JCMI enjoys envening of comedy, music

And it’s all thanks to a neighborly connection

Co-chairs Phyllis Borr and Shirley Posner await the anticipated crowd for An Evening of Comedy & Music.

Neil Pascoe / Special to the Eagle

Co-chairs Phyllis Borr and Shirley Posner await the anticipated crowd for An Evening of Comedy & Music.

Once a neighbor always a neighbor. Never was that more true than in the case of Shirley Posner and Vic Arnell. And that, in a nutshell, is pretty much how Arnell became the co-headliner at Sunday night’s JCMI Sisterhood’s Evening of Comedy & Music at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island.

“Vic and I were neighbors for 39 years back in Rockland, New York and a couple of years ago when the sisterhood here at the Congregation was looking for a spectacular headliner to go with the fabulous Holly Lipton, I called him to come down to Marco Island,” Posner, who along with Phyllis Borr was a co-chair of the event, revealed.

“Being the great guy he is, he dropped everything, came down, and we had one of our most successful fundraisers ever.

“It was so successful, that I called him again to reprise his performance and, by popular demand, he was gracious enough to come back again.”

And, as a result, an overflow throng of 350 jammed into the Congregation’s hall to witness an entertaining event that stretched from the Borscht Belt to Broadway to Marco Island.

Sponsored by Terence McCreanor and Stephen Macko of Morgan Stanley of Marco Island with audio and video effects produced by Michael Cole of MCDL, Inc., of Fort Myers along with Brent’s Music, the lively show moved along at a perky clip behind Lipton’s beauty and golden melodies along with Arnell’s clean, old-fashioned, belly laugh humor that captivated the audience throughout the evening.

Arnell has shared the stage with Tom Jones, appeared with Liza Minnelli, Barry Manilow, Engelbert Humperdinck, and Gladys Knight and the Pips, just to name a few. He has also done numerous TV commercials which earned him Cleo awards, the advertising equivalent of the Oscars.

Lipton began her career at age 15 singing in the local nightclub’s of New York’s Greenwich Village. She starred in the Broadway musical “Jesus Christ Superstar” while working with George Burns, Don Rickles, Jerry Seinfeld, Howie Mandell and Rosie O’Donnell.

“We have so many people to thank, especially the Marco Island Men’s Club, for their help in putting this show on the stage and in helping us with ticket sales,” pointed out Borr.

“The entire Marco Island community got behind us for this show and everybody was just so wonderful that we can’t thank them enough. The show is always a great one and I’m sure everyone will enjoy it as much as we do.”

Hey, that’s what neighbors are for.

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