Showcase your talents for a good cause at 39th annual Heart and Cancer Telethon

By Caitlin Bittner
 
Over the years, many area residents have been able to enjoy quality local entertainment from the comfort of their own homes thanks to the annual Heart and Cancer Telethon.

“It features a variety of music, singing, dancing, poetry readings and lots of other performances,” said Tom Nelson, who hosts to the event.

If you’ve got a talent you’d like to share, the event organizers want to know! Whether it’s a performance featuring only yourself or a big group of people, the telethon is the place to strut your stuff. “This is a great opportunity for people to showcase their talents and help raise money and awareness about a good cause,” noted Nelson. “It’s really nice to see talent come forward and each year we’re looking for new acts to go along with our old favorites.”

As host, Nelson has been a staple of the show for years, but then again, so have some of the acts. “The Ding-A-Lings have been the anchor of the show for 38 years,” Nelson added.

One of his favorite things to see is the people who have grown up performing on the show. To Nelson, it is people like Autumn Kivi and April Tesar who he remembers best. “[Autumn]’s been performing since maybe first grade or preschool. She’s very talented. And I was April’s teacher at B.A. Kennedy when she started singing, but now she’s all grown up and has a family. I love seeing people from the past come back again and again,” said Nelson.

The Prairie du Chien High School also provides its share of talented young groups. “We always close with the vocal jazz group and the wrestlers do ‘Push-ups for Pennies,’” Nelson said.

The event will air live from Bluff View Intermediate School auditorium on channel 6 on Saturday, Jan. 25, from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Sunday Jan. 26.

If you would like to be a part of the fun and share a talent, contact Ruth Taylor at (608) 326-9069 or Cathie Nelson at (608) 326-8602.

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