On April 16, Selbyville resident Veronica Bona will grace Delmarva Shorebirds fans with her rendition of the national anthem before the first pitch is thrown.
“I’m a ham,” said Bona of her decision to audition for the performance. “I saw that they were having auditions, and I said, ‘I’m going.’ So I got there and I was the first to audition!”
Bona was one of more than 35 people who braved the Shorebirds’ panel of staff judges to sing at games throughout the season.
“It was pretty easy. You went in and signed up, and they put you on a list. We had to go out on the third-base line and sing a couple of lines of the song, and that was it. It was fun.”
Bona has been singing in her church’s choir for the past few months, but she has no formal training.
“I just sing with the choir at church, that’s all. I just love to sing,” she explained.
Bona, who owns Paragon Auto Body in Frankford with her husband, said singing is one of her most favorite activities and she’s always singing at work.
“I’m singing constantly. My husband says I can sing to him anytime. It’s my pastime, I love to sing.”
Last week, Bona heard she had made the cut, and was asked to sing before the Shorebirds’ game against the Hagerstown Suns, which is scheduled to start at 7:05 p.m. on April 16. The game will be held on one of the Shorebirds’ $2 Mondays at Shorebirds stadium, where tickets and concessions will cost only $2 each.
“It’s going to be a lot of fun. I’m excited!” Bona said.
Bona, who is also an ambassador for the Bethany-Fenwick Chamber of Commerce, said that all of her friends and family are excited for her performance.
“Everybody is excited. We’re trying to get a group of our ambassadors to go with us, too. I might have a big cheering section.”
She added that she’ll have her performance recorded and plans to post it on Paragon’s Facebook page.
“I’m going to videotape it and put it on the business Facebook, in case anybody wants to see it… That’s only if it’s good,” she added with a laugh.
Bona said that she’s looking forward to the experience and hopes those in attendance will enjoy her performance.
“I’m not nervous at all. I’m really looking forward to it. I’m really excited,” she said. “I try any avenue I can, you know. Life is short, and I just grab anything I can and run with it.”
For more information on the April 16 game, call the Delmarva Shorebirds at (410) 219-3112. To watch Bona’s performance following the game, visit Paragon’s Facebook page, at www.facebook.com/ParagonAutoBody.