Steve Harris of Chester and L.T. Holmes of Prince George sang “Me and Mrs. Jones” – a 1972 soul song written by Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff, and Cary Gilbert, and originally recorded by Billy Paul – and their performance led the judges for the 7th Annual Senior Idol competition to award them the top prize. Decked out in matching outfits, the duos velvety sound and suave style put on a phenomenal show, but they did have some tough competition at last Saturday’s event sponsored by The Shepherd’s Center of Chesterfield.
Jo Ann Spain of Chesterfield, dressed as a nightclub performer, placed second with her outstanding performance of “Cabaret” from the 1972 musical film “Cabaret.” Kitty Fowler of Hopewell, a super supporter of the Shepherd Center and a returning contestant, placed third with her sweet rendition of “The Tennessee Waltz.” She was also recognized for selling the most tickets for the show, with a trophy and flowers given by Susan McCammon, executive director of the Shepherd’s Center. McCammon announced and presented money awards, trophies, and flowers to all winners.
Other outstanding performances were from saxophone player Keith Anderson of Richmond performing “Sweet Love on his instrument;” Gill Edwards of Petersburg singing “Lady Love;” the Retroactive Trio – Diana Sage of Chesterfield, Susan Gerber of Richmond, and Bob Phillips of Glen Allen – with an Irving Berlin medley; Kathryn Hanson of Richmond singing “Mustang Sally;” returning contestant, Penny Elizabeth Humphries singing “(I Am) Redeemed;” Mary Mellette of Henrico singing “The Rose;” and The Finneys of Midlothian performing “Long Black Train.” A highlight of the evening was watching Joseph Garofolo tap to “Belle” after having five surgeries in the last 12 months. And one of the most unusual talents was Howard Wynn of North Chesterfield with his handmade puppets performing “Three’s Company Puppetsize.”
Senior Idol of Greater Richmond is the biggest fundraiser for the the Shepherd’s Center. Funds from the event help provide critical services and programs to seniors in the community. Volunteers provide free, accompanied transportation to medical and dental appointments, the pharmacy and the grocery store or food pantry. Their HandHands program provides minor home repairs for those who are on fixed incomes or are otherwise unable to afford the cost of such home repairs. All repairs are done by volunteers. Adventures in Learning is a low-cost mini-college that offers more than 30 classes three times per year. Each class meets one day a week for eight weeks. All programming and classes are taught by volunteers.
The center welcomes all support for their mission. For more information or to make a donation, volunteer or ask for services call (804) 706-6689 or visit ShepCenter.org.