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National Anthem Contest Launched

July 8, 2010
Somerset Medical Center is pleased to announce that it will host a second annual National Anthem Contest that will grant one lucky winner a chance to sing before 50,000 spectators at the annual Far Hills Race Meeting on October 23rd. The contest will once again be held at Somerset Medical Center’s Steeplechase Cancer Center, which was named in honor of the Far Hills Race Meeting Association, the medical center’s most generous benefactor. All interested members of the community are invited to participate in the 2010 National Anthem Contest by first submitting an entry application. Applications are due by August 9.

Last year, local talent Bill Tortoriello, of Bridgewater, NJ, was awarded the opportunity to sing the Star Spangled Banner at the 2009 Race Meeting, based off of his written application and superb vocal rendition of the National Anthem.

“Somerset Medical Center’s inaugural National Anthem Contest was a great success, and we look forward to finding our next local star this year,” said Ken Bateman, President and CEO of Somerset Medical Center. “This contest is a great way to honor the relationship between the Far Hills Race Meeting and Somerset Medical Center.”

The competition requires each individual to complete an application including a brief statement on why he or she would like to sing at the Far Hills Race Meeting. Once the finalists are chosen, they will go on to participate in a special panel-judged vocal competition which will ultimately determine the winner. Participants are asked to submit applications by August 9th, and all finalists will be notified beginning August 23rd. Selected finalists will move on to compete before the panel on September 16th.

2010 marks the 90th running of the historic Far Hills Race Meeting, a “must-attend” event of the fall season that combines the height of culinary skill, modern and traditional fashion, top thoroughbred jump racing and joyous camaraderie. Tens of thousands of attendees flock from near and far to participate in a day of entertainment and sport, all while contributing to a worthy cause. Over the past 56 years, The Far Hills Race Meeting has raised over $17 million to benefit Somerset Medical Center, and helped to ensure the residents of central NewJersey are afforded the highest quality healthcare available.

Please visit for the official National Anthem Contest application. 

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