Bridgewater, NJ- The Five-Time Atlantic League Champion Somerset Patriots have announced the winners of their National Anthem Auditions held at Menlo Park Mall in Edison, NJ on Saturday, March 9th.
The selected singers are: Michael Ferlita of Sayreville, Mary Adams of Hamburg, Adriana Napolitano of Somerset, Jordan Reina of Milford, Geena Bergen of Hillsborough, Julia Parks of Somerset, Linda Wilson of South Plainfield, Brigitte Francis of Lebanon, Fatimah Fischer of Edison, Briannagh Dennehy of Somerset, Laura Jacobson of Warren, Danielle Fryer of Milford, and Jennifer McConnell of Roselle Park.
The Patriots auditioned 100 soloists who sang a minute and a half of the song of their choice during the audition. Singers were judged on vocal talent, stage presence, and their ability to perform before a large crowd.
For the second year in a row, the event was designed as a fundraiser and each contestant donated a minimum of $10 to Operation Shoebox New Jersey, an all-volunteer organization dedicated to collecting donated supplies to ship care packages to U.S. troops based overseas.
The event took place at Center Court on the lower level of Menlo Park Mall. In addition to the National Anthem auditions, the event included contests for mall patrons to win prizes and the ability to interact with team representatives. Sparkee The Mascot and his pal Slider were at the mall to entertain young fans.
Magic 98.3 FM and WCTC 1450 AM entertained the crowd during breaks with on-air talents Mike Pavlichko and John Lisk serving as the emcees. This was the tenth year the Patriots hosted National Anthem auditions.
“We saw some great talent during the auditions that made it a very difficult choice. All of the participants should be proud of their efforts to perform at the event and help raise money for our great partners at Operation Shoebox New Jersey. We look forward to seeing our chosen performers sing the National Anthem before a game this season,” said Marc Russinoff, Vice President of Public Relations for the Somerset Patriots Baseball Club.
The 2013 will begin at home on Thursday, April 18th at 7:05 pm. For more information about the upcoming season, call (908) 252-0700 or visit www.somersetpatriots.com.