Talent Showcase to benefit community organizations Event planned Sunday at career and arts center
SHAMOKIN - A local event designed to bring together bands, community performers and local residents will benefit several community organizations in the Shamokin area.
"Talent Showcase 2013," which will be presented at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Northumberland County Career and Arts Center auditorium, will bring 13 acts together for a show to benefit the Northumberland County Council for the Arts and Humanities and Citizens for a Better Community, both of Shamokin.
Organizer Rob Wheary founded the event as a way to give back to the community where he has lived all his life.
"Through my work as a newspaper reporter, I see all the great works that these organizations do, so with the help of some amazing friends of mine, we worked to put this all together and hope the public will come out and support it," Wheary said.
Admission for the event costs $5 for the two-hour show, which will feature acoustic performances from Marla and the Juniper Street Band, Sleuth and members of the band Dying to Live. Also featured will be youth acts, vocalists Rosalind Kane, of Coal Township, Lauren Pardoe, of Winfield, and Emilee Barnhardt, of Kulpmont, pianist Seth Barrett, of Elysburg, and guitarist Trevor Bewley, of Middleburg.
There will also be performances by a praise team from Lewisburg, Bobby Diamond, the Choralettes accompanied by Vic Boris, and a vocal group with Wheary, Sheree Frey, Becky Keister-Taffera and Keith Keister, with a special number to open the show.
"I'm a big karaoke fan, and one night, we sang a song that gave me a great feeling and was my inspiration for doing something good. So I'm proud to start the show surrounded by my friends," Wheary said.
In addition to two hours of entertainment, those attending will have a chance to win one of more than $3,000 in door prizes collected for the event.
Prizes consist of a wine cabinet from Bader's Furniture, an Apple iPad mini from PPL Corporation, four bus trips for two Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs and two bus trips for two to New York City from King Coal Tours, two iPod Shuffles from Turlis Sewer and Drain, a painting created by Claude Harrington live at the show, traditional pizza from Harry's Fine Food.
Makeover and spa treatment from The Spa at McCann, a Beast Hoagie from Mac's Hoagies, two Coney Island sunset photographs from The News-Item, an old Shamokin theater photograph from Dalado Photography, small concrete pumpkin from Rock and Block Materials, two two-pizza gifts from Scicchitano Buono Pizza, a marble plant stand table from Smimock's Furniture.
Service Electric Cablevision gift pack and $50 gift card, Capitol collectibles from state Sen. John Gordner (R-27), crocheted afghan from Stacie Wheary, silver collectible dime from Ye Olde Coin Shoppe, a will, living or power of attorney legal service from Weist, Muolo, Noon, Swinehart and Bathgate and gifts cards worth $25 from Village Towne Restaurant, two $50 for Walmart from After Hours Swing Band and Dave Sports and Councilman Craig Rhoades and Pamela Rhoades, $50 for Olive Garden from Aqua Pennsylvania, $25 from Gigi's, $25 from Original Italian Pizza, $25 for Wayside Inn from state Rep. Kurt Masser (R-107), $100 for Turkey Hill from Family Home Medical, $100 for Amazon from Geisinger-Shamokin Area Community Hospital, $50 for GameStop from Darla Fausey State Farm Agency and $100 from Weis Markets.
Those attending the show are also asked to bring non-perishable food items that will be donated to the Manna for the Many Food Pantry in Shamokin.
Additionally, as an incentive to encourage participation, Wheary said Howie Miller of Midnite Jam Sound System allowed him to have 50/50 drawings at some of his karaoke shows to raise money to give away a cash prize at the Sunday event. One ticket will be given for every item of food brought by an audience members.
A special ticket sale will be held Saturday downtown in front of CVS at Shamokin's Farmer's Market, and will be available the day of the show.
"I hope we have a great turnout for these great organizations," Wheary said.
More information on the show can be found at the Talent Showcase 2013 page on Facebook.
Wheary said a special thanks goes out to GDK Development Inc., Cardinal Mindszenty Assembly 932 Knights of Columbus in Shamokin, Shamokin Knights of Columbus, Kenneth Barnhart, the Northumberland County Council for the Arts and Humanities, Citizens for a Better Community, Manna For the Many, Soundman Jymi, WISL1480.com, the performers and the audience for supporting the event.