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Good Cheer Food Bank's talent show comes up big | LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor:

Good Cheer knew that South Whidbey had talent and it was on full display at our fundraising event “The Mother of All Talent Shows.” Once again Good Cheer is indebted to so many — more than we could ever individually list in a letter to the editor. This was a concerted effort from everyone in the community pulling together to help people in need.

There is something about this community that engenders a certain warmth and a feeling of belonging. It was no more apparent than at this wonderful display of local talent; a definite “10.” The quality of the performances went way beyond everyone’s expectations. The beauty of the show was in the diversity of talent and the participation that came from the young and the not-so-young. When you combine talented performers with South Whidbey High School’s first class theater, it spells success.

A young man by the name of JaNoah Spratt and State Rep. Norma Smith gave the show its wings, and I’m sure that it will become an annual event.

Good Cheer has traditionally relied on thrift store sales and community monetary donations to support food bank operations, but because of increasing client numbers, the board of directors has asked the staff to add a fundraising component. The talent show proceeds were $5,090, which was pleasantly $1,890 more than what Good Cheer staff had budgeted. We are so grateful, and wish to extend a “BIG” thank you to everyone who played a part in our first annual talent show.

South Whidbey has a tradition of hosting talent shows and we will make sure that the tradition continues.

The highlight of the evening was when Rep. Norma Smith, having made prior arrangements with Good Cheer, presented JaNoah with a flag that had flown over the state capital and a document acknowledging his exemplary service to our community. JaNoah was the driving force behind the talent show; he secured all the raffle donations, assisted with production, and was a performer, as well. JaNoah continues to set an example that we call all look up to!

We have put together a slide show of the event on our blog which I think you will enjoy: http://www.goodcheerblogspot.com.

In April, Good Cheer Food Bank served 795 families and gave out 59,537 pounds of food.

Monetary donations are the primary source of keeping our food-bank shelves full. Currently the demands on our food bank are high and our monetary donations are down. If you can help in any way please visit www.goodcheer.org where you can donate online or mail a donation to: PO Box 144, Langley, WA 98260.

Together we can create a hunger-free community.

Kathy McLaughlin

Executive Director

Good Cheer Food Bank & Thrift Stores

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