The 41-year-old April Lufriu from Florida was crowned Mrs. America 2011 on April 14th at the Greenbrier Resort, White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. Competing as Mrs. Florida, the Tampa native is involved in raising funds for retinitis pigmentosa research. Lufriu is a business owner, model and dental hygienist. She is a leader for the Foundation Fighting Blindness, as she and her three children are affected by retinitis pigmentosa. The 1st runner up was Mrs. Hawaii Lara Foroimoana and the 2nd runner up was Mrs. Colorado Janell Ames. The remaining top six were Mrs. California Jennifer Glava, Mrs. Minnesota Yasmine Ryback, and Mrs. Georgia Tiffany Marshall.
The pageant was hosted by America’s favorite married woman, Mrs. Brady, Florence Henderson and her daughter Barbara Chase.
From the 51 delegates, the judges selected ten semi-finalists following Tuesday’s preliminary competition. They were:
* Mrs. California, Jennifer Glava
* Mrs. Colorado, Janell Ames
* Mrs. Florida, April Luifriu
* Mrs. Georgia, Tiffany Marsha
* Mrs. Hawaii, Lara Leimana Fonoimoana
* Mrs. Idaho, Kristie Bear
* Mrs. Michigan, Teresa Tafoya
* Mrs. Minnesota, Yasmine Ryback
* Mrs. Oregon, Aspen Droesch and
* Mrs. Texas, Abby Tracy
Two additional semi-finalists, selected through online voting, were Mrs. Virginia, Rachel Travis and Mrs. West Virginia, Kayla Tilley.
The two staff-selected semi-finalists were
* Mrs. Arkansas, Amanda Patterson and
* Mrs. Nebraska, Karalyn Hoefer.
Jim Justice, owner of The Greenbrier, drew the 15thsemi-finalist name at random, Mrs. New York , Karen O’Hara. The delegates spent two weeks at The Greenbrier where they toured the Cold War-era Congressional bunker, learned the art of falconry and discovered the fun of fly fishing. They also spent a morning hanging drywall and siding on the Habitat for Humanity Women Build home in White Sulphur Springs, WV.
The Mrs. America pageant will air as a two-hour primetime special on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 8, on My Family TV, R&R TV, Retro TV and the Dish Network.
Special thanks and credits to worldshowbiz.info
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