MORRISTOWN, NJ - The Mayo Performing Arts Company, MPAC’s teen performing group, performed the National Anthem prior to the New York Knicks-New Orleans Pelicans game at Madison Square Garden on Sunday, January 14,
Morristown's Victoria Fanning, Bailey McGuinn, Carigan McGuinn, Juliette Trumbull, Aja Baitey, and Bobbie Baitey joined Carley Bachrach (Park Ridge), Julianna Belles (Morris Plains), Sara Brazofsky (Park Ridge), Joshua Cohen (Randolph), Sunnie Eraso (Livingston), Abby Fletcher (East Hanover), Vanessa Hartkopf (Rockaway), Abigail Harvey (Budd Lake), Hope Keil (Randolph), Sarah Lepre (Lake Hiawatha), Matthew Lintern (South Orange), Michael Luciano (Randolph), Lauren Onufryk (Flanders), Chelsea Sakdalan (Pompton Plains), Anna Skelton (Morris Plains), Emma Spies (Park Ridge), and Nicole Streger (Peapack)
“It was such a thrilling experience for our kids to sing “The National Anthem” for the Knicks at Madison Square Garden!", said Education Director Cathy Roy. "We’ve had a lot of exciting opportunities over the years, but this one was definitely toward the top of the list!
The group consists of 29 teens from 16 towns. The teens, ages 12-18, regularly perform at no charge at local events, for local non-profit fundraisers, at senior centers and nursing homes. Children are selected by audition and pay no fees for their participation. The goal of this group is to learn to use their talent to give back to the community rather than focus the spotlight on themselves.
"The feeling of being in one of the most famous arenas in the world and singing such a meaningful song for over 20,000 people and all of the players lined up right near us was a moment we will never forget and we would be honored to do it again!", she said.