Call To Action: Vote for Delaware Native for World’s Biggest MJ Collection
Written by L. Burner on 21 January 2021
Vernay O’Neal (formerly Vernay Lewis) is a Delaware native known internationally as a devout fan of Michael Jackson and for her illustrious collection of memorabilia. She has been featured in the News Journal multiple times, and on Dateline and her collection has been featured on VH1. Through her work with MJ fan clubs she has been privy to front row seats at The Jacksons 30th Anniversary Special and a tour of Neverland.
As if those accolades weren’t already every fan’s dream, she was selected to order his cake for his 45th birthday at a fan event…which he actually attended! But all of that probably paled in comparison to the time she met him face to face at the Virgin Megastore Invincible meet and greet, an experience that left her “Speechless.” Pun intended! That song would not only become her all time favorite Michael song but her wedding song! Vernay had already been collecting since the “Bad Era” and was sure she had one of if not thee biggest collection in the country when another collector named Ryan O’Neal moved in on her turf! Ryan came to a Delaware on tour to display his MJ/J5 collection and landed in a venue that was literally blocks from her home.
When she got wind of this she sought to defend her crown and marched right down to his exhibit. There was no doubt that Ryan’s collection gave her a run for her money, in fact it was bigger but with one distinction. Ryan’s collection puts a greater emphasis on The Jackson Five and memorabilia from that era. The two hit it off…and the rest is history! Within 3 years they were married, joining their hearts and their collections! They sealed their fate in Aug. 2020, walking down the aisle in a fairytale Michael themed wedding to “Speechless.”
Each year the couple throws an annual MJ Pool Party and BBQ to put on for the fan community and loved ones at their home in New Jersey. In that regard they are the toast of the town! Their event even drew a pop up visit from viral You Tube star Michael Trapson! Currently, they are working on an official MJ/J5 museum and their collection is in a contest for the biggest in the world. From what videos shows of the other finalists, theirs is definitely the most diverse and dynamic collection, complete with a Michael Jackson mannequin, life-sized light up displays and a full- sized Moonwalker video game!
The O’Neals don’t just collect, They are proactive in and for the fan community and in my humble opinion they deserve to win! But there are many fanatics in the world with amazing collections and the race is tight. So let’s throw our support behind this fabulous MJ couple from the Delaware Valley and bring that trophy home! Now here’s the CALL TO ACTION!
Go to his page>>> Click on Community tab and vote for finalist Vernay!
***VOTING ENDS SATURDAY JAN. 23rd AT 6 AM!
Follow Vernay and Ryan on You Tube.