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  • Talent show benefits Little Falls Rotary scholarship fund

  • When Larry Sargeant first became a member of the local Rotary club, he felt its scholarship fund could be giving more money to students graduating from Little Falls High School.

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  • When Larry Sargeant first became a member of the local Rotary club, he felt its scholarship fund could be giving more money to students graduating from Little Falls High School.

    Sargeant, who teaches 10th-grade English at Little Falls High School, decided to start an event to raise more money, and with that, the Little Falls Has Talent show was born.
    Now, going on its 18th year, Little Falls Has Talent raises $2,000 to give out in $500 installments.
    “When I first became a member of the Rotary, at the time the Rotary was providing an annual scholarship of $500 that usually was given to two or three students,” Sargeant said. “That didn’t seem to be much value to anyone … so I came up with the idea for this show as a fundraiser specifically for this scholarship fund.”
    This year’s show, titled “A Night to Remember,” will take place at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 27 at Benton Hall Auditorium in Little Falls. Tickets are $7, and $5 for students.
    John Scarano, the master of ceremonies for the evening, said the show is a great program.
    “First of all, it’s a great cause and well worth the money,” Scarano said. “We have an assembly of talents from Little Falls and surrounding areas who are all very, very good,”
    There will be more that 15 acts. The lineup includes Anna and Mary McEvoy, dancing to a ballet number; Dylan Evans, a singer and guitar player; The Dixie Landers, a vocalist group; Buffy Sue Baez and Dave Bladek, folk singers; and Mary Puznowski, a singer. Acts range from high school aged students to adults.
    One of the talents is Chancy Tancredi, a singer who has recorded several albums during his 50-year musical career. He will be performing a Bobby Darin tribute.
    “I like Bobby Darin’s music, and I think it appeals to a broad spectrum, both young and old,” the 68-year-old singer said. “He was an upbeat entertainer and that’s the kind of music I like to do.”
    Sargeant said all of the performers are “outstanding” and feels this year will be another success.
    “The show has been extremely successful in the past and has helped fund our scholarship program; also it is really compatible with the Rotary, which is about ‘service before self,’” said Sargeant. “This is an opportunity to benefit the community and fellow citizens.” 
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