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VanessAllen sings 'Midnight TraGeorgia' by Gladys Night Pips Caribbean Thriller fundraiser for Methodist Hospitals Foundation. | Phoprovided

Vanessa Allen sings "Midnight Train to Georgia" by Gladys Night and the Pips at the Caribbean Thriller fundraiser for the Methodist Hospitals Foundation. | Photo provided

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Northwest Indiana residents who impersonated their favorite celebrities: Lakeshore Public Media president and CEO James Muhammad as Jeffrey Osborne, state Rep. Vernon Smith as Smokey Robinson, state Rep. Charlie Brown as Teddy Pendergrass, Methodist Hospitals president and CEO Ian McFadden as Barry White, attorney Angela McFadden as Beyonce, Lake County Clerk Mike Brown as Isaac Hayes, Methodist Hospitals executive director Rob Hanrahan as Frankie Avalon, Calumet Township Assessor Jackie Collins as Mary J. Blige, insurance agent Roosevelt Haywood as Bobby Womack, restaurant Gordon “Big Daddy” Biffle as Heavy D., Urban League president and CEO Vanessa Allen as Gladys Knight, Majestic Star general manager Craig Ghelfi as John Lennon, Devetta White as Phyllis Hyman, Post-Tribune advertising manager Rich Cains as Elvis Presley, attorney Trent McCain as Al B. Sure! and attorney Lonnie Randolph as Marvin Gaye.

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Updated: October 17, 2013 6:03AM



If you were not amongst those attending the Kreww Majestic Eagle’s Caribbean Thriller Aug. 30 at the Marquette Park Pavilion, you missed a treat as area public figures “performed” as their favorite singers.

The event was a fundraiser for the Methodist Hospitals Foundation, which uses the funds to support projects and programs at the Methodist Hospitals. The foundation has purchased special baby swings and bassinets for the neonatal units, among many other things.

Methodist Hospitals President and CEO Ian McFadden told the audience that Caribbean Thriller was going to be “very interesting.”

His wife, Angela McFadden, took the stage wearing a white blazer with black embroidery, only to take it off and reveal a black leotard, sheer black stockings and high heels to perform Beyonce’s “All the Single Ladies,” imitating most of the dance moves from the video. Tip vases on both corners of the stage filled with money from the audience.

McFadden said she has training in dance and minored in dance at the University of Alabama. Her professional dancing stopped after suffering a knee injury that required surgery.

“If not for my knee I would have expanded on the routine tonight,” she said.

Ian McFadden could not escape from doing a routine and entered the stage in a white suit tie with a black shirt, hat … and a fake beard, to perform as the late “Maestro” Barry White. He lip-synched to “I’m Gonna Love You (Just A Little More).”

Other highlights fromthe event included Lake County Clerk Mike Brown as Isaac Hayes, dressed in the “Black Moses” outfit and accompanied by back-up singers and an “orchestra” as they performed the theme from “Shaft.”

Another highlight was Urban League of Northwest Indiana president and CEO Vanessa Allen singing a live version of “Midnight Train to Georgia” by Gladys Knight & the Pips. Those unaware of Allen’s singing skills were pleasantly surprised.

“I truly enjoyed myself tonight,” Allen said with a laugh.



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