Shepherd’s Center announces judges for Senior Idol’s ‘Final 10’

Niki Swann, Ms. Wheelchair Virginia 2010, will serve as the celebrity judge for the final competition of the top 10 seniors seeking the title of “1st Senior Idol of Chesterfield County and the Tri-Cities,” according to information from the Shepherd’s Center of Chesterfield.

Joshua Wortham and Una Harrison will serve as expert judges for the event, which will take place on Friday, Oct. 1, at 7 p.m. at Thomas Dale High School, 3626 W. Hundred Road, the press release says. Tickets are on sale now.

Swann, who received her crown on March 27, is from Heathsville, Va. She is 23 and has been using a wheelchair since the age of 16, when she suffered a spinal cord injury due to a motor vehicle accident, the release says.

Wortham is the music director/organist at Chester United Methodist Church. He has a degree in Church Music from Campbellsville University in Kentucky and is the founding director of the Chester Community Chorus, the release says.

Harrison, who teaches drama in Petersburg, is also an actress, director, singer and playwright. She is a graduate of the College of Music and Dramatic Arts in Birmingham, England, and also studied at the Royal Academy in London, it says.

“We are very fortunate to have these talented individuals judging the final event,” Tricia Wolfe, executive director of the Shepherd’s Center, says in the release. “Josh and Una are extremely well-qualified, and Niki brings a background and understanding of perseverance and overcoming obstacles ... two qualities she shares with our seniors.”

Following a series of preliminary auditions, the original field of more than 30 competitors age 55 and over has been narrowed down to the “Final 10.” Chester Minuteman Press, Lucy Corr Village, FamilyCare Home Health, Inc., Chesterfield County Public Schools along with the Office of the Senior Advocate, and Springdale at Lucy Corr are partnering with the Shepherd’s Center to bring these talented seniors center stage, the release says.

Tickets for the final competition are $10, $7 for seniors and students, and are available at Chester Minuteman Press, 4607 W. Hundred Road, the Village News office, 4100 W. Hundred Road, Chester, the Shepherd’s Center’s booth at ChesterFest or by calling the Shepherds’ Center office at 706-6689.

All proceeds from the event will help support the services and programs of the Shepherd’s Center, a non-profit, interfaith organization of volunteers who donate their time, talents, professional expertise, automobiles, gasoline, etc., to help senior adults aged 50 and older who reside in Chesterfield County and the Tri-Cities region remain independent in their own homes.

For more information, call 706-6689 or visit www.shepc

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