All talent invited to be part of this year’s Eagles Heart and Cancer Telethon

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By Correne Martin

Local talent has been the anchor of the Eagles Heart and Cancer Telethon in Prairie du Chien for more than four decades. Many of the gigs are the kind of entertainment viewers have come to expect from year to year. And that’s what makes the telethon momentous.

The 2016 telethon will take place at Bluff View School on Saturday, Jan. 30, from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Live audience members can view the fun and excitement in person, or it is available on the Prairie du Chien Mediacom channel or online at Organizers would love for residents to consider sharing their talents, no matter the variety.

“We’re always looking for something new and exciting,” Host and committee member Tom Nelson said. “We need to generate new ideas to keep moving forward.”

But, of course, it wouldn’t be the telethon without the regulars: the Dingalings, the high school show choir, Autumn Kivi singing the Star Spangled Banner, the Boy Scouts opening with the Pledge of Allegiance, Morris Corlett, Gretchen Faulkner, Ruth Taylor and countless others.

“The telethon is there to entertain people with local talent,” Nelson continued. “We’ve been doing this for 41 years now. People turn the telethon on because they don’t want to miss out (on the regular performers). Then, as emcees, Tom and Natalie (Stram), Dan Moris, and I bring to the show a spontaneity that makes it what it is.”

New plans are in the works for this year’s show. You can be part of the live, on-set talent by contacting the organizers and offering to share your skills. To do so, contact the Eagles Club at 326-6012, Ruth Taylor at 326-9069 or Cathie Nelson at 326-8602.

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