Tuesday, July 21, 2009


Manchester Town Council President Craig Wallis read the Proclamation of Achievement, and Vice-President Councilman Fred Trutkoff presented the plaque to Queen Bernadette Dudek.

An entourage of queens! Pictured from left to right are: Norma McGhie, 1995; MSNJSA State Pageant Director, Johanne Santori, 2006; Queen Bernadette Dudek, MSNJSA 2009; Jo Ann Gordon, 2008; and Josephine Araniti, 2007.
The courtroom at Manchester Town Hall was alive with excitement, on Monday, July 13th, as family, friends, NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB ladies, and citizens of Manchester came to honor Queen Bernadette Dudek. A resident of Manchester who resides in La Renaissance Adult Community, Bernadette was awarded a PROCLAMATION OF ACHIEVEMENT by Mayor Michael Fressoli and the Manchester Town Council, for having won the title of MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA 2009.
Bernadette was among 12 very talented and elegant ladies, age 60 and over, who came from all around the State of New Jersey, and graced the stage of the Concert Venue Theater at Harrah’s in Atlantic City.
A retired State of New Jersey employee, Bernadette and her late husband Al moved to Manchester 2 years ago. Since then, she has been very active in her community. For her talent, Bernadette sang a wonderful rendition of “I Could Have Danced All Night”.
Bernadette also won first prize in the first SENIOR AMERICAN IDOL CONTEST on Sunday, July 12th. The event was held at the Strand Theater in Lakewood, and was sponsored by WOBM-AM radio, hosted by Mary Ann Levy, of the Bob and Mary Ann Levy Show. She won $500.00 and an appearance to sing the national anthem at a Blue Claws game.
As winner of the State pageant, Bernadette will represent the Garden State, and will compete in the national pageant for the title of MS SENIOR AMERICA 2009. The MS SENIOR AMERICA PAGEANT 2009 will also be held at Harrah’s Resort and Casino in Atlantic City, during the week of October 4th - 8th.
Congratulations and the best of luck to Queen Bernadette from all of your NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB "sisters"!