ELKHART — With the help of some talented friends, more than 275 people helped raise $30,000 Friday, Aug. 9, at the Lerner Theatre for Bashor Children’s Home, and donations are still rolling in.
For the third year, Elkhart County Has Talent raised money for Bashor, a non-profit organization that helps troubled kids and their families by offering residential care, alternative education and foster care, among other services.
The Trinity Methodist Men’s Quartet opened the evening, and last year’s talent show winner, the Fab Five, made an appearance, performing a medley from “Jersey Boys.” The talent show was modeled after the popular TV show “America’s Got Talent,” but instead of a panel of celebrity judges, the audience at the fundraiser voted with donations.
Of the eight acts that competed, the top fundraiser was the Fiercesome Foursome. Jane Santerre, Addison Housand, Mandy Meserve and Jessica DuBois sang “I’m a Big Girl Now” from the Tony Award-winning musical “Hairspray.” The group will return to perform at next year’s fundraiser.
“They are very top notch, talented young women, so they’re going to go far,” said Marcia Eppers, a member of Bashor’s board of directors and event organizer.
Bashor Children’s Home works with kids ages 5 to 19 years old, serving close to 150 children daily.
“These are kids that really need a lot of care, and the staff out there doesn’t do it for the pay,” Eppers said. “They do it because they love kids, and they want to turn these children back around so they can become a valuable part of society.”