Community talent show to benefit those in need

PERU - A talent show will feature music and fun, while also raising money for those in need.

It is the second year, in which Peru Community Church is sponsoring a talent show that will bring aid to the Peru Food Shelf.

"Especially in January, [because] they don't get a lot of donations," said Rod Driscoll, a member of the PCC Arts Council Committee who helps coordinate the event.

Driscoll plays several instruments himself, one being the bouzouki, and will also be performing at the event.

The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday Jan. 8, at the Peru Fellowship Center. Last year, the talent show showcased a dozen performers and the church was able to raise $375 for the food shelf.

This year, admission is to bring a "free-will" monetary donation or non-perishable food item. Those who attend can also partake in the raffling of a handmade quilt to benefit the food shelf. The Peru Youth Group will also be selling refreshments at the show to raise money for a trip to Washington, D.C. The group intends on going to Washington to work in a soup kitchen feeding the homeless, Driscoll said.

"It's a fun night. It's a nice atmosphere," Driscoll said. "Last year, we had a real variety."

The past event featured several performances including a comedy act, jazz choir and barber shop groups, he said. Approximately 100 people showed up to support the cause.

"It's good to get the community out and have some fun," said Driscoll.

Those interested in performing this year should sign up in advance, said Driscoll.

"We want people to sign up, although we have taken people at the last minute," he said.

Driscoll encourages people interested in participating to contact him at 643-2735 or Carla Brassord 643-9402 for more information.

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