Talent showcase, fundraiser return



February 12, 2018 - 12:00 AM

A variety show with 25 acts including dancers, singers, silk ribbon aerialists, tumblers, bands, comedy and more returns to Iola this weekend for the third annual Bright Lights — Big Hearts Talent Showcase. The performance, hosted by The Studio: Yates Center, raises money for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) for children in the 31st Judicial District.
The event begins at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Bowlus Fine Arts Center.
A silent auction in the lobby before the show and during intermission also returns to this year’s event. The auction typically includes such things as passes to area recreation centers or gyms, gift certificates to area restaurants, photography packages, a variety of themed baskets and more.
Concessions also will be available.
All money raised during the event stays within the 31st Judicial District, which includes Allen, Neosho, Wilson and Woodson counties. CASA helps children who are removed from their homes because of abuse or neglect.
Last year’s event brought in $4,842; in 2016, $2,800 was donated.
Lara Meagan Weber, owner of The Studio, is behind the planning of the event.
Tickets are $10 in advance at www.thestudioyatescenter.com  by calling 620-496-6454 or on the Facebook link. Tickets are also available for $15 at the door on Saturday night.

PHOTO: Abigail Weber, left, and Alyssa Heffern, both of Yates Center, perform a dance routine at the 2017 Bright Lights – Big Hearts Charity Talent Showcase and Silent Auction at the Bowlus Fine Arts Center. The event returns Saturday.  File Photo

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