Emerging Leader: Shelley and Anita Abbott (Talbot, Caroline, Dorchester)
Shelley and Anita Abbott turned a couple of appearances on the Quarantine Karaoke Facebook page into their own page with 17,000 followers. They have raised more than $25,000 for local bartenders, restaurant servers and churches by singing and holding auctions online. This was all from their home in Trappe, Maryland. They also give gift cards to people who are unemployed, helped a cancer patient buy a vehicle to get to chemo appointments, and bought pizzas for nursing home staff and games for residents while supporting local businesses. The Shelly Abbott Fan Club on Facebook, is a collection of gospel songs, original songs, and yes – karaoke. Shelley and Anita Abbott were selected for the Governor’s Service Award in the 2021 Emerging Leader category.