‘Mother of All Talent Shows’ succeeds again in Langley

Rep. Norma Smith and JaNoah Spratt go over some details before her performance. - Photo courtesy of Shawn Nowlin
Rep. Norma Smith and JaNoah Spratt go over some details before her performance.
— image credit: Photo courtesy of Shawn Nowlin

Organizer’s said that Good Cheer’s May 28 “Mother of All Talent Shows Rides Again” was a rousing success. The event raised more than $5,000, which will fund the food bank’s mission to feed the needy of South Whidbey.

The show was held in the South Whidbey High School auditorium. It included song and dance folks, martial artists, a short film and even a clown. While the performers entertained a crowd of more than 300, concession-stand treats and raffle tickets sold like hotcakes.

Highlights of the evening included a commercial starring Good Cheer’s executive director Kathy McLaughlin, Rita Burns and Kay Stanley; a “too sexy” Don Zontine modeled several layers of clothing from the Good Cheer thrift store; and Rep. Norma Smith led the audience in singing “Happy Birthday” to 11-year-old JaNoah Spratt, one of the talent show’s organizers and one of Good Cheer’s biggest supporters.

This was the second year for the talent show, for which sponsorships and prizes were acquired through the hard work of the young Spratt. He was also instrumental in getting Smith to participate this year.

Damien Cortez, food bank coordinator, took care of booking the talent and directing the show. There were also many volunteers who filled in where needed for several important tasks from selling tickets at the door to manning tables at the event.

The staff at Good Cheer extended a warm thank-you to all its volunteers and to the community for its generous participation. Such support makes it possible to feed more people on South Whidbey, said Good Cheer community outreach coordinator Shawn Nowlin.


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