Talent show raises $1600 for three worthy causes
by Diana Weggler, March 2005
Angela Hill's rendition of the popular Whitney Houston song, "I will always love you," elicited a standing ovation from the audience at last Friday's talent show, co-sponsored by the Office of Volunteer Programs and the Student Activities Office. Hill's performance earned her second prize at the annual event, which raised more than $1600 to benefit The March of Dimes, Norwich Youth Mentoring Programs, and UNICEF's Tsunami Relief Fund.
Director of Volunteer Programs Nicole DiDomenico couldn't have been more pleased with the overall success of the event, held in Plumley Armory this year to accommodate a larger audience. "The audience was very enthusiastic, and very respectful of all the performers. When all the receipts were tallied, we found out we'd exceeded last year's total by $300!" DiDomenico said.
The three and a half hour extravaganza featured a number of solo vocalists, two bands, a drum soloist, a piano and violin duet, two solo guitarist/vocalists, a solo rap artist, a hip-hop/reggae dance troupe, and a solo pianist. Between acts, emcee Justin "Mr. Norwich" Fitzgerald kept the audience of several hundred entertained, completing no less than 12 different costume changes, each outfit more outrageous than the preceding one.
Third-place winners Edson Batista, Johnny Walker and Blake Jackson brought down the house with an over-the-top dance performance, blending hip-hop, reggae, and reggae ton and rap. Their highly original number, which featured on-stage audience participation, rocked Plumley Armory to the rafters.
First prize went to the rock band, Old City Sound, featuring Eric Beauregard, Mike Carchedi, Phil Corey, Justin Murphy and Luke Nabonzy, for their original number, "Whiskey." Old City Sound closed the show with a credible rendition of Hendrix's "All Along the Watchtower."
Honorable mention goes to unofficial entrant Ryan Downing for his original song, "I'm a student at Norwich University." Cadet Downing's "tell-it-like-it-is" lyrics were clearly a favorite with the Corps members in the audience.
The talent show organizers wish to thank volunteers Moriah Gavrish, Justin Fitzgerald and Jon Capen, as well as the following business sponsors:
- A Step Above Dance Studio
- AmeriCorps Members of Norwich
- The Boys and Girls Club of Northfield
- Red Kettle Restaurant
- Trombly's Flower Shop
- Vermont Chocolatiers