Tony Mazza of Deerfield Beach was recently crowned the winner of Tri-Rail’s Senior Idol with more than 1,000 fans cheering him on. The 11 finalists of the eighth annual competition sang their hearts out at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek for the chance to win a $500 grand prize and pass to ride Tri-Rail for one year.
“This competition was one of the most exciting to-date with an amazing wealth of talent,” said Bonnie Arnold, public information officer, SFRTA/Tri-Rail. “It is our pleasure to present this beloved event, which further showcases Tri-Rail’s ongoing commitment to the senior community as a vital transportation option.”
CBS-4 Reporter Peter D’Oench served as the special guest presenter of the exciting competition of solo singers, 65 years and older who are residents of Palm Beach, Broward or Miami-Dade counties. With hits ranging from “Rich Man” to “What I Did For Love” that drew the audience to their feet, judges Bonnie Arnold of SFRTA/Tri-Rail, Anita Finley of Boomer Times, Jessica Gloria of Miramar Cultural Center and Tyler Molinari of Posche Models International had a tough decision to select just one winner based on talent, style and stage presence.
It was Mazza’s rendition of “Delilah” that won him the title of 2013 Senior Idol. He was presented with the grand prize by Palm Beach County Mayor and South Florida Regional Transportation Authority Board Chair Steven L. Abrams. Anne Decareaux of Deerfield Beach was named the first runner-up.
Attendees also enjoyed other performances from the Original Florida Follies, The Villagers of John Knox Village and 2012 Senior Idol winner Sharon Lovett. Tri-Rail’s Senior Idol was sponsored in part by Boomer Times, HearUSA, Holy Cross Hospital, John Knox Village and Seminole Casino Coconut Creek.
Over the past eight years, the competition has touched more than 1,200 seniors, who now recognize Tri-Rail as a resource they can count on. The event raised nearly $1,000 for Broward Meals on Wheels, a local non-profit whose mission is to provide essential services that improve health, reduce isolation and promote independent living for seniors in our community.