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Senior Idols serenade at annual competition

It wasn’t just songbirds who flocked to Bay Ridge on Saturday, October 5.

Indeed, nearly 200 area residents came out to Our Lady of Angels on Saturday, October 5 for a front-row seat at the seventh annual Senior Idol.

Originally the brainchild of A.A.R.P. Chapter 5055 President Al Asfazadour and his wife Gail as a fundraiser for the group, the rhythmic competition was presented this year by State Senator Marty Golden. Fit for Brooklyn songbirds 50 and over, Senior Idol showcased 10 participating performers out of more than 20 hopeful soloists who auditioned in September.

Golden called the annual competition the best event of the year.

“It was a night full of excitement and great entertainment,” said Golden who thanked the judges and congratulated winner Sherry Kayser who wowed the crowd with her rendition of “You Belong to Me.”

Judges Chuck Otey, Joseph Loposky and Karen Chalif voted alongside audience members to name Kayser this year’s Senior Idol. Following in the footsteps of last year’s winner, Marine Park resident Vincent Frisari, Kayser took home the crown and $500.

Kayser will open up Golden’s Summer Concert Series next year with a special performance. The outdoor concert series is set in Southwest Brooklyn parks throughout the months of July and August.

“I can’t wait to see her open up the Summer Concert Series next year,” said the senator.

Ten dollar tickets purchased by family, friends and music moguls go directly to Xaverian High School’s growing music department.

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