San Leandro, Calif. — Two Indian American women are among 23 hopefuls for the 2014 Ms. America title. The pageant finals will take place Aug. 9 at the Curtis Theater in Brea, Calif.

Ms. Southeast America Dreamy Patel, a lead system engineer for Lockheed Martin and the founder and CEO of the Dreamy Art Gallery near Orlando, Fla., is running on the platform of “Strong Bones for Strong Bodies: Keeping our People Osteoporosis-Free.”

Ms. Southwest America Riti Chikkerur is running on the platform of “I2R: Idea to Revolution,” which invests in women who seek to “turn a simple idea into a revolutionary positive change in society,” said a spokesperson.

Chikkerur, an actress and entrepreneur from Austin, Texas, who also goes by the name Riti Madugula, is the founder and CEO of Four Sisters Petroleum LLC, a petroleum import/export distribution business.

According to a press release from the organization, the Ms. America Pageant is for women 26 years of age and up who are single, divorced, married, widowed, with or without children. The pageant is based on four areas of competition: evening gown, interview, sportswear and finalists’ on-stage questions. Visit msameriapageant.com for information. The Ms. America Pageant will award over $40,000 in gifts and prizes at this year’s national finals Aug. 9.

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