Standing, from left to right: Linda Green/Guitarist-Singer-Songwriter, Leah Whelan/Singer, Renee Tompkins/Singer, Mary Ann McDavit/Dancer, Vanessa Shaw/Singer, and Debbie Pettjohn/Comedianne. Jodi Rose/Opera Singer, not in photo.
The CLASS OF 2013 was revealed on Monday, April 29th, at the MEET THE CONTESTANTS luncheon, which was held at Leisuretown Adult Community, Southampton. The event was hosted by the officers of the NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB, and the help of resident Lyn Gibson/MSNJSA 2000, who reserved Laurel Hall for the occasion.
The fare included an assortment of wraps and submarine sandwiches, condiments, and hot and cold beverages. Everyone looked forward to dessert, which was a special treat, prepared by Jo Ann Gordon/MSNJSA 2008 & Vice President of the NJ CAMEO CLUB, which included 2 kinds of her fabulous brownies and delicious rice pudding.
With happy hearts and full stomachs, Johanne Santori/MSNJSA 2006 & MSNJSA STATE PAGEANT DIRECTOR, began the meeting. The "illuminati" introduced themselves and described their positions in the pageant organization and NJ CAMEO CLUB. Carol Dugan/MSNJSA 2012, talked about the happy times she had during this year of her reign, and gave the contestants valuable advise about what they can expect. Then, the time came for the contestants to introduce themselves. Each lady was a delight for the eyes, spoke eleoquently and passionately, about their talent, and the causes they care about. Johanne awarded each contestant a plaque of appreciation for their participation in this year's pageant. The meeting concluded with a fun photo op for all, and rehearsal for the opening number of the pageant.