Tuesday, June 16, 2009

PICTURES FROM THE MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA PAGEANT 2009

Here are some photos taken by Debby Berger, which were in the PHOTO GALLERY, an online news publication, by THE TIMES, OF TRENTON, on Friday, June 5th. Many thanks to Debby for her coverage.



Pianist Elva Lawrence, MSNJSA 1987, played a medley of popular songs that had the audience singing along.

Operatic soprano, Josephine Araniti, MSNJSA 2007, sang "Signore, Ascolta", from Puccini's opera, TURANDOT.

Emcee Helen Halpin McCarney, MSSA 2005, did several comedy routines. Here she is, imitating the legendary, comedian, Jimmy Durante.

The following are the Talent Presentations from the Class of 2009, (not necessarily in this order):


Not pictured is Eileen T. Renders, nutritionist, Egg Harbor Township. "A Presentation of Health Issues".


Barby Jo Crema, singer, Oceanville. "The Best From This Moment On".

Judith Webster, singer, Mahwah. "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Out Of My Hair".

Barbara Ross, tap dancer, Southampton."42nd Street".

Carole Lelli, dancer, Ocean City. "Charleston".

Kay Vigue, singer, Pleasantville. "Everything's Coming Up Roses".

Gloria Segal, singer, Southampton. "Mr. Cellophane".

Bernadette Dudek, singer, Manchester. "I Could Have Danced All Night".

MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA PAGEANT STATE DIRECTOR, Johanne Santori, provided a break in the talent portion of the the program. She sang the French song, "Hymn a l' amour", and dedicated it to her husband, Adeo.

Mary Helen Hoffman, comedienne, Egg Harbor City. "Humor".

Blanch R. Carter, singer, Egg Harbor. "Teach Me Tonight".

Rebecca Orsatti, singer, Atlantic City. Starting Here, Starting Now".

Outgoing Queen Jo Ann Gordon, MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA 2008, smiled broadly, as she crossed the stage, for her farewell walk. She presented a video montage, which was a nostalgic look back at her reign. After her farewell speech, she sang the song, "Home", from the Broadway show, WICKED.

The CLASS OF 2009, awaiting the judges decision of the top 5 finalists.

Selection of the new Queen, Bernadette Dudek, MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA 2009. She is flanked by the Queen's Court: Carol Lelli, 4th runner-up; left/second row: Eileen T. Renders, 3rd runner-up; right/2nd row: Kay Vigue, 2nd runner-up; left/1st row (hugging): Rebecca Orsatti, 1st runner-up; right/1st row.

Outgoing Queen Jo Ann Gordon crowns new Queen, Bernadette Dudek.

Queen Bernadette Dudek, MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA 2009, smiles and waves to her subjects.

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