VAN WERT — Ohio Has Talent takes the stage Saturday at Niswonger Performing Arts Center.
This is the 10th year for the fundraiser for Community Health Professionals’ Patient Care Fund.
“That fund is used to offset costs that may occur that a patient may not be able to pay for. That patient care fund makes up that difference so that we can continue and not have to turn anyone away. It’s very important and very dear to our heart,” said Kim Mason, event organizer. “I always stress to the contestants, you know they’re getting to do this fun event , but they don’t know down the road who they’re helping.”
There are 17 performances this year at Ohio Has Talent.
“We have a younger rock band, solo dancer, dance duet, piano duet, violinist, several vocalists, vocalists being backed up by bands, we have a rapper — so a wide variety,” said Mason.
The audience participates in judging. Every ticket sold gets one ballot to vote.
“There are three judges up onstage. They’re more just for comedy relief. After each performance, they come over to the judges and we ask a few questions so they can speak to the audience. It gives them a few minutes to connect to the audience,” said Mason.
After the performance Saturday night, Mason will put the acts up on YouTube.
“People now get to see what we’re looking for. So we get stronger and stronger contestants each year. It amazes me where they all come from,” said Mason.
With it being a decade in, there have been numerous success stories such as a girl recently signed to a record deal in California, another performing in Nashville and another woman is now an actress in Hollywood.
“I’m so excited. The past winners have submitted little videos that we’re putting clips together — like where they’re at now and what they’ve done since then — so that’s going to be fun to see. And some of them are going to be there Saturday night also,” said Mason.
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