By Devon Sacramento
The third annual Salvation Army Talent Show, hosted by The Agency, a student-run public relations organization, will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 9, in the Pemberton Grand Hall.
Rachel Pender, this year’s coordinator for the talent show, said the purpose of the show is to collects funds, canned goods and raise overall awareness for the local Salvation Army corps. The entry donation at the door is a canned good or one dollar.
The Salvation Army serves residents in the Coles and Cumberland counties by providing many services including a food pantry, clothing and furniture vouchers, and an after school program.
“We are currently in need of volunteers who are dedicated and committed to helping The Salvation Army,” Claudia Simmons, one of the lieutenants of the Mattoon Corps, said. “We are also in need of money to support our programs. We really want to provide good programming for all ages and generations.”
So far, a few singers, a tuba player, a guitar player and a hula-hoop act have been confirmed for the show. Pender said more acts are still being confirmed.
This year, a clothing sale was held to raise the $100 for the first place cash prize.
“We asked students to donate gently-used clothing items, and sold everything for one dollar,” Katelyn Ifft, director of The Agency, said. “We reached our goal, making $109. The clothes we did not sell were donated to the Salvation Army,”
In past years close to 50 students/faculty/staff have attended the talent show, Jazmin Smiley, associate director of The Agency, said. Community involvement and the amount of canned goods collected have increased over the years, Smiley said.
Ifft said she her favorite part of the talent show is bringing together everyone for a good cause. “I love seeing how many people come out for the cause, as well as seeing the incredibly talented people Eastern has to offer,” Ifft said. “We have some unique talent, and the atmosphere of the whole show is very exciting and fun!”