STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Former Staten Islander Lenore Cibelli-Lambert will be competing for the title of Ms. New Jersey Senior America, 48 years later after competing for Miss Staten Island contestant. This is Lambert’s second try at the crown, placing first runner-up for the title in 2023.

The Ms. New Jersey Senior America pageant is set for May 30, 2024, at Harrah’s Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Hoping to gain the crown this year, Lambert is taking the competition all in stride.

“It’s never too late, and you’re never too old to just have fun,” said Lambert, who is a professional singer with the Al Lambert Orchestra, led by her husband, popular Staten Island singer, Al Lambert. The band regularly entertains on Staten Island, New Jersey, and Florida. She will be singing for the talent portion of the pageant.

The Ms. Senior America Organization holds competitions throughout the US, and the state winners continue on to the National Competition for the title of Ms. Senior America, also being held in Atlantic City this year at The Tropicana Hotel.

The competition consists of four categories; Philosophy of Life, Interview, Talent and Evening Gown. As part of their mission statement, “It is the search for that gracious lady who has reached ‘The Age of Elegance,’” a category for ages 60 years or more.

Lenore Lambert (Courtesy Kelly Amber Photography)(Courtesy Kelly Miller)


Lambert is active on Staten Island, working as a committee member for the Miss Staten Island-Miss Richmond County Scholarship Organization, for which she enjoys helping the delegates gain confidence, give back to their community, and to prepare them for their competition.

“Our young ladies work very hard in this scholarship competition, so I’m taking the advice I give to them, and putting my best foot forward,” she said. “As I explained to some of our titleholders recently: You compete against yourself, no one else.”

Additionally, Lambert has been involved in over 25 variety shows sponsored by the South Shore Rotary and has recently joined a newly formed chorus slated to perform at various veteran events in the near future, both directed by her husband Al Lambert.

In New Jersey, the NJ Senior America Cameo Club is a pageant sisterhood and an extension of the Senior America pageant. The Cameo Club performs at events to bring awareness that women at any age can still enjoy life and have fun.

Tickets are $30 per person and will be available at the Harrah’s box office the day of the event May 30. Seating is general admission on a first come first serve basis so get there early. The pageant begins at 1 p.m. and is scheduled to end by 4 p.m.

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