71-year-old Boca Raton Resident Roberta Hauser Was Crowned “Miss Fabulous” And
Will Serve As Wellness Ambassador For The Long-Term Acute Care Hospital Company
More than 300 community leaders and wellness advocates attended the inaugural Women’s “40s, 50s, & Fabulous” Wellness Competition sponsored by Promise Healthcare to promote its corporate and community wellness initiatives and to support the League for the Educational Advancement of Human Rights’ (www.leahforkids.org) global outreach to support its world wellness mission.
Held at the Boca Raton Bridge Hotel, the competition event was presented to increase awareness of the benefits of incorporating wellness into a woman’s daily activities and recognize women ages 40 and above who embrace and exemplify a healthy and fit life and style. Thirteen contestants, ages 40 to 83 years old, competed for the crown at the runway event in both fitness and cocktail attire, with dresses provided by LUCX Boutique. The event was part of the festivities that led up to the Battle of Florida collegiate football all-star championship game coached by award-winning football legends Bobby Bowden and Howard Schnellenberger.
Boca Raton resident and retired ballet dancer Roberta Hauser, 71, was crowned Miss Fabulous and will serve as a Promise Healthcare ambassador of well-being locally and in its Promise hospital markets, and enjoy a three-night vacation getaway for two at the Radisson Aruba Resort,Casino & Spa, including airfare. Hauser volunteers to comfort terminally ill children.
The first runner up was Lauri Capano, 50, of Boca Raton, and the second runner up was Carrie Colangelo, 44 of Lake Worth. They both received a two-night stay at the Boca Raton Bridge Hotel, including their renowned Sunday Brunch. The top five finalists received prizes for their participation, including brunch at the Bridge Hotel.
Other contestants included Bernice Goldman, 83, a great-grandmother of seven and Lisa Catania, 40, who has competed in multiple events, including Super Woman Bikini, Strong Woman, Joe DiMaggio 50K bike tour, and duathlons.
Competition judges were Mary Ippolito, as head judge who is the founder and owner of The Health Connection; Tim Brumm, group training coordinator at Lifetime Athletic Club; Michelle Mascari, master instructor trainer for Lifetime Fitness, Shirley Iamunno, a founder of the Battle of Florida; and Gary Rack, owner/operator of the Racks Restaurant Group. As the judges deliberated, the Sounds of Vision with guest female vocalist Maria De Crescenzo of KC and the Sunshine Band performed a set of jazz favorites with full show taking stage during the celebratory reception.
“What an incredible night of wellness…all contestants were superb role models of healthful living,” noted competition executive director Carmel Pasquale. “The age range of these women demonstrates that wellness can begin or be achieved at any aging milestone, well into your 80s and 90s. By benefitting LEAHR, the event increased attention to the importance of wellness not just in the United States, but in countries around the globe.”
Pasquale’s passion for fitness stems from her experience as a lifelong athlete who grew up participating in all levels of sports and a career as the owner of health clubs, spas and beauty salons. While raising her two now-grown boys, her focus was always on health and nutrition that motivated her to become formally trained and educated as a chef focusing on diet and nutrition. Pasquale has now turned her passions into an overall fitness mission to help women develop their mind, body and spirit.
Event sponsors included Promise Healthcare (presenting sponsor); Radisson Aruba Resort, Casino & Spa; Life Time Fitness; Boca Raton Bridge Hotel; Jody Jack & Co. Hair Salon; MedeFile International, Inc.; LUCX Boutique; Floral & Hearty Designs, Inc.; Nussentials/JBK Naturals; Gary Rack Restaurant Management Group; Sapoznik Insurance, ConColor Imports, Inc., Elements Therapeutic Massage and Joseph Mirrione.
Competition Executive Director Carmel Pasquale, Finalist Julie Kimberly, Finalist Lauri Capano, “Miss Fabulous” Roberta Hauser, Finalist Lisa Catania, Finalist Carrie Colangelo, Promise Healthcare CEO Peter Baronoff.