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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Art In the Park 2019

20th year that local Kids Paint the Vale park and Win BIG at Drexel’s Art in the Park on Flag Day Event!

            The Vale Park was not its usual quiet at 9:00 am on June 14th, 30 youth and 14 adults took part in Drexel H. Foundation’s annual “Art in the Park, on Flag Day”. Not only did the park playground equipment get a brand new coat of paint, the participants got the chance to win a trophy for 1st place in 3 age divisions in a mini-mural painting competition. This is the 20th year for this event. It all starts with picking up the litter in the park, then painting the metal playground equipment, followed by games, food, the mini mural competition and ends with awards & prizes. This years participants included; Rem Steele, Jestine Jones, Braydon Jones, Jessi Jones, Ezekiel Fuson, Willow Fuson, Darin Smith, Jasmine Berry, Angela Smith, Diane Davis, Thomas Rodriguez, Zettie Rodriguez, Tristan Rodriguez, Jon Cooper, Makayla Officer, Sara Stephen, Summer Stephen, Cara Zacharias, Lia Jensen, Sam Jensen, Evy Jensen, Sara Jensen, Michael Jensen, Allison Jensen, Janice Jensen, Halie Kamenichy, Lilly Kamenicky, Ruby Johnson, Hypatia, Dane, Jenny, Mariana Gomez, Amex Gomez, Raymond Gomez, Halley Ziegele, Jeanie Murrian, Andrew McLaughlin, Sam McLaughlin, Kelsey Tolman, Dale Sanchez, George Fuson, Connie Fuson, and Sandijean Fuson.

            The First Place trophy winner for the ages 3-8 mural division was Willow Fuson. For the 9-12 division winning a first place trophy was Sara Jensen. The First Place trophy winner for ages 13 and up was Lia Jensen. The Largest trophy went to Darin Smith who won the overall Grand Prize of BEST OF SHOW. The donations by local volunteers made it possible to reward each child with a free lunch and free refreshments, as well as prizes for all the participants, so everyone left feeling like a winner.

At the event discussions about community service, gratitude to veterans who served our county, and why there is a national holiday called “Flag Day” also created a learning environment for the youth. Sandijean Fuson the President of the Drexel Foundation also acknowledged the banner sponsors Butler & Looney PC., Golden Wheele Motel, CT. Derm, Carlson Law Office, Ontario Auto Ranch, Fuson Law Office, Malheur Country Historical Society, Malheur Federal Credit Union, Jamison Produce and had information showing appreciation of this years grant support for the several Art Programs for the youth in this area. This project was supported in part with assistance from the Oregon Cultural Trust through the Malheur County Cultural Coalition Committee, Wood Family Charitable Trust Grant, and the Fred W. Fields Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation. This project was also supported in part with assistance from the Oregon Arts Commission Small Arts Organization Grant. “The Art in the Park on Flag Day program makes it possible to teach children about community service and patriotism. The immediate tangible result is the building of self esteem through the visual arts for our local youth! Many thanks to those who helped; we could not do this each year without local financial support and local volunteers! All contributions are TAX deductible because we are a 501 (c) 3, nonprofit organization.” said Sandijean Fuson the President of the Drexel Foundation. 






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