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 Seminole Casino Coconut Creek to host 8th annual competition

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (February 19, 2013) – Seniors 65 years and older with a knack for singing are invited to audition for Tri-Rail’s “Senior Idol” on Tues., March 19 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek, located at 5550 NW 40th St.  As part of this exciting event, 12 finalists will be chosen to sing their way to the top at the final competition for the chance to win a $500 cash prize, free pass to ride Tri-Rail for one year and the title of “Senior Idol.”  Tri-Rail’s 8th annual “Senior Idol” is sponsored in part by Seminole Casino Coconut Creek, Boomer Times, Holy Cross Hospital and John Knox Village.

“We are pleased that the community has embraced Senior Idol as our signature event and now with the support of Seminole Casino Coconut Creek it is sure to enjoy continued success,” said Bonnie Arnold, public information officer for SFRTA/Tri-Rail.  “Along with discounted train fares for riders 65 years and older, this singing competition is another way Tri-Rail continues to honor its commitment to the senior community.”

Since the inaugural competition in 2006, more than 700 tri-county seniors have auditioned for the chance to become a finalist and compete in the coveted competition.  Past winners include Don Ladd of Tamarac, Sonny Allegro of Hollywood, Janet Anguilli of Ft. Lauderdale, Ed Pierson of Weston, Robert Kolodin of Tamarac, Josephine Dolce of Highland Beach and 2012 winner Sharon Lovett of West Palm Beach.

The local competition is open to solo singers who are residents of Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach Counties.  A panel of judges will select the 12 contestants who will go on to compete in the final competition at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek on Sat., May 11.

“Seminole Casino Coconut Creek is thrilled to welcome the South Florida community to enjoy Tri Rail’s 8th annual ‘Senior Idol’,” said Steve Bonner, president of Seminole Casino Coconut Creek. “We strive to provide an exceptional gaming, dining and entertainment experience and this emerging singing competition will be a wonderful addition to our performance roster.”

To register for an audition time, please call 954-714-7892 by 5 p.m. on Fri., March 15.

Tri-Rail, South Florida’s premier commuter rail system, serves Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties with 18 conveniently located train stations, bus and Metrorail connections and service every day of the year. For more information about Tri-Rail, visit or call 1-800-TRI-RAIL.

About Event Sponsors:

The all-new Seminole Casino Coconut Creek is South Florida’s hottest place to play. With its recent $150 million expansion, the entertainment destination now features 65 table games of live Blackjack, Baccarat, Pai Gow Poker, Let it Ride and Spanish 21 plus a High-Limit area and lounge on a 100,000-square-foot casino floor. The new second floor non-smoking Stax Poker Lounge offers high stakes no-limit action including Texas Hold ‘em, 7-Card Stud and Omaha Hi Lo tournaments. More than 2,300 Las Vegas-style slots include Wide-Area Progressive Jackpots and Mega Jackpots. Three new restaurants – the upscale NYY Steak, Sorrisi Italian Restaurant and the New York-style 1st Street Deli – join the award winning Fresh Harvest, Nectar Lounge and Sunset Grill. Taking total guest enjoyment to a new level is The Pavilion, a 1,200-seat concert venue, and the revolutionary Player’s Club showcasing an innovative and immersive experience eliminating wait times. An environmentally friendly garage with solar energy and green art technology offers 2,400 covered parking spaces. An adjacent transportation hub is outfitted with valet service and a bus lounge for ultimate comfort and guest convenience. Open 24/7, 365 days, Seminole Casino Coconut Creek is located at the corner of U.S. 441 (State Road 7) and Sample Road at 5550 NW 40 Street. For more information, call 954-977-6700, visit us online at or Follow us on Twitter @SemCasinoCoCo.

Boomer Times is the leading senior publication in South Florida, serving more than 125,000 active adults in the tri-county area.  Readers enjoy information about financial, health, social and other issues facing seniors.

Holy Cross Hospital is Broward County’s only full-service, non-profit Catholic hospital, and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy. Holy Cross takes pride in the ability to combine quality medical care and advanced technology with sincere human compassion and understanding. The hospital is fully accredited by the Joint Commission and its medical team has earned a reputation for excellence unsurpassed in the community.  To learn more about Holy Cross, visit

John Knox Village is a not-for-profit continuing-care retirement community (CCRC) located on a 64-acre campus of lakes and lush tropical landscaping in Pompano Beach. The Village opened in 1967 to provide seniors, aged 62 and over, a comprehensive community where they would be cared for life. The Village offers a full range of activities, in a Wellness environment encompassing independent living, assisted living and nursing care options for its residents.  John Knox Village is located at 651 S.W. Sixth Street in Pompano Beach, just east of I-95 and south of Atlantic Boulevard. Call (954) 783-4040 for more information.

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