Choir from PBP’s Adopted School “Rock the Roof” at the Miss America Parade


Progressive Business Publications is excited by the high-energy start to its seventeenth year with adopted Philadelphia K-8 Elementary School, Cook-Wissahickon (CW).  The Cook-Wissahickon Choir kicked off 2013-14 by winning a place in the Miss America Show Us Your Shoes Parade! CW’s Choir, with more than 35 students in grades 3-8 performing under the direction of Mr. Nicholas D’Orsaneo, is beginning its second year.  Last year they enjoyed the right to march in the city’s Thanksgiving Parade.

In September 2013 the historic Miss America pageant returned to Atlantic City.  Thousands of spectators enjoyed Saturday’s gorgeous weather as the traditional Miss America “Shoe” Parade rolled along the legendary Atlantic City Boardwalk.  CW’s students won a competition to perform the song “God Bless America” as part of a youth ensemble with schools from across the region.  They were fantastic!  The huge crowd along the parade route cheered throughout, and the Choir members had a blast seeing all of the “princesses”, as they dubbed the contestants.  The Choir students beamed as their performance at Boardwalk Hall was telecast live on PHL-17.   What a night!  What an experience!

Just prior to stepping off along the Boardwalk, the Choir posed on the beach with a huge sign thanking PBP’s Founder & CEO, Ed Satell.   Choir Director Nick D’Orsaneo said: “Mr. Satell has always been one of our biggest fans and strongest supporters. Without his generosity and Progressive Business Publications’ sponsorship and continued support for the school for seventeen years, events like this Miss America Parade could not be a reality for these talented and exuberant students.”  The attached video shows their enthusiastic gratitude.

Progressive Business Publications is delighted to congratulate its philanthropy partner, Cook-Wissahickon School, on the terrific event.

Leave a Reply