Nashville, TN, July 28, 2007 --(PR.com
)-- Elaine Cato has advanced to the top three finalists for ABC's reality show American Inventor.
Impressed with her progress since advancing as a finalist in episode 4 on June 27th, the show's expert panel of judges sent Cato and her invention, The Annette Convertible Bra , to the final three to vie for the million-dollar grand prize and the chance to become the next great American Inventor. Cato describes her 6-in-1 Convertible Brassiere invention as, "A convertible brassiere that accommodates the full wardrobe of small frame women with a "C" cup or above. This is a traditional brassiere that converts into six configurations and affords the full back to be exposed with comfort because there is no mid-section and it can be worn with full wardrobe."
In last night's two-hour episode of "American Inventor" on ABC , six inventors struggled to make the right decisions, race against the clock to complete their prototype and plan their presentations to the judges. While the other three were sent home, Cato's invention was among three of the best. America was called upon to vote to determine who will win the title of American Inventor, which will be revealed in the season finale episode on August 1.
Cato, a former Miss Black Tennessee & Miss Black USA, is a native of Nashville, TN. A mother of two daughters and a licensed realtor, she is an alumna of Tennessee State University where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.
As director of the Miss Black Tennessee Scholarship Pageant, Cato has continued her legacy by assisting young ladies to achieve excellence in education. Under her leadership, the reigning Miss Black Tennessee, Kalilah Allen-Harris, recently won the national title as Miss Black USA 2007-2008. With the title, Allen-Harris receives a $20,000 scholarship and becomes national spokesperson for the Miss Black USA organization.
Using the criteria of innovation, mass appeal, marketability and passion, the judges selected Cato winner of the national casting call in Chicago . She received $50,000, a ticket to Los Angeles, and one month to perfect her invention with the dream of seeing the product on shelves across the country.
Viewers may tune-in to American Inventor, Wednesdays 9/8c on ABC.
About the Miss Black Tennessee Scholarship Organization
The Miss Black Tennessee Scholarship Organization is an auxiliary of The Miss Black USA Scholarship Organization. In 2006, the Miss Black Tennessee Scholarship Pageant was welcomed into state prominence after nearly a 10-year hiatus with a successful record of over 300 attendees from across the state. The Miss Black Tennessee Scholarship Pageant is the official preliminary to the national Miss Black USA Scholarship Pageant. www.missblacktennessee.com