It’s been a little more than a week since nine beautiful and talented Miss A. Sisters* sang, tap danced, and played their way into the hearts and minds of the audience at the Sandusky State Theatre. Besides patriotic music, selections from contemporary musicals and the Great American songbook were presented. Solos, duos, and even a trio of Miss. A Sisters sang. Some were even accompanied by pianist Debra Barnes, who also showed off her piano skills during the evening. The night’s performance was capped off with the entire cast of Miss A. Sisters joining forces with the Firelands Chorus to sing the patriotic anthem, Battle Hymn of the Republic. It was followed by a VIP reception where the women mingled with guests, took photos with patrons, and signed autographs.
A new song, the ALS Odyssey Anthem, was sung by Mary Jo O’Regan to honor Cindy Amerine, a victim of Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (or ALS, which is also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease). As Mary Jo sang the words that Cindy wrote when she was first diagnosed which then she and her husband Michael O’Regan put to music, Elena Cvetkovich, the Ballet Mistress of the Company at Ballet Western Reserve in Youngtown, Ohio, danced a lyrical dance to the song. In fact, in keeping with the Miss A. tradition of selecting a service organization, the Sisterhood dedicated the night’s performance on behalf of the ALS Association and particularly to their friend Cindy, who attended with her husband David.
There were also some anecdotes about their experiences during their yearlong reigns including one story about a woman who didn’t realize (or didn’t want to know) that even pageant winners have to go to the bathroom. BeBe Shopp emceed the show and even brought out her wool zebra-striped bathing suit from her pageant. It was reminiscent of the original Barbie doll’s bathing suit, but was even less flattering than Barbie’s suit, but I digress.
There was even some comic relief as Jacquelyn Mayer and two of her “bosom buddies” (Jeff Kearney and Brian Dickman) teamed up to sing a song about how great they looked for their age. Duct tape never looked so good holding together Jackie’s formal dress.
All in all, it was an evening to Celebrate America.
The Celebrate America Productions event was sponsored under 501(c)(3) status and all profits from the night’s performance are going to the following charities:
Life of Significance Scholarship
Beverlie Buck Mayer Music Scholarship
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association
The following Celebrate America sponsors are as follows:
Diamond & Gold Crown Sponsor:
The Sidney Frohman Foundation
Gold Crown Sponsor:
Ken Krautzhauf–K&M Restoration
Silver Crown Sponsors:
The Mayer Kids (in Memory of Jack and Beverlie Mayer)
David and Cindy Amerine
Platinum Crown Sponsors:
The Family of Dottie Denne
Firelands Regional Medical Center
Kasper Auto Group
Lake Erie (Huron) Eagles
Andy and Ann Martin
Mark Walczak and Family
Col. John Weeks
Matthew 25:40 NLT
Flynn, Py & Kruse
Rex Damschroder–Rex Air
In Kind Donations:
Best Western Plus–Sandusky
Chet & Matt’s Pizza
Jason Oakman–XSalta Logo
Tony Melendez–Home Video Studio
Town & Country Players
* The Miss A. Sisters who participated were as follows:
BeBe Shopp, 1948
Debra Barnes, 1968
Dorothy Benham, 1977
Susan Powell, 1981
Kellye Cash, 1987
Katie Harman, 2002
Ericka Dunlap, 2004
Mallory Hagan, 2013
Jacquelyn Mayer, 1963
Hopefully, this will be the first of many Celebrate America programs across the United States, but for those who were fortunate to be in the audience for this special night, it was one-of-a-kind.