Have some fun for a serious cause.
A talent show to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer will be held May 18 at John Bracken Hall, Conemaugh Township fire hall, 1942 Kring St., Tire Hill.
Talent4TaTas will feature a catered dinner, silent auction and talent show, with proceeds being donated to the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure.
Doors will open at 4 p.m., with dinner at 4:45 and the talent competition at 6, said Leilani Callis-Keiser, event organizer.
Local band Midnight Graffiti will provide dinner music.
Local musicians, comedians, magicians, dancers and vocalists will perform for the second year in the judged talent competition that will award a cash prize of $500 to the winning act.
The first show was in 2011, but due to illness in the group, there was no 2012 event.
“The first year, we had about 200 in the audience and 14 acts performing,” Callis-Keiser said. “There will be individual judges and people’s choice awards, which is new this year. We need more performers. I’m still accepting participants.”
The talent show, which was founded in September 2011, is being hosted by A Few Good Believers, a team of women who are Johnstown residents.
The group includes some friends of Callis-Keiser who are cancer survivors, and they all want to fight and research the disease.
Callis-Keiser was an oncology nurse in the 1980s and has always done some type of fundraiser for breast cancer.
She formed the group after losing a good friend to breast cancer.
“I found out about Susan G. Komen about four or five years ago,” Callis-Keiser said. “I do the 60-mile walk, and each walker has to raise $2,300 to participate in the walk.”
She does several scrapbooking fundraisers a year and wanted to think of a different event other than another basket party.
“I wanted to have more fun, so I thought of doing a talent show,” Callis-Keiser said. “This will be a full evening of entertainment.”
WJAC-TV’s chief meteorologist Jim Burton will be the emcee for the second year.
Have some fun for a serious cause.
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