Kiwanis set show to benefit scholarship; deadline nears |

Kiwanis set show to benefit scholarship; deadline nears

by Merrie Leininger

A memorial scholarship set up in honor of Kiwanis member Gene Zimmerman, who died this September in a car accident in Utah, is taking the form of a prize for the winner of talent show.

The Kiwanis Club will be putting on the Stars of Tomorrow talent show for 9th through 12th graders enrolled in Douglas County schools or home school.

The coordinator of the event, Ann Delahay, said it seemed like a perfect way to bring a talent show to the Valley and to honor Zimmerman.

“When Gene was killed, we decided we wanted to create a scholarship in his memory,” Delahay said. “He used to sing in a barbershop quartet in California and he sang in the Methodist Church choir. He enjoyed things like that. It seemed to be fitting to combine the scholarship with music and performing arts.”

Kiwanis President Lynn Frueh said the club unanimously decided to combine the talent show with the scholarship to honor Zimmerman.

He was a member of the club for five years and the whole club loved him, as did anyone who knew him, Frueh said.

“He was Mister Sunshine, always had a smile on his face,” Frueh said. “Just two months ago, I called the storage company that Kiwanis rents from, Gene always handled it and the gal did not know he had died. She was in shock. But she said she always expected he would have a smile on his face whenever she saw him.”

He said he hoped many community teen-agers will try out for the talent show.

“We encourage those interested to try out and participate. It’s a wonderful event, and of course a wonderful opportunity,” he said.

Delahay said the Kiwanis clubs in Colorado, where she used to live, all put on talent shows, then the winners went on to a district show. She hopes this show will expand and spread so the winners will get more, she said.

“This year it is $500, but hopefully we will do it every year and build up a fund and make it bigger,” she said.

The second-place winner will get something, though. Carson Valley Medical Center has volunteered to be a co-sponsor. Delahay said they are still looking for another sponsor to provide a prize for the third place winner.

Delahay said they are hoping to have a small prize for all the contestants and are looking for gift certificates from area businesses for that.

Delahay said she is excited about the contest because the shows in Colorado turned up hidden talents in the students.

“In Glenwood, we found an awful lot of talent in students that they don’t have the outlets to express. The calls we have gotten already are from people who play piano and violin, and even one person plays the oboe. A lot of that is not seen a lot. If a student is not in the marching band or the choir, a lot of that talent is not seen.”

Kiwanis members will pick 12-15 acts from all those that fill out applications through auditions for the show.

Judges for the show are still being picked. Those who have committed so far are Frank Kistler, General Director of the Nevada Opera Association and Elaine Bianchi, voice and piano teacher of Carson City.

She is looking outside the Carson Valley for three other judges, she said.

Chris Murphy of Channel 2 News has agreed to be the master of ceremonies.

The students who apply must be amateur performers and must commit to the March 19 dress rehearsal and March 20 showtime.

Participants can be solo acts or groups of up to four people plus an accompanyist. Acts can include vocal or instrumental music, dancing and dramatic presentations.

The winner will not receive the scholarship until after they are enrolled in a four year college or trade school after high school.

Applicants must have permission from their parents. The application deadline is Feb. 15. For more information, call Ann Delahay at 267-9675.

The Kiwanis Club is also participating in an art contest that will include categories for fine arts, drawing and painting, pottery, photography and graphic arts. The winners will be announced during the talent show and the winners will be on display in the community.

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