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Tickets now on sale for fifth annual 65 and over talent competition

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – Twelve talented seniors, 65 years and over from Miami to West Palm Beach, have been selected to compete in Holy Cross Hospital’s Senior Idol sponsored in part by Boomer Times, John Knox Village, Tri-Rail and Winn-Dixie. Attendees can expect to enjoy a great show on Tues., May 11, 2010 at 7 p.m. at Parker Playhouse in Fort Lauderdale as the finalists compete for a $1,000 cash prize and free pass to ride Tri-Rail for one year.

As part of Holy Cross Hospital’s Senior Idol experience, show goers will enjoy a special performance by Ed Pierson of Weston, last year’s Senior Idol winner. Tickets are on sale now for $10 and can be purchased at the Parker Playhouse box office, www.parkerplayhouse.com or by calling 954-462-0222.

“Every year we are amazed and inspired by these amazing seniors who have some much to give as great singers,” said Sr. Rita Levasseur, VP of Sponsorship and Mission Effectiveness. “As a top provider of geriatric care, Holy Cross Hospital strives to create programs such as Senior Idol that keep our seniors active.”

The following contestants were selected to compete in the competition:

  • Bon Mainelli, Pompano Beach
  • Robert Kolodin, Tamarac
  • Gail Solomon, Coral Springs
  • Cathy Barrett, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea
  • Bob Coyne, Delray Beach
  • Ronald Levine, Delray Beach
  • Maxine Jaffe, West Palm Beach
  • Patti Cancino, Dania Beach
  • Alfredo Villoido, Lauderhill
  • Ed Slater, Lake Worth
  • DeAnne Friedberg, Weston
  • Barbara Glenn, Aventura

More than 130 seniors auditioned at Holy Cross Hospital for the chance to be a Senior Idol finalist. They were judged on their vocal ability, style and stage presence. Judges included Jennifer Paul, marketing manager, SFRTA/Tri-Rail and Anita Finley, publisher, Boomer Times. Rod Hagwood, fashion and entertainment writer at the Sun-Sentinel, will join the judging panel during the final competition.

Boomer Times is the leading senior publication in South Florida, serving more than 125,000 active adults in the tri-county area. Readers enjoy information about financial, health, social and other issues facing seniors.

John Knox Village is a Continuing Care Retirement Community, encompassing a full range of independent living, assisted living and nursing home options for more than 1,000 senior residents – all on one lush 64-acre campus of tropical landscaping and peaceful lakes in Pompano Beach on Southeast Florida’s Gold Coast. John Knox Village is a not-for-profit life-care retirement community where seniors can enjoy a lifestyle rich in opportunities and events.

Tri-Rail is South Florida’s premier commuter rail system, providing a north-south connection to get to school, work or play throughout Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties. Seniors can enjoy a stress-free commute onboard Tri-Rail at a discounted rate of up to 50% off one-way, round-trip and monthly passes.

Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc. is one of the nation’s largest food retailers. Founded in 1925, the Company is headquartered in Jacksonville, FL. The Company currently operates 520 retail grocery locations including more than 400 in-store pharmacies in Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, Georgia, and Mississippi. For more information, please visit www.winn-dixie.com.

Holy Cross Hospital, 4725 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, is Broward County’s only full-service, non-profit Catholic hospital, and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy. A 2008 & 2009 USNews & World Report "Best Hospital" and nationally distinguished for patient safety, Holy Cross remains synonymous with medical excellence and highly personalized care. Since opening its doors in 1955, the 571-bed hospital has offered progressive services and programs to meet the evolving healthcare needs of Broward County. Holy Cross takes pride in the ability to combine quality medical care and advanced technology with sincere human compassion and understanding. The hospital is fully accredited by the Joint Commission and its medical team has earned a reputation for excellence unsurpassed in the community. To learn more about Holy Cross, visit www.holy-cross.com.

Parker Playhouse box office hours are Tuesday through Saturday 12 to 5 p.m., closed Sunday and Monday and open 1.5 hours before shows on show days. For more information on ticket sales, call 954-462-0222.