UMFK talent show raised money, awareness
FORT KENT, Maine – Performers of all ages showcased their talents a the University of Maine at Fort Kent sixth annual talent show fundraiser on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017. Among the performers were dance troupe Circus Yoga, little girls who demonstrated astounding feats of flexibility. The girls also sang during the talent show.
UMFK student George Safonov, originally from Ukraine, entertained the audience with his freestyle beatboxing skills. Other musicians included Jennifer (Raymond) Shellhammer, with a rousing rendition of “Me and Bobby McGee”, Les Chanteurs Acadien and musician/pharmacist Charlie Ouellette. Musician Raiza Ortega demonstrated multiple skills, as she played the piano, and sang “Piano Man” by Billy Joel, while also managing the harmonica. The shows finale included more than a dozen singing ukulele players.
The UMFK alumni association hosted the event.
“I would say the talent show turned out successfully. We had a wide-range of talent that took the stage this year, and I feel we put together a fun, entertaining show,” said organizer Jennifer Parizo. “We’re pleased to take the opportunity to share the diverse talent of our local musicians and artists while fundraising for the alumni scholarship. The show also provides a tangible financial benefit for a community or campus organization selected each year.”
This year’s selection, the UMFK organization Partners for International Relief, will receive $225 or half of the money raised from talent show admission fees. Partners for International Relief is a student group which raises money for students to attend medical missions to foreign countries with populations in need.
“We are very grateful to the UMFK Alumni Association for their continued support of UMFK PIR,” said PIR President Duane Belanger. “Their thoughtfulness will assist students in sharing the good will that Fort Kent is known for on future missions to underserved areas of the world.”
The remainder of the $450 raised at the talent show will benefit the Alumni Association Scholarship Fund.
The following acts participated in the sixth annual UMFK talent show: Rapture, Circus Yoga Dance Group, Charlie Ouellette, Jennifer (Raymond) Shellhammer, Jana Nadeau, Raiza Ortega, Georgii (George) Safonov, Circus Yoga Singers, Shannon Fillebrown, Joseph Davis and Danielle Leblanc, Les Chanteurs Acadian, and Fort Kent Ukulele Singers.
Caryn Cleveland-Short served as the mistress of ceremony.