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Day Deborah Rica Lipford, now known as Dr. Day Gardner, is a former Miss Atlantic City, (1974) who served as Miss Delaware 1976 and made history by becoming the first African American contestant to place as a top ten semi-finalist at the Miss America 1977 pageant.
She was President and Director of Lipford Corporation. Her main achievement was the thematic and interior design the SandCastle Entertainment Complex, a $40 million dinner theater and nightclub facility located in the center of Guam's thriving tourist district.
Gardner worked as a media consultant KUAM Broadcasting in Ordot, Guam and upon returning to the U.S. Mainland was an on-air personality and producer with African Broadcasting at the World Trade Center in New York City.
She is also the anchor for the 'Daily Life News with Day Gardner' program for NPLR.net online.
In January 2011, Day Gardner received a Doctorate Degree from the Faith Evangelical College and Seminary in Tacoma, Washington.
Dr. Gardner's first novel, 'IF NOT FOR GRACE' was published in the spring of 2011 and is available in book stores and online.
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