12 Kiwanis talent nightAs a community, Fayetteville offers a variety of artistic outlets for its youth – dance schools, theaters, musical organizations and more. Every year, the Kiwanis Club of Fayetteville hosts an event that lets these young performers share their talents with the community. The Kiwanis Club of Fayetteville presents its 67th Kiwanis Talent Night Saturday, June 9, at 7 p.m. at Cape Fear Regional Theatre.

“The Fayetteville Kiwanis Club has used this particular event not only to give children a chance to perform, but also to raise money for the other children/community-related events they support throughout the year,” said Bill Bowman, chairman of the production committee. “The Fayetteville Kiwanis Club has 33 different committees, which is more committees than some clubs have members, and each one of them participates in helping this community and recognizes the potential of children.”

The event will feature special guest appearances. The Fayetteville Dogwood Festival Queens will share insightful messages with the students. Jeremy Ruiz, magician, will perform magical acts.

“The money that we are raising actually goes back to the children to help them pursue whatever their endeavor is,” said Bowman. “Right now, the entire show will have about 26 participants in all four categories, which are K-2, 3-5, middle and high school.”

The overall showcase winner will receive a trophy and $200. The first-place winner in each division will receive a trophy and $100; the second place winner in each division will receive a trophy and $50; and the third-place winner in each division will receive a trophy and $25. Four $150 music scholarships will be awarded for voice, strings, piano and band instrument.

“The music scholarships will allow the student to go to the camp of their choice,” said Bowman. “We leave the scholarships open so they can apply the scholarship to whatever camp they choose to attend during the summer.”

Bowman added the music scholarships are sponsored by Rocket Fizz and Wendy’s restaurants. The businesses helped promote the program through all of their stores. The Kiwanis Club worked with Cumberland County Schools to contact art, music and dance teachers to get the word out about the talent showcase.

“What makes this event exciting is that we have had children like Grady Bowman, Brooke McLaurin and Victoria Huggins start with the Kiwanis Talent Night and (go) on to do really great things,” said Bowman. “We look forward to this event and hope the public turns out to see these remarkable children.”

Tickets cost $8 at the door. For more information, call 910-391-3859.

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