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2018 Talent Show Winners

And the Winners Are? Drexel Foundations 22nd 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 beautiful1914 Rex Theater, the oldest theater in Oregon. This Free annual event was a pinnacle to “August Art Camp” week put on by the Drexel H. Foundation. The show was a huge success, and approx. 100 people enjoyed this great family fun event to end the summer. There were 28 individual contestants, 24 acts, some performing more than once with others in groups or other age categories. The first place winner in each age category went home with $100.00 cash, a huge trophy and lots of cool prizes. The Second & Third place winners also received trophies & gift certificates. Everyone who performed received a big sack of prizes with over a $50-$100 value. Everyone went home a winner!
    The youth 4-11 category winner receiving $100.00 cash and a 1st place trophy was Isabella Movaga, 2nd place was Brianna Thomas & 3rd place was Hypatia Rounds. The other talented youth participates included acts by: Cynder & Taven Dionne-Cloud, Jasmine Berry, Lizzy Corona, McKenna Thomas & Lily Jones, Payton Thomas & Tyson Jones, Harmony Dionne-Cloud , McKenna Thomas, Taven, Cynder & Harmony Dionne-Cloud, and Brianna Thomas & Gabby Rathbun. The Gold Sponsor for this category was Malheur Federal Credit Union. In the 12-14 category receiving a $100.00 cash prize and a big 1st place trophy was Ella Draper, 2nd place went to Darin Smith. The Gold Sponsor for this category was Luzettas Flowers. In the 15-19 category the 1st place winner was Sophie & Sylvia Draper, and 2nd place went to Japheth Carlson. The Gold Sponsor was Malheur Country Historical Society. In the Adult category the 1st place winner was Dusty Rose, 2nd place went to Brandon O’Brien and 3rd was Angela Smith. The other adult participants included Jessica Fuson & Ryan Hall, Santana Braniff, and Devin Smith. The Gold Sponsor was Butler & Looney PC. The competition was real tough!  
Acknowledgement to the sponsors who have support the various events, & restoration efforts was made throughout the evening. Before the awards to the contestants, Sandijean Fuson, President of the Drexel Foundation, honored the 34 wonderful volunteers who were listed in the program for helping with Art Camp, and the talent show week. There were over 30-50 kids participating in Art Camp each day in addition to the valuable volunteer helpers. Special recognition was made about Sandra Tolman’s 25 years  of  service as a board member, volunteer helping with events and as one who goes “above and beyond in her volunteer efforts to make the Drexel Foundation Great”. Acknowledgment was given to all volunteers throughout the year for their impact to this community. “without them, there would be no us”! said Sandijean Fuson . The Drexel Foundation’s motto “of your own personal strength you can accomplish anything” has helped many follow their dreams” said Fuson.  
At its inception, the goal of The Drexel Foundation was to create an art center in the Grand Opera House and later in the Vale Hotel, thus, providing a building for the community to enjoy cultural events. “Accomplishment of this goal is getting closer. Every year we fill a need for the youth in this area to be exposed to cultural/artist events for FREE which breaks down financial barriers & brings our community closer, as artistic talent is everywhere!” said Fuson.   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 stating: “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 have put on many great events and encourage community involvement.” 
More FREE events are coming this summer. The upcoming Film Program Sept 5  & 22rd, which includes a FREE Crash Course in Film Sept. 5 at 6:00pm and the Children’s Film Festival & Film-makers Competition  “for kids by kids, and with kids in mind” held on Sept. 22rd  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 deadline for free entries into the film festival is September 16th, late entries there is a $20 entry fee and will be accepted until Sept. 20th. The annual Raffle for the prize of your choice of Wildhorse Casino get away, Ballet Idaho tickets, or a karaoke machine was kicked off with the tickets sold at $5 each.  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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Photo credit : Kelsey Tolman 
Winners of 2018  talent show left to right: Ella Draper, Sylvia Draper, Angela Smith, Hypatia Rounds,  Brandon O’Brien, Dusty Rose, Sandijean Fuson, Isabella Movaga, Brianna Thomas, Darin Smith, and Japheth Carlson. (not pictured Sophie Draper)


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