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! 

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