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Talent show raises money for March of Dimes, youth mentoring

A packed Dole Auditorium was the scene of Norwich University's Annual Spring Talent Show held on March 28. Eleven quality acts, ranging from a classic operatic duet to a carefully choreographed lip-sync by the women's rugby team, thrilled the standing-room only audience, who were frequently moved to clap, cheer and sing along with the performers.

The two-and-a-half-hour benefit, which raised $1,432.00 dollars for the March of Dimes and Norwich University's Youth Mentoring Program, was the culmination of months of planning by the Office of Volunteer Programs. A student run committee recruited judges, developed judging criteria and forms, requested and collected donations from local businesses for a raffle drawing, and held auditions and a rehearsal prior to the show. As the date neared they worked with the March of Dimes to coordinate the script and order of performances, sold tickets, helped with the event's advertising, and spread the word!

"I couldn't be more proud of my student staff and the student performers who helped make this fundraiser such a success," said DiDomenico, Norwich's Director of Volunteer Programs. "We exceeded our fundraising expectations by more than $500.00." DiDomenico credited four students - Nicki Sheperd, Megin Berglund, Karen Kelleher and Moriah Gavrish - with the lion's share of responsibility for the program's success.

"I think the Talent Show was a huge success," said DiDomenico, "not only because we were able to raise awareness about - and money for - two great programs, but also because we were able to demonstrate that we can have fun while educating the public about a strong community need of which they may have not already been aware!"

A panel of judges awarded prizes for first, second and third place as follows.

  • 1st Place: Dana Dexter, for his Riverdance style Irish jig
  • 2nd Place: Eric Beauregard, who sang and performed Billy Joel's "piano man" on piano and harmonica.
  • 3rd Place (tie): Shock Platoon (4 drill team members) rifle routine, and Melvin Knox, who performed an original composition for piano., April 2003

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