Saturday, December 12, 2015


Sherri McGhie, MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA 2015, and the fabulous ladies of the NEW JERSEY CAMEO, made merry last week, as they used their unique talents to spread joy and happiness around the Garden State during this Christmas season.

QUEEN Sherri delighted the crowds of people who watched the Christmas Parade, which was held in Moorestown, last Saturday, December 5th.

The weather was perfect for the occasion, sunny, mild temperatures, with no wind.  The convertible was donated by Holman Dealers.  QUEEN Sherri's entourage included: Delores Puzio/MS DELAWARE SENIOR AMERICA 2008, who rode alongside her, and her Mom, Norma McGhie/MS NEW JERSEY SENIORA AMERICA 1995, who sat in the front.

After their turn, the 3 QUEENS were invited to sit on the reviewing stand, which included the judges, Moorestown Mayor, and several other invited guests, to watch the rest of the parade.  In this photo, they are joined by the President of the Moorestown Lions Club.  Everyone was treated to doughnuts and hot cocoa. Sounded like it was a fun time!

QUEEN Sherri was also the main event in 1 NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB Christmas Showcase, which was held on Tuesday, at  The Orchards in Jackson.  On Thursday, Diane Beebe, MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA 2014, was featured at Bartley Healthcare, also located in Jackson. 

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The audience appreciated Sherr's 2 songs, by giving her a warm round of applause. 

 Besides watching the show, the audience joined in on a sing-a-long of holiday favorites.

Thanks go to Mark Meade, Vice President Elect Terry's husband, who took many photos.  The ladies will have memories of their fabulous performances, at the 2 Christmas Showcases, because all his photos can be viewed on Terry's Facebook page, and can be uploaded to their computers.

Kudos to all  for their great performances, not only at Christmas, but throughout whole the year.  As the "Old Year passes, and we hail in the New, ye lads and lasses", may these ladies be blessed with good health, so they can continue to use their God-given talents in 2016!

Saturday, December 5, 2015


The New Jersey Cameo Club Christmas party was a night to remember.  Seventy fabulous ladies, spouses and their significant others, attended the annual event which was held on Thursday, December 3rd at the Toms River Hotel from 6 to 10 PM.

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Kudos go to Chair lady, Jo Ann Gordon/MSNJSA2008, and her committee for organizing such a great evening, filled with delicious food, lively dancing to the music of Steve and Debbie Berger, and fun activities to wile away the hours.

The evening began with a few bittersweet announcements, as was noted by Steve, who played "Time To Say Goodbye", softly in the background.  Outgoing NJCC President, Lyn Gibson/MSNJSA2000, thanked everyone for having had the priviledge of serving as President, and announced that she will travel to Arizona for an extended period of time to stay with family.  Bernadette Dudek/MSNJSA2009, received a going away gift, and tearfully told everyone how hard it was to make the decision to move to South Carolina, because she would be missing her Cameo Sisters.

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Johanne Santori/MSNJSA2006, and MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA PAGEANT ADMINISTRATOR & PAGEANT DIRECTOR, joined the outgoing officers of the NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB, in a photo taken at the October quarterly meeting.  Seated from left to right are: Carole Lelli, Vice President; Leah Whelan, Secretary; Lyn Gibson/MSNJSA2000, President; and Rebecca Orsatti/MSNJSA2010, Treasurer.

The new NJCC officers were called forward, and President-elect Carole Lelli spoke briefly on their behalf.  From left to right are: Carole Lelli/President; Geri Rizzo/Secretary, Teri Meade/Vice President; and Rebecca Orsatti/MSNJSA2010, Treasurer.

MSNJSA PAGEANT ADMINISTRATOR & DIRECTOR, Johanne Santori/MSNJSA2006,  thanked  people and committess for their help and support of the Pageant organization, and encouraged all to have a time.

Director Santori introduced QUEEN Sherri McGhie, MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA 2015 to come up and say a few words.  Her speech was short, but eloquent, and as she expressed her deep gratitude for all the support she has received from her Cameo Sisters.  Afterwards, she entertained with a funny seasonal song.

Jo Ann annouced it was time for the raffle drawing.  There were 2 tables of great prizes, and everyone quieted down in the hope that their number would be called.

Steve Berger provided a variety of great music for everyone's dancing pleasure.  Line dancing is one favorite, in which the ladies danced the electric slide.

Before the evening ended, there was a photo op just for the NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB members.  QUEEN Sherri is in the center, sitting next to her Mom, Norma McGhie/MSNJSA1995.

Thanks again, to Jo Ann Gordon/MSNJSA2008, for a wonderful evening ... You dreamt big, and made it happen!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015


Soon after her arrival at Resorts Hotel & Casino, Sherri McGhie, MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA 2015, a superstar in her own right, posed under an appropriate sign that described this hopeful QUEEN.  She posed proudly, and sported a wide smile, in the lobby of the Superstar Theater.  Johanne Santori/MSNJSA 2006 and Administrator & State Pageant Director, reported earlier in the week, "Sherri looked great and spoke with confidence as she introduced herself at the Orientation Dinner". 

The MS SENIOR AMERICA PAGEANT 2015 was held during the week of October 18 through 22.  Thirty eight State QUEENS from across the "fruited plains", participated in the annual Pageant in Atlantic City.  Among them, was New Jersey's favorite, Sherri McGhie, a resident of Manchester.

The 4 Catagories the contestants were judged are: Evening Gown, Philosophy of Life, Talent and Private Interview with the Judges.  Sherri looked stunning, modelling a strapeless white sequined gown that fanned out at thigh length to the floor.  She glided effortlessly across the stage, and with every turn and pose, she projected her smiling countenance in the judges' direction.  During the 3 days of the Pageant, QUEEN Sherri became an audience favorite.  Her Philosphy of Life was cheerful, animated and uplifting.  For the Talent portion, she sang "When Your Good To Mama", from the Broadway hit musical, Chicago.  The audience reacted to her sexy and spicy rendition with generous applause.

At the Final Pageant, the field was narrowed down to the top 10.  The New Jersey faction cheered frantically when QUEEN Sherri's name was called.  The slate was wiped clean, and the 10 QUEENS  competed all over again.  Tensions were high in the theater, as each State from the Top 10 attempted to shout louder than the other, waving signs of support.  In each catagory, QUEEN Sherri continued to perform with the same accuracy and professionalism as she did in the previous 2 Prelinimaries.  The judges awarded her 4th Runner-Up, which secured her a place in the coveted QUEENS COURT.  This year, the Pageant was filmed by the BBC, and will soon be aired in the United Kingdom and the United States.  There was a special award given by a European sponsor, called the MS Transatlantic Talent Award, and  QUEEN Sherri was a recipient.  The 2015 QUEENS COURT are:  4th Runner-Up Sherri McGhie/MSNJSA; 3rd Runner-Up Lauren Scott Monahan/MSTNSA; 2nd Runner-Up Debbi Miller/MSNMSA; 1st Runner-Up Carol Thomas/MSWISA; and QUEEN Dr. Barbara Mauldin/MSMS2015.

During Pageant week, members of the MS SENIOR AMERICA PAGEANT organization from across the country come together not only to support their State QUEENS, but also to participate in the weeklong events.  The Welcome To Atlantic City Show was held on the Tuesday evening in the Superstar Theater at 7:00 PM.  Several  Jersey Girls participated in the 3 hour long variey show.  The QUEENS CHOIR, under the direction of  Josephine Araniti/MSNJSA2007, sang a 3 song medley called, Gershwin For Girls.

Other Jersey girls awaiting their turn in the show, posed together for the papparazzi.  In the front row are: Johanne Santori/'06, Becky Orsatti/'10, Jo Ann Gordon/'08, and Terry Meade.  In the second row are: Josephine Araniti/'07, Pauline Petto, Barbi Jo Crema, and Rose Majofsky.

Here are the Jersey Star Dancers in action.  The members were joined by Diane Beebe/'14,  third on the right.

The dinner dance, a fun filled event, was held on Wednesday evening.  After dinner, members danced the night away.  In this photo, Dr. Mott joined the ladies, their spouses and significant others.

There were many photo ops that evening.  QUEEN Sherri McGhie/MSNJSA2015, is flanked by her sisters of the NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB.

Jersey girls just love to have fun, and they were found each night at Bar 1.  From right to left are: Sherri McGhie/'15, Renee Tompkins/NJCC Showcase Coordinator, Dorcas Preston/CA'01, Johanne Santori/'06, Josephine Araniti/'07, Terry Meade/NJCC-VP elect, Geri Rizzo/NJCC-Secretary elect, and Becky Orsatti/'10.

Kudos to QUEEN Sherri for representing the GARDEN STATE with beauty, grace, and excellence.  She is a treasure to her NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB sisters, who look forward to supporting her as she continues her reign during the coming year.

Monday, October 12, 2015


The Columbus Day Parade in Seaside Heights was enhanced by the appearance of Sherri McGhie, MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA 2015.  The day was picture perfect for the annual event which was held on Sunday, October 11th.  A capacity crowd shouted cheers of delight as QUEEN Sherri passed by.  She looked radiant, dressed in a bright red gown, and of course, crown and banner.  As she sat atop the back of a flashy convertible, she smiled and waved to all her adoring constituents.  Gratitude for use of the convertible is extended to Carole Lelli, President of the NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB.

The MSNJSA convertible was number 104 in the parade.  Preceding her were the cars of MISS NEW JERSEY 2015, and MRS. NEW JERSEY 2015.  There was a photo op for the 3 generations of QUEENS who posed together.  QUEEN Sherri may be the shortest in the photo, but she was equal in beauty as she stood alongside her younger counterparts.

QUEEN Sherri was joined by the other ladies in her entourage who also rode in the convertible; her Mom Norma/MSNJSA1995, and Johanne Santori/MSNJSA2006, Administrator & State Pageant Director.  Lively conversation between the QUEENS followed as they told of their experiences and adventures.  The younger counterparts wished SHERRI good luck as she prepares for the upcoming MS SENIOR AMERICA PAGEANT 2015.

Pageant Week is Sunday, October 18th through Thursday, October 22nd, at Resorts Hotel & Casino, in Atlantic City.  State Queens arrive on Sunday, and in the week ahead, they will have rehearsals and activites.  The schedule of events can be found on the national website: 

There are 3 Pageants: the 2 Preliminary Pageants are Tuesday and Wednesday, and the Final Pageant is on Thursday.  At the Final Pageant, the 10 finalists are chosen, and  they compete all over again for the title of  MS SENIOR AMERICA 2015.  The 3 Pageants will be held in the Superstar Theater at 1:00 PM sharp.  Tickets range from $25.00 to $35.00 and can be purhased at Resorts box office, which is located in the casino.

Please come and support QUEEN SHERRI!

Thursday, October 8, 2015


A daunting agenda was laid out before the members of the NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB at Wednesday's meeting.  However, under the able leadership of the club's President, Lyn Gibson/MSNJSA2000, the meeting went smoothly and all items were covered.  She encouraged lively discourse and differences of opinion from the members, and allowed for workable criticisms to be entered into the minutes.

 Sherri McGhie, MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA 2015, thanked the membership for their support and encouragement as she prepares for the MS SENIOR AMERICA 2015 National Pageant later this month.  She said that she is ready and confident, and pledges to do her best to represent the State of New Jersey, and to win the national title.  Here beautiful smile is captured in this photo as she cuts the cake made especially for her, to wish her good luck.

Election of members of the Board of the NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB takes place every two years.  Members of the current board have the right to run for a second term, or to change positions on the Board.  All seats, except for president were unopposed.  The 2 candidates for president were: Diane Beebe/MSNJSA2014, and Carole Lelli/Vice President, NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB.  Pictured above are the new board members who will serve for the next 2 years; from left to right are: Geri Rizzo/Secretary, Terry Meade/Vice President, Carole Lelli/President, Rebecca Orsatti, MSNJSA2010/Treasurer(second term), and Johanne Santori, MSNJSA2006/Administrator and MSNJSA State Pageant Director.

President Gibson thanked the outgoing members of the Board for their excellent work in conducting the business of the Club during the past two years.  She welcomed the new members, and expressed her confidence that they will do the same.  She spoke on behalf of herself and those who were leaving, saying that it was an honor and a privilege to serve the membership.  Although she had to step down for health reasons, and will be moving to Belmawr, she is still a member, and intends to be around for a long time.  In the photo from left to right are:  Carole Lelli/former Vice President; Leah Whelan, MSNJSA2011/Secretary; Lyn Gibson, MSNJSA2000/President; Rebecca Orsatti, MSNJSA2010, Treasurer; Johanne Santori, MSNJSA2006/Administrator & MSNJSA State Pageant Director.

There were 33 members in attendance, who represented a majority, that voted.  This year, members who could not attend the meeting, were invited to vote by mailing in their absentee ballots.

The following are some of the items on the agenda that were covered:
Renee Tompkins, NJCC Showcase Coordinator, reported that there were 27 showcases throughout the State, during 2015, totalling $4,600.00.  They have begun booking shows for 2016, and so far, there are already 10 dates.  President Gibson commented that there is a need for more variety in the shows, and thus far, there is a predominence of singers.  A discussion followed regarding the process of selecting or not selecting performers.  Josephine Araniti/MSNJSA2007, suggested that a positive line of communication be established with both President and Showcase Coordinator.  Any woman wishing to perform needs to call and ask to be placed on the active roster.  Vice versa is true if she needs to take time off for any reason.
Director Santori, has already begun looking for contestants for next year's Pageant.  Josephine Araniti passed out contestant posters to the members, and asked that they be posted in public places.  Jo Ann Gordon announced the date of the annual Christmas Party, which will be held ond Thursday, December 3rd, and passed out forms for the dinner choices.  Thanks to Delores Puzio and committee for arranging a delicious luncheon.

GOOD LUCK & BEST WISHES to QUEEN SHERRI on the occasion of her participation in the MS SENIOR AMERICA PAGEANT 2015! 
The annual event will be held at Resorts Casino & Hotel in Atlantic City.  Please plan to come and support our beautiful QUEEN!  Dates of the 3 Pageants are: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, October 20-21 and 22, at 1:00 PM in the Superstar Theater.  Tickets ranging from $25.00 to $35.00 dollars can be purchased at the Box Office, which is located in the Casino.


S     is for your SHEER beauty,
H    is for how you have HONORED your title,
E    is for the ELECTRICITY you exude everytime you appear,
R    is for your RADIANT smile,
R    is for the long ROAD you've traveled thus far this year, and never without complaint,
I     is for your INTEGRITY in representing the "Age of Elegance",

M   in how MINDFUL your are about meeting your constituents' needs,
c    although the letter to your name is small, your CHARM is big,
G   is for the GRAND Queen you are turning into,
H   is for all the HARD work you have done to earn your title,
I    is for the INNER GLOW of warmth that you radiate to all,
E   is for the EXCITEMENT and pride we all feel, that you are our QUEEN!

Thursday, September 10, 2015


As today's thunderstorms threaten to change the seasons, it seems only fitting to help summer linger on a little longer, by reflecting upon the activities of the NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB, and their current QUEEN, Sherri McGhie, MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA 2015.

July and August were busy months for both QUEEN Sherri and the CLUB, with showcases in Jackson and, concluded with another appearance at Kennedy Plaza and the Armed Forces Parade, both held in Atlantic City.

 QUEEN Sherri opened the NJCC SHOWCASE at Care One in Jackson on July 23rd, with a lively song.

She joins the ladies for the finale, as they sing a medley of songs from Motown, saluting Diana Ross and the the Supremes.

In between events, QUEEN Sherri made a personal appearance at the Tropicana Casino and Resort.  On Monday, August 24th, she attended the casino's "TASTE OF THE QUARTER", and was a celebrity chef.   The annual event was held for the benefit of the United Way.  She was chaperoned by Johanne Santori, Administrator/Director of the MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA PAGEANT.

Awaiting the event, Johanne and QUEEN Sherri relax in the lounge, with her Mom, Norma McGhie, MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA 1995.

The 2nd NJCC SHOWCASE, at Kennedy Plaza was held on, Tuesday, August 18th.  This year, 3 "sisters" from the MS NEW YORK SENIOR AMERICA PAGEANT were invited to perform.  Prior to the show, QUEEN Sherri and CJ Marie/MSNYSA2015, pose in front of the MS AMERICA statue, located on the boardwalk at Kennedy Plaza.

The day was hot, and despite technical problems, the show was a resounding success.

For the finale, the ladies sang a patriotic medley, "This Is My Country/God Bless America".  Jo Ann Gordon, MSNJSA2008, standing at the far left, signs the song, while the ladies sing.  The crowd stood up in respect of the song, and joined in.

This year, the parade marshall recognized the extraordinary talents of the ladies of the NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB, by placing the group's float first in the 5th ANNUAL ARMED FORCES PARADE.  The event took place on Monday, August 31st, on the boardwalk in Atlantic City.  They were preceded only by the convertibles carrying dignitaries, military groups, marching bands, and a motorcycle brigade.

 QUEEN Sherri is flanked by Johanne Santori/MSNJSA2006, and Carol Dugan/MSNJSA2012, as she leads the group in singing, "Tie A Yellow Ribbon".  

Besides QUEEN Sherri's solo, the group performed a mini concert containing 6 numbers, most of which were medleys, including 3 or more songs, while riding down the boardwalk.  At this point, they were singing a 5 song medley called "Broadway Blockbusters".  The crowd enjoyed listening to songs from Broadway's longest running shows which included:  One/A Chorus Line; theme song from Beauty & the Beast; Tradition/Fiddlar on the Roof; Sun & Moon/Miss Saigon; and Do You Hear The People Sing/Les Miserables.

Kudos to these fabulous ladies who share their God given talents years after year, and bring joy to everyone they touch, and to Sherri, who is such a loving and giving QUEEN.  As the seasons change, may God grant them good health, in the year ahead,  as they perform in future NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB SHOWCASES. 

FYI:  For more photos and videos on all events, please visit our website:

Saturday, July 25, 2015


The City of Atlantic City invites the NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB to give 2 showcases during the summer.  The first show was on July 7th on the stage of Kennedy Plaza, located opposite Boardwalk Hall, on Mississippi Avenue.  In spite of the humid weather, an ample crowd of vacationers filled the seats of the outdoor theater for the 5:00 PM show.

The following comments were submitted by on-site reporter Terry Meade, NJCC member and performer, and her husband Mark, who took the photos.

"Our NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB SHOW performance was fantastic ... everyone was at the top of her game.  Wonderful audience who sinerely enjoyed  the show".

"The Sound man MIKE, who worked with ELVIS for 5 years, joined us for our finale, and we were his back up group.  Great fun"!

"Our MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA STATE PAGEANT ADMINISTRATOR & DIRECTOR, Johanne Santori, and her wonderful husband Adeo, had us all back to their beautiful home for a lovely dinner and an evening of relaxing and fun.  They are both so very gracious hosts". 

Thank you Terry and Mark for submitting this article to the Age of Elegance blog from your grateful editor.


Since her coronation on June 3rd, Sherri McGhie, MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA 2015, has begun her year long journey of promoting the positive aspects on aging in the Garden State.   So far, she has kept her work schedule and duties as Queen in balance, and she is having the time of her life.

Lawmakers from all levels of government have recognized Queen Sherri for her achievement, with letters of congratulations, and official proclamations.

Earlier this month, Sherri met with the members of the Manchester Town Council at the bi-monthly open meeting.  President Brendan Weiner, President presided over the meeting.   He introduced Sherri to the residents, and read the Proclamation of Achievement, in lieu of Mayor Palmer, who was absent.   The photo also includes Sherri's entourage: Josephine Araniti/MSNJSA2007, her mother, Norma McGhie/MSNJSA1995, and Patricia Oraveta/MSNJSA2001.

The Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders were also eager to honor Queen Sherri.  She was invited to their monthly open meeting in Toms River, where President Joe Vicari presented her with a beautifully framed Proclamation of Achievement of Appreciation.

Wow!  Each plaque gets bigger than the previous one!  Queen Sherri and her Mom pose with David Wolfe, New Jersey State Assemblyman, 10th Legislative District, in his office at Republican Headquarters in Brick.  Other recognitions include congratulatory letters from: Governor Chris Christie, US Congressman Chris Smith R, and US Senator Robert Menendez, D.  Still awaiting, is recognition from US Senator Corey Booker, D.

Queen Sherri won 1st Prize in the Shore Senior Idol Contest 2015, which was a cash award of $500.00.  Several NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB sisters attended the event at the Algonquin Theater in Manasquan.  From left to right are: Terry Meade, Class of 2014, Diane Beebe/MSNJSA2014, Queen Sherri/MSNJSA2015, her mother, Norma McGhie/MSNJSA1995, Delores Puzio/MSDESA2008, Jo Ann Gordon/MSNJSA2008, Bernadette Dudek/MSNJSA2009 & Mistress of Ceremonies.

Will this lovely child become a future beauty queen?  When Queen Sherri sang at Brightview last month, a little girl was sitting in the audience with her grandmother.  After the show, Sherri placed her crown her head.

Queen Sherri did take some time off for R&R.  She and past Queens and NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB sisters, Delores Puzio/MSDESA2008, her mother, Norma McGhie/MSNJSA1995 and Lyn Gibson/MSNJSA2000,  enjoyed a lazy summer day and dined at Water Street Grill in Toms River.

Queen Sherri, second from the left, sings along with her NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB sisters at Care One in Jackson.  They opened the show with "Broadway Ladies Medley",   a lively number of familiar songs that include: We're In The Money, Big Spender, and Whatever Lola Wants.  The ladies pictured in this provocative gesture are from let to right: Joan Kaplan, Queen Sherri/MSNJSA2015, Terry Meade, Brenda Christian, Leah Whelan/MSNJSA2011, Renee Tompkins, Carol Rosario, and Diane Beebe/MSNJSA2014.  They were directed by Josephine Araniti/MSNJSA2007.

And so, she is off!  As Queen Sherri continues her journey, she brings joy and happiness to all she meets.  In return, her constituents wish her well as she prepares for the MS SENIOR AMERICA National Pageant, with the hope that she will win the national title.

Friday, July 24, 2015


Terry Meade, of Princeton Junction, participated in the MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA PAGEANT 2014.  Since then, she joined the NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB, and performs regularly in their showcases.

Terry Meade and her husband Mark of 50 years, have been selected by the New Jersey Sharing Network Foundation, and will be their guests in Pasadena, California, as 2016 honorees on the DONATE LIFE Rose Parade float on New Year's Day! 

On June 4, 2008, then 64 years old, Mark received the "gift of life", a new heart.   Since 2005, Mark had suffered numerous heart attacks, and was in end-stage congestive heart failure, when he was admitted to Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia, where he waited 4 months for a heart. 

Since his transplant, they are committed to raising awareness of the critical need for organ and tissue donations.   Mark and Terry honor their donor in everything they do ... every day!  They are passionate advocators, and trained and certified volunteers, for the NJ Sharing Network, Gift Of Life Donor Program, American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association, and NY Donor Program.  Terry and Mark speak on behalf of these organizations about the transplant process from the perspective of the recipient and caregiver.
Mark will join 23 honored recipients, and will ride on the float in honor of the heart transplant he received.  Being selected as a recipeint float rider at this year's Rose Parade is the highest honor and another way to continue sharing their story and to raise awareness.

Terry and Mark know how lucky they are to have had this outcome ... many others are not as fortunate.  Please register to be an organ donor and encourage others to do the same.  Without receiving the "ultimate gift",  none of this would be possible for the Meade family. 

So, set your DVRs for January 1, 2016, and cheer them on!