Tuesday, December 27, 2011


Desiree Nigrelli, MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA 2011, and the ladies of the QUEEN'S COURT.

Hello, and Greetings from the Great State of NEW JERSEY, the fabulous ladies of the NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB, and the MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA PAGEANT organization!

We are reaching out to expand our readership to include our "sisters" nationwide through their State Pageant Directors. We hope that you will read our blog and website from time to time and catch up with all our latest news. Our blog is now in its 3rd year, and there have been many articles of interest published. If you want to read any story, just click on the title on the left. They are dated by month and year. The following article is an overview of the year's activities for your perusal. Enjoy! Remember to include our blog in your contact list: www.msnewjerseysenioramerica.blogspot.com.

"Fast away the Old Year passes ... welcome in the New, lads and lasses!" So true are the words of the familiar carol, Deck the Halls. The year 2011 was good for the elegant ladies of the NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB, and the MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA PAGEANT. Our ladies gave many showcases throughout the State, thanks to the efforts of our Showcase Director, Delores Puzio. The current board of officers, brought much needed clarity, leadership and transparency to the NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB, and created a positive climate to allow its members to express their views and criticisms freely. The annual Holiday Celebration was such fun, thanks to the efforts of Sherri McGhie and her committee. Our official website, www.msnewjerseysenioramerica.org. made its debut last spring, thanks to the hard work of our President, Dale Maglia, and photos by Sherri McGhie. Special thanks to Jo Ann Gordon, Vice President, for designing the 2011 Calendar, the beautiful jewelry and name tags, and to Johanne Santori, for our new jackets with the MSNJSA logo.

The MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA PAGEANT 2011, received Statewide coverage in the STAR LEDGER, and a feature video on their website, and The Press of Atlantic City also continued its coverage. The Pageant was seen nationally on TV this year, when it was featured on the STYLE Channel, on the show, "JERSEYLICIOUS". Kudos to MSNJSA STATE PAGEANT DIRECTOR, Johanne Santori, for reaching out and getting us this much need exposure! A newly formed group, THE GREAT DAMES CHORUS, under the directorship of Josephine Araniti, MSNJSA 2007, is scheduled to make its debut at the MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA PAGEANT 2012.

On the other hand, there was, sadness for us this year, because we had to say "adieu" to many of our "sisters." The long time members who moved away to other States ... to you, we wish you good luck in your new homes. To those who are ill, we hope that you have a speedy recovery and return to us. To those who passed away ... to you, we say, rest in peace, and may perpetual light shine upon you. To those who have kept away, for other reasons ... please come back, we need you, your talent, your strength, and the joy you bring to this organization.

In closing, the following is a lovely poem written by Joanna Fuchs. Enjoy!


Looking back on the months gone by,
As a new year starts and an old one ends,
We contemplate what brought us joy,
And we think of our loved ones and our friends.
Recalling all the happy times,
Remembering how they enriched our lives,
We reflect upon who really counts,
As the fresh and bright new year arrives.
And when I/we ponder those who do,
I/We immediately think of you.
Thanks for being one of the reasons I'll/We'll
have a Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011


Cameras were clicking and flashing from several parts of the room .... It's no wonder .... these elegant ladies not only looked beautiful, but each one was at her peak performance level yesterday. Pictured from left to right are: Josephine Araniti, MSNJSA 2007, DIRECTOR, PUBLICITY/PUBLIC RELATIONS and GREAT DAMES CHORUS; Marge Wanamaker; Delores Puzio, MSDESA 2008 and NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB SHOWCASE DIRECTOR; Dale Maglia, PRESIDENT, NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB; Desiree Nigrelli, MSNJSA 2011; Rebecca Orsatti, MSNJSA 2010; Johanne Santori, MSNJSA 2006, and MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA STATE PAGEANT DIRECTOR; and Jo Ann Gordon, MSNJSA 2008, and VICE-PRESIDENT, NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB. Kudos to these beauties for a job well done!

Most people view run-ins with the law with trepidation, but, for a group of ladies from the NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB, yesterday's encounter turned out to be quite a pleasant affair. They were invited by the POLICE DEPARTMENT, CITY OF NEW YORK, JERSEY SHORE 10-13 ASSOCIATION, to perform at their 26TH ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARTY. The event was held at DOOLAN'S SHORE CLUB in Spring Lake Heights.

Upon arrival, the ladies were treated to drinks, by the Association's President, Al Beneducci, and then to a sumptuous sit-down dinner. Afterwords, they gave a show for 250 patrolmen, detectives and their spouses, and guests. All the ladies gave stellar performances, and the audience showed their appreciation and gratitude with enthusiastic applause for each lady's performance.

The spirit of the holiday season was high yesterday, and all of the fabulous ladies of the NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB hope that it will continue during the coming year. So, here's wishing all of you who read this blog a MERRY CHRISTMAS, HAPPY HANUKKAH, and a HAPPY NEW YEAR! And, last but not least, as the comedian Jerry Seinfeld once coined the phrase, "HAPPY FESTIVUS FOR THE REST OF US!"

Want more? Visit our State website: www.msnewjerseysenioramerica.org.

Thinking of becoming a contestant in the MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA PAGEANT 2012? Call MSNJSA STATE PAGEANT DIRECTOR, Johanne Santori and learn all about it! 609-822-7441.

Saturday, December 3, 2011


The stars shone brightly last night, to welcome the elegant ladies of the NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB and other invited guests, as they gathered together for the 13th ANNUAL HOLIDAY CELEBRATION, at La Bove Grande Restaurant in Lakehurst. It was a delightful evening, filled with fun, laughter, good cheer, and great music, and a delicious buffet dinner, complete with a mimosa fountain that flowed all night long. Enjoy the photo gallery from that fabulous evening!
In the first photo above, Desiree Nigrelli, MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA 2011, entertains her "sisters" and guests with her soulful rendition of the popular balled, "AT LAST".
Queen Desiree Nigrelli and husband Martin, move easily across the dance floor as they enjoy a slow ballad to the music of the ever so talented singer/DJ, Steve Berger.
Why is Adeo so happy ... he is surrounded by a bevvy of beauties ... his lovely wife Johanne Santori, MSNJSA STATE PAGEANT DIRECTOR, and her friends from the MISS AMERICA PAGEANT organization. Kudos to these great ladies who help us out each year with our pageant!
Two happy couples beam for the camera: Rebecca Orsatti, MSNJSA2010, and Desiree Nigrelli, MSNJSA2011.
Looking stylish and elegant are: Jo Ann Gordon,MSNJSA2008 and Vice President, New Jersey Cameo Club. Bernadette Dudek, MSNJSA2009, standing Barbi Jo Crema, and Josephine Araniti,MSNJSA2007, Director, Publicity/Public Relations, and Director Great Dames Chorus.
Same photo as above, with Carol Lelli, sitting down. Jo Ann also served on the committee for the Annual Holiday Celebration.
Phyllis Burton and Pauline Petto, together with their spouses, enjoying each others company.
The "sisters" from Leisuretown were excellent examples of charm and elegance. From left to right: Lyn Gibson,MSNJSA2000, Gloria Segal, Marianne Szumski, and Leah Whelan, 1st runner up, MSNJSA PAGEANT,2011.
In the background are Patricia Franz and husband. During the evening, Maria Crowell and her dancing partner, dazzled everyone with an elegant ballroom dance.
Kay Vigue and husband were especially proud to watch their daughter Melanie, who encouraged many ladies to get out onto the dance floor and follow her as she made up impromptu dance routines.
Rose Majofsky (our lady in red), and husband made friends with the parents and friends of Jo Ann Gordon.
Eileen Renders, and Norma Cruz Vasquez take a rest in between dances. Singer-DJ Steve Berger and wife Debbie kept everyone on their feet dancing the night away to so many great tunes.
Laverne Stokes, MSSA1985, brought all her friends. Maybe they will decide to become future contestants in the MSNJSA PAGEANT!
Delores Puzio, MSDESA2008, raises a toast, cuddling under the protective arm of her friend Bob, and Sherri McGhie and Uncle smile in agreement.
Sitting are Norma McGhie, MSNJSA1995, and husband Roy,and standing are Patricia Oravetz MSNJSA2001 and husband. Norma and Sherri chaired the committee for this year's party. Thanks for a wonderful evening!

Another reason the evening was so special was to welcome back those "sisters" who have been out due to illness of their own, or their spouses.
Josephine Araniti, MSNJSA2007, was also able to attend this year's party, and brought her husband Nazmi.
Marge Wanamaker enjoys a friendly hug from Ethel Sullivan, as Brenda Christian, Dale Maglia, President, NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB, and another committee member, and Rosa Cuomo, smile broadly for the camera.
Pictured above are: Fran Lundeen, Agnes Raimondi, Grace Luong0, MSFLSA1993, and friends.

It is come to this reporter's attention that there is no picture of Delores Peronace, MSNJSA2002. She wasn't at table when I went around the room, and I didn't realize that I had omitted her until I was at home writing this article. Sorry for the omission. I hope I didn't leave any other NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB lady out. Please contact me if I did.

Thanks again to the committee for a job well done! MERRY CHRISTMAS, HAPPY HANUKKAH, and, as the comedian Jerry Seinfeld coined the phrase, HAPPY FESTIVUS FOR THE REST OF US!

For more photos of the 13th Annual Holiday Celebration, please visit our website: www.msnewjerseysenioramerica.org.