Tuesday, September 21, 2010


Rebecca Orsatti, MSNJSA 2010, and the QUEEN'S COURT. From right to left are: Betty Pruitt, 4th ru; Patricia Genovese, 1st ru; Queen Rebecca; Marti Noel-Stier, 2nd ru; Leah J. Whelan, 3rd ru.

The fabulous ladies of the NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB surround Queen Rebecca Orsatti, on the boardwalk in Atlantic City's Summer Solstice Parade, on Saturday, June 26.

Rebecca Orsatti, was an honored guest at a Republican fundraiser in Linwood. In the photo, Governor Chris Christie, and Freeholder Frank Formica, acknowledge Rebecca for winning the title of MSNJSA 2010.

Pageant fever has reached its peak these days, as beauty aficionados eagerly await the MS SENIOR AMERICA PAGEANT 2010, an annual pageant for women 60 and over, which will be held during the week of October 3rd through 6th, at Harrah's in Atlantic City. This year marks the 30th anniversary of Senior America, Inc., and organization officials are planning several events to celebrate the occasion during pageant week.

MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA 2010, REBECCA ORSATTI, too, is exhilarated and excited, and has spent the past summer preparing for the upcoming national pageant. As the familiar quote says: "it takes a village to make a child", so has it taken people to help "Becky", as she is fondly known. MSNJSA PAGEANT DIRECTOR, Johanne Santori, has arranged appearances for Queen Rebecca at parades, fundraisers, Atlantic City events, radio and TV, newspaper interviews, and speaking engagements. She and the QUEEN'S COURT have been in several parades statewide. Delores Puzio, Director of the NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB SHOWCASES, which is the service wing of the MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA PAGEANT, has booked shows to highlight the current queen, and Rebecca performs alongside her "sisters"throughout the Garden State. These gorgeous and talented ladies of the NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB have nurtured and supported Rebecca, since she won the state title.

Rebecca is using her crown and title to "make a difference", and so far, she has found 2 worthy causes to promote: an appearance for the Rotary Club and Just 4 KIDS FOUNDATION, and as judge for the MISS CAPE MAY BEAUTY PAGEANT 2010. She plans to seek out more opportunities to be of service during this year of her reign.

She has received many acknowledgments and citations, for her achievements thus far. The list includes: 1. The Atlantic City Council Members; 2. Mayor of Atlantic City, Lorenzo Langford. 3. The Atlantic County Freeholders Board - presentation by Freeholder Frank Formica. 4. The Atlantic County Executive - Dennis Levenson. 5. State Senator James Whelan. 6. The Assemblymen of Atlantic County - John Amadeo and Vince Polistina. 7. The Governor of New Jersey - Chris Christie.

Whether it be friend, family, Cameo sisters, or politician, everyone knows "Becky" and admires her charm, wit, beauty and gorgeous singing voice. She has captured our hearts with her sweet smile and uplifting spirit, and she is an excellent role model for people in the 60+ generation. She has already ignited people's hearts in New Jersey, and we believe that the national title of MS SENIOR AMERICA 2010 is well within her grasp. We send our love and wish her much luck!

Monday, September 20, 2010


By now most of you who read our blog, know that I, Josephine Araniti, am the writer. It has been my pleasure to write about the New Jersey Senior America Pageant, its Queens, the Senior America National Pageant, and the "elegant ladies" of the New Jersey Cameo Club. The intent of this blog is to write about these truly inspirational women, as they journey through life after age 60.

I have been a member of the New Jersey Cameo Club for 3 years, after I won the title of MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA 2007. Until now, I haven't written about myself, but I did have a busy summer, and I would like to share some of those times with you.

Wall Township held a Memorial Day Celebration on the Town Green, and I sang in the chorus to commemorate the holiday.

On Saturday, June 26th, I performed at the Greenbriar II Clubhouse auditorium, where I live, located in Brick. I have performed for my friends and neighbors for the past 6 years. This year's show was entitled, "A SALUTE TO FAMOUS DIVAS OF STAGE & SCREEN". I saluted Metropolitan opera divas, Renee Fleming and Anna Nebtrenko, movie legends, Deanna Durbin, Jane Powell, Kathryn Grayson, and Ann Blythe, and, with the help of a guest baritone, sang duets of Jeannette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy. I sang songs of Whitney Houston, Dolly Parton, and Dianna Ross. There were show tunes made famous by broadway stars, Julie Andrews and Bernadette Peters. My show ended with "Broadway Blockbusters", a 5 song medley from broadway's longest running shows, One, Beauty & the Beast, Fiddler on the Roof, Miss Saigon, and Les Miserables. For my encore, I sang "I'll Be Seeing You", made famous by the greatest "gal" of all, Liberace!

In July, I participated in a benefit concert at the Church of Good Shepherd Lutheran, in Point Pleasant. I sang several of the songs listed above. The event was a fundraiser in support of the church's summer youth programs.

Later that month, I competed in the Second Senior Idol Contest, that was held at the historic Strand Theater, in Lakewood. I was among 15 contests, 55 and over who performed. Although I received high praise from the 3 judges, I didn't win. Not to worry, though ... I really enjoyed myself and was thrilled to sing on the stage of that gorgeous theater.

On August 14th, I participated in a Gong-A-Thon, another fundraiser, sponsored by The Algonquin Arts Theater. That was a fun show, and another occasion to sing on the stage of a theater with great acoustics and sound system. I won a prize for the Best Interpretation.

Yes, it was a busy summer, and, as you can see, I too, am having the time of my life, now that I am 60 and beyond! My plan for the year ahead is to continue to keep busy by performing with my sisters in the NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB, and in giving one woman shows of my own.

My schedule includes a show later in September, and continues through December. Anyone wishing to attend any of my performances or to book a show can call me at: 732-202-1494.

Sunday, September 19, 2010


The Medford Central Record ran a story about our New Jersey Cameo Club sisters, who reside in Leisure Towne, Southampton, a 55 and over adult community, that was published the week of September 9th. Reporter Dubravka Kolumbic wrote a lovely feature article about our sisters, in which she highlighted their personal stories, and captured the essence of SENIOR AMERICA, INC., and the MS SENIOR AMERICA PAGEANT organization.

Thanks go to Lyn Gibson, MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA 2000, for organizing the "elegant ladies", who were interviewed that day in the clubhouse auditorium. The ladies present were: Lyn Gibson, MSNJSA 2000; Elva Lawrence, MSNJSA 1987; Doris Liberta, MSNJSA 1998; Gloria Segal, Barbara Ross, Leah Whelan, and Marianne Szumski. Names of other past queens were mentioned, who either had moved away, or were deceased.

The interview also included, an impromptu concert, and each lady performed her own specialty routine for Ms. Kolumbic. She uploaded the video onto the newspaper's website.

You may read the entire interview, view photos, and video by visiting the newspaper's website: http://www.southjerseylocalnews.com/articles/2010/09/09/medford_central_record/news/doc4c879f577ac34707537547.txt.

Cudos, ladies, you were marvelous!