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Talent show gets ready to roll in Langley

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Ja'Noah Spratt and Damien Cortez get ready for the 'Mother of All Talent Shows Rides Again' on Saturday.
— image credit: Photo courtesy of Good Cheer

Tickets are on sale now for Good Cheer’s second annual fundraising extravaganza, “Mother of All Talent Shows Rides Again.”

The show will be at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 28, in the auditorium at South Whidbey High School in Langley.

Damien Cortez, food bank manager, again is in charge of the show, ably assisted for the second straight year by 10-year-old JaNoah Spratt of Langley, a home-schooler who has made a young career of helping the food bank.

Cortez said nearly 30 acts have signed up to compete, including musicians, dancers, singers and martial arts practitioners. He said the lineup for the show is set, but additional prize donations will be welcome.

“We’ll have all sorts of fun stuff,” Cortez said Thursday. “It should be a hoot.”

He said the judges won’t be ranking talent, but will give out prizes based on what they enjoyed.

“It’s still a competition, but in a fun sense,” he said.

Show tickets are $10, and additional raffle tickets also are available for a chance to win prizes donated by local residents and merchants.

Tickets can be purchased at all Good Cheer outlets in Bayview, Langley and Clinton, and at Coastal Bank in Freeland and Hanson’s Building Supply in Bayview.

Last year’s inaugural show raised more than $5,000 for the food bank, Cortez said.

“We hope to top that this year,” he said.

For JaNoah, son of Todd and Teresa Spratt, this is just the latest in a series of efforts to benefit the food bank.

In 2007 and 2008, starting when he was 7 years old, he raised vegetables in his home garden and sold them at a roadside stand. He collected about $50 each year, and gave it all to Good Cheer.

In 2009, he devised an innovative matching program that raised another $2,000 for the food bank, earning him a letter of appreciation from Good Cheer director Kathy McLaughlin.

For more information about the talent show, call 221-4868 or e-mail foodbank@goodcheer.org.

 

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