, seminars and an awesome pageant! Ladies from across the country competed for the coveted titles of Ms., Ms. Elite, Mrs., and Mrs. Woman of Achievement. Marlena Martin, National Director created a pageant that celebrates the contributions women make to their communities and the world.
The Queen Mary has been permanently docked in Long Beach since 1967. Once one of the grandest ships in Cunard lines, the RMS Queen Mary hosted royalty and celebrities throughout the years. Photos on board tell the history of this magnificent ocean liner. The ship was not only known for its glamour and glitz, but was refitted during World War II and served in combat. The Queen Mary is rumored to have permanent ghostly residents. I am sure the spirits from by gone days enjoyed the glamour of the pageant.
The several panels of judges from were involved in the selection process. The ladies were scored in interview, platform presentation, creative expression/speech, fitness, and evening gown. The MC for the evening were Elizabeth Cron Miss US woman of Achievement 2016 and Ricky Powell a former child actor. He was the first kid to say “Let go my Eggo!” The ballroom was also filled with reigning royalty from the surrounding areas as well as family and friends for the contestants.
There was definitely excitement in the air when the winners were announced!
Ms. Woman of Achievement – Elizabeth Gonzales (Ms. Florida)
Platform: U.S.O. United Service Organizations
Ms. Elite Woman of Achievement – Kimberly Jones (Ms. Elite Arizona)
Platform: Traumatic Brain Injury Survivors Teaching the Caregivers How to Survive and Thrive
Mrs. US Woman of Achievement – Lyndsay Gorske (Ms. Colorado)
Platform: Reframing, Unlocking, Loving & Shifting to Create a Healthy Happy & Free Life
Mrs. Elite US Woman of Achievement – Tanya Eldemire (Mrs. Elite Texas)
Mrs. National United States Woman of Achievement – Ani Hudgens (Ms. Elite Florida)
Platform: Buckle Up Every Trip- Every Time
2017 Woman of Achievement Ambassador – Marsha Feldman (Mrs. Florida)
Talent Winners: Julie Smith(Mrs. Elite Missouri) Elizabeth Gonzales (Ms. Florida)
Style Award: Chiedza Mavangira (Ms. Orange Country)
Lifetime Achievement Award: Ani Hudgen (Ms. Elite Florida)
Best Gown : Laura Kutrby ( Ms. Elite Sunshine State)
Fitness Award: Elizabeth Gonzales ( Ms. Florida)
Extraordinary Military Gold Achievement Award: Susan Porter , 2016 US Woman of Achievement
Lifetime Queen: Brook Westgate-Kelley
Humanitarian Award: Robin Ross Holmes (Ms. Elite Arizona)
Excellence in Service for the US Military: Elizabeth Gonzales (Ms. Florida)
TFTJ congratulates all of the new Queens!