Talent Show 2019


And the Winners Are? Drexel Foundations 23rd Annual Talent Show and Art camp Huge Success

            The Drexel H. Foundation held their Annual Talent Show on August 8th on the stage at Vale’s beautiful 1914 Rex Theater, one of the oldest theaters in Oregon still entertaining. This Free annual event was a pinnacle to “August Art Camp” week put on by the Drexel H. Foundation. The show was a success, with the first place winner in each age category going home with $100.00 cash, a huge trophy and lots of cool prizes. Everyone who performed received a big sack of prizes with over a $75-$100 value. Everyone went home a winner!

            The youth 4-11 category winner receiving $100.00 cash and a 1st place trophy was Rayanna Hansen singing and playing guitar, 2nd place was Kaylee Briner dancing & 3rd place was Rayanna playing guitar to her original song with her sister Sydney Hansen dancing. Also competing were Evelyn Hansen, Isabella Moraga, Keira Briner and Alia Manhire. The Gold Sponsor for this category was Malheur Federal Credit Union ( an 18+ year sponsor) and Luzetta’s Flowers (a sponsor since the first show 23 years ago). In the 12-14 category there were no competitors. “ It takes courage to get up on stage. That courage pays off with cash and trophies, gift certificates, and sacks of prizes. But with no middle school competitors just  we just took those funds to add more to each individual sack. Each was full of more prizes this year.” Said Fuson In the 15-19 category the 1st place winner was Andrew Rodriguez playing the guitar & singing. The 2nd place trophy went to Elisa Gaston and Third place trophy to Catherine Booth. Both Elisa & Catherine sang songs and have been past 1st place winners. This high school category Gold Sponsor was Umpqua Bank and Butler & Looney PC (a sponsor since the first show 23 years ago).  In the Adult category  Dusty Rose won first Place with an original song dedicated to her deceased mother. It was moving. The adult 2nd place trophy went to Debbie Wolfe playing a jazz version of America the Beautiful on the piano. The 3rd place trophy went to Ann Wuehler singing. The other adult participant, Tammy Booth a comedic storyteller had the audience roaring with laughter. The Adult Gold Sponsors were Feista Guadalajara and Malheur Drug (a sponsor since the first show 23 years ago).  The competition was real tough, even with one of the smallest line ups of competitors,  the talent quality was Grand!

            Acknowledgement to the sponsors who have supported the various events, & restoration efforts was made in the program and throughout the evening.  “Much thanks goes to the businesses and individuals who give their time, money and donations to help make our events worthwhile, and the organization volunteers helping make our events great which in turn encourages community involvement.” Said

Sandijean Fuson, President of the Drexel Foundation before the awards to the contestants. The show honored the many wonderful volunteers who were listed in the program for helping with Art Camp, Art Beat on Main Street, Certificate of Achievement, Art in the Park, and the Art Cam & talent show week. “All that these volunteers do throughout the year to help impact to this community, without them, there would be no us”! said Sandijean Fuson. The kids participating in Art Camp were acknowledged in addition to the valuable volunteer helpers. In 1995 the Annual August  Art Camp and Talent Show began. Since then many citizens from all of Oregon & the Treasure Valley are involved in the Drexel programs, working as volunteers, giving donations, helping with restoration, or just bringing their talents to share with others.  Announcements about the importance of the  local Treasure Valley supporters for this event was made by Fuson. Special recognition during the night was made to the sponsors who have donated for over 18+ years. There were several sponsoring since the First  show 23 years ago to help support this free family annual event. Sandra Tolman was presented with a gift for her outstanding service as a board member and volunteer. “ She helps with events, planning and always goes above and beyond in all her efforts to make the Drexel Foundation Great” said Fuson. The Drexel Foundation’s motto “of your own personal strength you can accomplish anything” has helped many follow their dreams. Every year they fill a need for the youth in this area to be exposed to cultural/artist events for FREE. “Participation in Art should be free, by breaking down financial barriers, it brings our community closer, as artistic talent is everywhere!” said Fuson.   

More FREE events are coming this summer. The upcoming Crash course in Film Program is Sept 4th art 6:00pm. The deadline is Sept. 8th to enter a video or film for free for the Annual Children’s Film Festival & Film-makers Competition  “for kids by kids, and with kids in mind”. It will be held on Sept. 14th at 6:30 at the Rex theater in Vale. Again $100 cash will go to the Best of Show for the entire fill festival and prizes for all who enter.  The submission of any format is permitted and after the deadline for free entries, late entries are allowed for a $20 entry fee.  To find out more about the Drexel Foundation call (541) 473-3470 and leave a message for Sandijean Fuson or Kelsey Tolman.

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