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Hillsborough Vocalists Selected to Perform National Anthem at TD Bank Ballpark

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From left, judges Rod Hirsch, March Russinoff and Cindy Vero at center court of the Bridgewater Commons Mall during auditions for the Star Spangled Banner. Credits: Courtesy Somerset Patriots
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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset Patriots have announced the winners of their National Anthem Auditions held at Bridgewater Commons on Saturday, March 3rd, including two vocalists from Hillsborough, Susyn Timko and Shravya Kamaraju.

The other winners were Scott Six (North Plainfield), Jersey Harmony Chorus (Princeton), Angelica Parisi (Budd Lake), Alex Ramos (Rahway), Ryan Sautner (Linden), Tadhg Brady (Princeton), Jordan Pech (Piscataway), Georgia Cichlar (Morristown), Adena Weisholtz (Scotch Plains), Deirdre Tobin (Bernardsville), Ashley Phillippi, and Andrea Cifelli (Berkeley Heights).

The event was originally designed to select ten performers, but due to the talented crop of singers, the Somerset Patriots selected 14 finalists this year.

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Just under 100 singers auditioned with a minute-and-a-half of the song of their choice before the judges and mall crowd. Singers were judged on vocal talent, stage presence, and their ability to perform before a large crowd.

For the sixth year in a row, the event was 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.

WCTC 1450 AM’s Hall of Fame broadcaster Bert Baron served as the emcee of the event. The judges were Cindy Vero of Magic 98.3 FM, Somerset Patriots vice president of Public Relations Marc Russinoff, and Rod Hirsch, the founder and executive eirector of Operation Shoebox New Jersey.

The National Anthem Auditions took place at Center Court on the lower level of the mall.  This was the 15th year the Patriots hosted National Anthem auditions.

“We want to thank all of our participants that tried out this year. We once again had some very talented singers that made the decision very difficult,” said Russinoff. “The 14 finalists were the most we have ever selected from the event. We found some very strong talent from the New Jersey market. We can’t wait to give these great performers a chance to perform at the ballpark.” 

Tickets are now on sale for the 2018 Season presented by Ford beginning at home on Friday, April 27th. For more information, please visitwww.somersetpatriots.com.

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