Friday, June 28, 2013


NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB (photo courtesy, Sherri McGhie)
Memories of the MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA PAGEANT held earlier this month, are still fresh in the minds of our membership. The photo above and those which follow show these elegant ladies at their finest.

THE CLASS OF 2013 (photo courtesy, Sherri McGhie)
Out going Queen Carol Dugan in the middle, joins the CLASS OF 2013, in a post pageant photo op.

THE 2013 QUEENS COURT (photo courtesy, Sherri McGhie)
 Thirteen very talented contestants made the judges' job very difficult to find the top 5 this year, but in the end they made their decision.  From left to right are: Jodi Rose/4th RU; Ruth Schlossberg/2nd RU; Vanessa Shaw/MSNJSA2013; Marion Guererra/1st RU; Diane Beebe/3rd RU.

OFFICERS OF THE NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB (photo courtesy, Sherri McGhie)
The officers of the NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB have served with honor, integrity and fairness to all for the last 4 years.  Their term will be ending soon, and the quest to fill their shoes will be hard. They are from left to right: Joan Kaplan/Treasurer; Agnes Traschetti/Secretary; Jo Ann Gordon, MSNJSA08'/Vice President; Dale Maglia/President.

MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA QUEENS (photo courtesy, Sherri McGhie)
Vanessa Shaw, MSNJSA2013, joins the ranks of past New Jersey Queens, to begin her year long committment to promote the positive aspects on aging.

Along with fullfilling her commitment as MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA 2013, and her appearances with the NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB, Vanessa Shaw has been busy this month, as writer/producer/performer of her one woman show called "EARTHA AND ME", which she performed at Pace University in New York.


On Wednesday, June 26th, Vanessa was invited to North Bergen City Hall, where she received her first award at the monthly Town Council meeting.  Holding the plaque with her is Mayor Nicholas Sacco. 

Along with Queen Vanessa, the ladies of the NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB have also been busy during the month of June, with showcases.  This month in particular, ladies traveled to far points of the State and gave 5 stellar performances. 

As you read along, you will notice several photos that were submitted by the very talented Sherri McGhie.  She does such wonderful work, and truly deserves thanks from this reporter for enhancing this article.
THE GRANDE DAMES CHORUS (photo courtesy, Sherri McGhie)
MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA STATE PAGEANT DIRECTOR, Johanne Santori once again gave our elegant ladies an "Evening To Remember", by arranging the appearance of  THE GRANDE DAMES CHORUS, in the Atlantic City Armed Forces Parade.  A huge crowd of people lined the boardwalk fort the annual event.

TWO QUEENS SING DUET (photo courtesy, Sherri McGhie)
Last year, Carol Dugan, MSNJSA2012, sang a patriotic medley, which not only won her the State title, but got her into 4th place at the National Pageant.  This year, she shared her medley with Vanessa.  Vanessa lent her rich mezzo soprano voice to "America the Beautiful", and Carol sang "Living In The  USA" with all the enthusiasm we have become used to.  The effect was dynamic ... the mixture of Opera and Pop was magical.
THE GRANDE DAMES CHORUS (photo courtesy, Sherri McGhie)
Several of the ladies in THE GRANDE DAMES CHORUS will become "freindly adversaries" later this month and in July.  They will be competing in the Shore Senior Idol Contest, Sunday, June 30th, Algonquin Theater, Manasquan,  3:00 pm., and  Seniors Got Talent Contest, Sunday, July 28th,  Strand Theater, Lakewood,  3:00 pm.   Come out and cheer for your favorite. 

The victories of the past month are the rewards these elegant ladies deserve.  They were unselfish and untiring in their efforts to give pleasure to their constituents.  Other than an occasional parade, they go where "few dare to go", to give  their elderly constituents, a little bit of happiness. 

Kudos, ladies on a job well done! 

Thursday, June 6, 2013



There she is ... the new Queen!  Vanessa Shaw, a resident of North Bergen, in Hudson County, who emerged victorious as the winner of the MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA PAGEANT 2013, Tuesday June 4th, at Harrah's Resort and Casino.  From the moment she walked onto the stage of the Concert Venue Theater, Vanessa stood out among the other 12 contestants, with her captivating smile and majestic demeanor.  

All the ladies from the CLASS OF 2013 were fierce competitors, yet Vanessa managed to impress both a panel of distinguished judges and a supportive audience that she deserved the title.  For the Talent Portion of the Pageant, she sang "Losing My Mind", from the Stephen Sondheim musical, Follies.   Shaw's rich mezzo soprano voice soared effortlessly through the hall, and her impassioned interpretaion of the heartbroken lover, brought tears.

Vanessa is a professioanl singer-actress, and has performed in many US Cities. One role, which she is particularly proud of is her portrayal of the great opera singer, Marian Anderson, to which she received critical acclaim.  As Vanessa continues her active performance schedule for the coming year, she will add a busy and demanding schedule of appearances throughout the Garden State as MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA 2013, promoting the positive aspects of aging.   
The QUEEN'S COURT. From left to right are: Jodi Rose/singer, 4th RU; Ruth Schlossberg/singer, 2nd RU; Vanessa Shaw/MSNJSA2013; Marion Guererra/singer, 1st RU; Carol Beebe/singer, 3rd RU.  The 4 runners up will be featured with Queen Vanessa in the NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB SHOWCASES during this year of her reign.

Johanne Santori, MSNJSA STATE PAGEANT DIRECTOR and Queen Vanessa.

The MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA PAGEANT 2013, was indeed a spectacular event, and its success was made possible by the energetic and untiring efforts of  State Director Johanne Santori.  Johanne gathered together a team of individuals, organizations and volunteers, to offer their expertise, time, and financial aid, which made this year's Pageant possible. Since her appointment 5 years ago, she and husband Adeo, have brought the Pageant into a new era of Statewide prominence, notoriety and prosperity. 
Johanne's vision, was to include ladies of the NJ Cameo Club as part of the entertainment.  The performers were: Johanne Santori'06/French song; JoAnn Gordon'08/sign; Jane Freed/tap dance; Dale Maglia/country singer; Sandra Greco'03/singer; Bernadette Dudek'09/singer; The Grande Dames Chorus. 

Sitting are: Carol Dugan, MSNJSA 2012, and Queen Vanessa.  Standing is: Norma McGhie, MSNJSA 1995.

Post Pageant time was hectic, as the media charged onto the stage for an hour packed with picture taking and interviews with Vanessa and members of the Pageant organization.  Family and friends were invited to a reception in the Eden Lounge.  Carol Dugan, MSNJSA 2012, will become Vanessa's mentor, who will offer the new Queen whatever support and advise she may need. 

With new Queen in hand, the MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA PAGEANT organization, looks forward with excitement as Vanessa Shaw enters the National Pageant, to compete for the coveted title of MS SENIOR AMERICA 2013.  The week long event will be held at Resorts, Sunday, October 20th to Friday, 25th.  For details on the MS SENIOR AMERICA PAGEANT 2013, Vanessa's biography,  and scheduled activities, click onto this link:  Kudos to Vanessa and good luck on the next part of your journey!