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Robert Kolodin of Tamarac wins $1,000 and free pass to ride Tri-Rail for one year

Fans looked on as the finalists of Holy Cross Hospital’s Senior Idol sponsored in part by Boomer Times, John Knox Village, Tri-Rail and Winn-Dixie sang their hearts out to an audience of nearly 1,000 at Parker Playhouse. Each of the contestants competed for the title, a $1,000 cash prize and pass to ride Tri-Rail for one year, but at the end of the fifth annual competition, Robert Kolodin of Tamarac took home the prize.

Morning show co-host Tamara G. of 97.3FM The Coast served as guest presenter of the evening,welcoming each of the 11 contestants to the stage to the sing their way into the final five. With hits ranging from “Luck Be a Lady” to Don Quixote’s “I Am I” that drew the audience to their feet, judges Anita Finley of the Boomer Times, Rod Hagwood of the Sun-Sentinel and Jennifer Paul of the SFRTA/Tri-Rail had the tough decision of narrowing the competition down to the final five contestants who would sing yet another song before the Senior Idol winner was chosen.

As the second half of the show got underway, show goers looked on as the final five put their best foot forward singing greats such as “The Rose” and “Yesterday I Heard the Rain,” but it was Kolodin’s rendition of “Piano Man” that won him the title of 2010 Senior Idol. Gail Solomon of Coral Springs came in as the first runner-up, with Bob Mainelli of Pompano Beach as second runner up, and Cathy Barrett of Lauderdale-by-the-Sea and Patti Cancino of Pompano Beach to follow.

“We are pleased to have had another great competition, filled with such amazing talent,” said Sr. Rita Levasseur, VP of Sponsorship and Mission Effectiveness. “Senior Idol is a great way to showcase Holy Cross Hospital’s ongoing commitment to the senior community.”

As part of the show, attendees also enjoyed performances by last year’s Senior Idol winner, Ed Pierson of Weston, singing “Impossible Dream,” and the soulful sounds of the Dillard High School Center of the Arts Chorale.

Senior Idol was created in 2006 as part of Holy Cross Hospital’s 50th anniversary celebration. Over the past four years, the competition has brought nearly 750 seniors out to audition at Holy Cross Hospital for the opportunity to be selected as one of the final contestants and perform at Parker Playhouse. Participants had to be solo singers, 65 years and older, residents of Broward, Miami Dade or Palm Beach counties and were judged on vocal talent, style and stage presence.