Students sponsor benefit talent show
Star Search it might not be, but a talent show in the Tonganoxie High auditorium could draw some rising talent -- and some funds for a national organization.
On March 28, the Tonganoxie Junior High student council will sponsor the show and all proceeds will be donated to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
"If it's something that impacts us in any way, it's something we do," said student council sponsor Deidria Waldschmidt, who also is expecting a diabetes walk later next month.
The junior high has had four students in the past who have cystic fibrosis, while current student Casey Davis also has the genetic condition. Cystic fibrosis produces an abnormally thick and sticky mucus within cells lining organs, such as the lungs and pancreas. Roughly 30,000 children and adults in the United States have cystic fibrosis.
Last year, the group sponsored a dance that raised $600 for the CFF.
In order to have success again this year, the student council will need more entries for its talent show. Waldschmidt said she'd only received a few entries as of Friday. At $10 per entry, she hopes to receive more.
But on Tuesday, Davis said there has been more interest in the grade school and the word appears to be getting out about the show.
"I'm hoping we're going to have a bigger turnout than we've had so far," Davis said.
Davis, who will be working backstage for the event with many other junior high students, said the fund-raiser was a unique way to earn money for a good cause.
"It's not like they're just giving a bunch of money to an organization," Davis said. "They're going to pay to enter and have fun with it."
The show is open to anyone and performances must be respectable and appropriate for family viewing, Waldschmidt said. Acts also should be limited to between three and five minutes.
A mandatory dress rehearsal will take place March 24, the last day applicants can enter the show. Waldschmidt would like to have the entries by this Friday, but would accept them until the rehearsal day. Entry forms can be picked up at the junior high and elementary school offices. Acts should be between three and five minutes for each entry.
The top talent in the show will win $100 for first place, while the second-place finisher will take home $50 and the third-place talent will win $25.
First State Bank and Trust and Community National Bank are donating prize money.