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Basking Ridge Woman Wins National Anthem Contest

September 22, 2010
Marie Fosket of Basking Ridge has been chosen to sing the National Anthem at the Far Hills Race Meeting on Oct. 23. Fosket was chosen from among 17 finalists who competed on Sept. 16 at Somerset Medical Center’s Steeplechase Cancer Center a chance to sing the National Anthem before 50,000 spectators at the annual Far Hills Race Meeting. Dominic Mantuano of Middlesex was chosen as the runner-up in the second annual contest.

Fosket is a classically trained soprano and music teacher and mother of two. She will sing in honor of her aunt Mary Reynolds, who died of cancer. 

Mantuano competed in the 1999 World Championships of Performing Arts, and was named the first Grand Champion Performer of the World – American Tenor. Dominic is a thyroid cancer survivor and recently performed at the nation’s largest Italian festival. 

Contest finalists were selected based on applications including brief statements about why he or she would like to perform at the Far Hills Race Meeting. Finalists were from all over Somerset, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Morris and Monmouth counties. 

Each contestant had an opportunity to present his or her rendition of the National Anthem before a live audience and a panel of five judges, including John von Stade, Co-Chair of the Far Hills Race Meeting, Sharon Davis, Magic 98.3 FM DJ, Guy Torsilieri, Co-Chair of the Far Hills Race Meeting, Maureen Schneider, Senior Vice President of clinical program development and Chief Nursing Officer at Somerset Medical Center, and Byron Smith, local musician and voice-over professional.

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