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Erica Webster (left) and Charlynda Scales, contestants of the Ms. Veteran America Pageant, appeared on Good Morning Washington on Sept. 26.

Grit and Glamour: Several months ago, Erica (Walsh) Webster spoke with Philly Happening about her participation in the Ms. Veteran American Pageant. Webster is a native of Roxborough and currently lives in Lafayette Hill. She is the Owner/Head Coach at DUB FITNESS, LLC. in King of Prussia.  Our conversation with Walsh centered around her passion for the pageant’s cause to raise money and awareness for homeless female veterans across the country. Webster was motivated to raise funds through grassroots efforts and was looking to spread the word. Now, months later, not only did Webster make the top 25 that will compete in this weekend’s final phase of the pageant on Sunday, Oct. 9 at Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C., she’s currently the runner-up in fundraising efforts with $13,000 raised by grassroots efforts alone.

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 Webster with Scales and Ms.  Veteran America founder Major Jas Boothe.

On Sept. 26, Webster appeared on Good Morning Washington with the founder of Final Salute, Inc., whose mission is to provide homeless women veterans with safe and suitable housing, and Charlynda Scales, a fellow pageant contestant. Scales served on active duty for 10 years before joining the Air Force Reserves in 2015. She is passionate about veterans, entrepreneurship, and helping others. Webster served at Guantanamo Bay, Camp Humphreys, Fort Leavenworth, and Iraq. She has also made the Dean’s List at West Chester University, where she studies health and physical education.

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On Sunday, the Ms. Veteran America Pageant will consist of:

– a push-up competition for those who have entered (Webster is a competitor)
– formal introductions, photos and videos of the 25 finalists
– an interview portion that involves military history,  key female roles in history and history of the organization
– talent (Webster’s is dance!)
– group choreographed performance
– celebrity guest appearances
– VIP guest attendees
Stay tuned on phillyhappening.com for pageant updates and results!