Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Every pageant has a coveted "inner circle" that contestants vie for, which is called the top ten, and Ms New Jersey Senior America 2008, Jo Ann Gordon of Brick, made it. After many years in Las Vegas, the 28th Ms Senior America Pageant returned to the east coast, and was held at Harrah's in Atlantic City. The week long event offered many activities opened to the public which included: a parade on the boardwalk, live shows, a health expo, opportunities for shopping, and the Ms Senior America 2008 Pageant. Elegant and beautiful ladies from across the fruited plain and US territories graced the stage of the Concert Venue Theater, all hoping to win the crown, or if not, at least to be in the top ten.
Wearing a demeure and beautiful pale pink gown, Jo Ann excelled in physical beauty and poise. She appeared radiant, as she glided effortlessy across the stage in the Evening Gown catagory. Returning again to recite her Philosophy of Life, Jo Ann used sign language as she spoke. Lasting only 35 seconds, her philosphy was uplifting and optimistic, and relevant to today's issues. Her vocal rendition of "An Orange Colored Sky", was bright and powerful, and shouts of bravo and loud applause were heard throughout the theater.
New Jersey Senior America and her New Jersey Cameo Club were proud of JoAnn and how excellently she represented the Garden State at the national pageant. She will continue to reign as Ms New Jersey Senior America 2008, appear in Cameo Club Showcases along with the "sisterhood", and fullfill the many other duties assigned to her during the coming year.
Friday, October 17, 2008
Since she was crowned Ms New Jersey Senior America 2008, Jo Ann Gordon has been one busy queen. In the first photo she is laughing at Mayor Stephen C. Acropolis of Brick, as he told a joke. Afterward, he read a proclamation of appreciation to Jo Ann on behalf of his Office and the Brick Town Council. Next, she and NJ State Pageant Director Johanne Santori stand in between the "Beatles", in the lobby of the Tropicana. She and Johanne were guests of radio show host Pinky Kravitz, which airs in the Atlantic City area. Below, Jo Ann smiles broadly as does host Mike Moran of WJRZ-FM Sunday morning show, "Down the Shore". Lovely Jo Ann at home standing in front of her piano. Lastly, Jo Ann, carrying a delicious culinary delight prepared by the head chef at "A Taste of Atlantic City".
Besides, these events, she has been in several parades around the State, and continues to sing with the New Jersey Cameo Club Showcases. Next week, she will compete with other State queens for the coveted title of Ms Senior America 2008, at Harrah's in Atlantic City. All of her NJ Cameo Club "sisters" are excited and proud of their queen and wish her the best. In their eyes, she is already a winner.
Pageant week is full of many exciting activites, and the public is cordially invited to attend any and all events beginning Sunday, October 19th through Friday, 24th. Of special interest is the parade on the boardwalk, which starts at 3:00pm. All the State delegates will ride in cars, and there will be music, floats and marching bands. On Monday, the National Cameo Club Showcase will be held in the Eden Lounge. On Tuesday, is the "Welcome to Atlantic City Show" in the Concert Venue Theater. The 2 preliminary pageants are on Wednesday and Thursday, and the Final Competition, on Friday, also in the theater. With the exception of the parade, all shows begin at 1:00 pm. For more information call Senior America, Inc., at: (732) 746-2598.
Saturday, October 11, 2008
"Many seek, but few are chosen". This is the story of Delores Puzio, who was chosen to represent the State of Delaware in the upcoming Ms. Senior America 2008 Pageant. In an effort to have all 50 States and US territories represented in the annual pageants, Senior America, Inc. chooses only worthy and exceptional women to the position of At-Large State Delegate. This year, Dr. Al Mott bestowed that honor upon Delores in appreciation of her 10 year association with New Jersey Senior America. In his opinion, there was no finer lady who could represent the State of Delaware better than she.
Delores joins 45 other beautiful women from around the country, who will compete for the national title of Ms Senior America 2008. Many events are planned for the week of Sunday, October 19th through Friday, 24th at Harrah's in Atlantic City, which include: a Sunday Parade on the Boardwalk at 3:00pm, "Welcome To Atlantic City" show, Senior Health Expo with many opportunities for shopping, 2 Preliminary Shows, and the Final Competition. All shows are held in the Concert Venue Theater and will begin at 1:00pm. For information and tickets please log on to their website, www.senioramerica.org, or call: (732)746-2598.
Delores presently serves as President of the New Jersey Senior America Cameo Club, in which she manages and oversees its many meetings, activities and events during the year. She performs with NJSACC, and continually manages to impress her audiences with great jazz tap dance routines. Her Cameo Club sisters lovingly nicknamed her the "energizer bunny". She is also involved in her church in Toms River, as teacher in the religious education program.
A professionally trained dancer, Delores had her own studio for many years. During that time, she trained many aspiring dancers and encouraged them to realize their dreams. Her advice to them was, "work with what you've got, and never be envious of others".
Delores believes that her most important accomplishment was raising their 4 children, and that she and husband Bob of 58 years were the epitome of soulmates. Even though Bob succumbed to Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, she made sure to let him know that he was never a burden.
NJSA, NJSA Cameo Club, and Senior America, Inc. are grateful to Delores for adopting the neighboring State of Delaware, and all wish her well in next week's Ms Senior America Pageant 2008. She is the ideal woman to "light the torch of awareness" in Delaware, which will hopefully lead to future pageants by the residents of that State. To read Delores' full biography, please log onto: www.senioramerica.org/State Pageants/Map of New Jersey.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Organizations owe their success to the dedicated people who work for them, and New Jersey Senior America Cameo Club is no exception. Margaret "Marge" Wanamaker, an exceptional women of beauty and grace, is one such dedicated person. As the New Jersey Cameo Club Showcase Director, she is the lady who gives its members the opportunity to display their God-given talents.
Over the years Marge has worked hard to promote the Cameo Showcase productions. Today, thanks to her hard work, the Cameo Club is constantly in demand to perform all over the Garden State. Most recently, she arranged a Cameo Club performance for the veterans at the Lyons, New Jersey campus. A large audience of veterans from all branches of the military and their families were in attendance, and a good time was had by all.
Marge is also a very talented performer. As our resident "Marilyn Monroe", she does such an impeccable imitation, that audiences are amazed by the uncanny resemblance she has to the late movie star.
She is a life affirming and positive women, who rewards her ladies with encouragement and praise whenever they perform. All who know her adore her. Kudos to you, Marge Wanamaker, for a job well done!