Villagers’ talent show raises $2,000 for anti-bullying program

UPDATE: A talented group of Villagers recently helped raise just more than $2,000 for a college scholarship program that raises awareness about bullying.

The iSparkle Got Talent Fun’draiser, staged Aug. 20 at Lake Miona Recreation Center in The Villages, included about 30 acts. The money raised will go to iSparkle, an anti-bullying program created by Villages entertainer Petrina. Scholarship funds are awarded to candidates who create atmospheres of inclusion for their peers. For more information, write to isparklescholarship@gmail.com.

Petrina credited organizer Rosemary Ahrens for much of the success of the high-energy, fun event, which had the audience laughing, clapping, cheering, hooting, and hollering, she says in a post-show announcement.

The lineup included Janet Maloney singing “Get On Your Feet,” Zam Blau and Mark Traynor dancing provocatively to “Black Magic Woman,” Bruce and Lynn Greenberger dancing to the disco hit, “Boogie Oogie Oogie,” the Aloha ‘O Ka Hula Dance Troupe, numerous pop and country performances, Hometown Cloggers, and Billie Thatcher singing “What the World Needs Now” and “I Am What I Am.”

Several comedy skits were mixed in, along with comedian Tina DeWees drawing laughs with her testimony of “Life in the Villages,” and Pattie Hattie, Peachie, and Rosie from Clown Alley 179.

For the finale, the room and stage went dark when Cynthia Fitzpatrick, Joe Phipps, and Petrina took the stage wearing lighted outfits and danced to a medley of rock and pop hits.

The success of the show already has led to the scheduling of iSparkle Got Talent 2 for May 20, 2018, at Eisenhower Recreation Center, The Villages, Petrina says.

July 25 report:

Villagers are coming together to offer their time, build good relations, and create a fun community spirit, all for a good cause.

Tickets are now on sale for the iSparkle Got Talent Fun’draiser, scheduled for 7pm Sunday, Aug. 20 at Lake Miona Recreation Center, 1526 Buena Vista Blvd., The Villages. Tickets cost $16 and can be purchased by contacting organizer Rosemary Ahrens at 352.205.4892 or sparkleteamcoord@gmail.com. She will designate tables in advance for seating, so no worries about finding a seat.

The talent show features 30 acts, including comedy, singers, dancers, and more. The event, which is BYOB, also includes great raffle prizes, an email announcement states.

The event will raise college scholarship funds for iSparkle, an anti-bullying program created by Villages entertainer Petrina. The phrase stands for inclusion, support, protect, act, respect, kindness, lift spirits, and encourage. Scholarship funds are awarded to candidates who create atmospheres of inclusion for their peers. Applicants must be high school seniors, from anywhere in the country, who are related to a Villages homeowner. For more information, write to isparklescholarship@gmail.com.

The entertainment lineup includes: Janet Maloney, Zam Blau/Mark Traynor, singer Billie Thatcher, Violet Ray from Aloha ‘O Ka Hula Dance Troupe, Cindy Cooper/Sherry Sullivan, Karen Wink, “Queen Bees” Donna Palumbo/Linda Smith, Marti Doris, Juanita Doyle, Holly Black, Kathy Strope, Lisa Chadwick, Diane Jiles, Tina DeWees, Linda Bitterly/Cloggers, Maria Gonzales, Jan Myers, Hometown Cloggers, Diane Tuttle/Phyllis Groff, Bill Eder, Mary Roberson, Vicki Gordon and group, Donna J, Bruce & Lynne Greenberger, Patti Hattie, Peachie and Rosie from Clown Alley 179, Joe Phipps, Cynthia Fitzpatrick, and Petrina.

 

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