MOMS GOT TALENT AUCTION FUNDRAISER
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The FABC's fundraiser auction MOMS GOT TALENT, with the help and support of the UAS community, closed its books with enough raised to contribute to the Philippines relief fund started at school, as well as to cover the cost of the Mosaic bench planned for the school.
In a setting of glowing paper lanterns leading the way to our shiny new MPH, the evening was attended by exactly 201 people as reported by our student volunteer greeters. Jennifer Stockbridge's idea to download a "people counter app" on one of their smartphones worked beautifully!
31 moms participated with 114 handmade creations that ranged from baked goods and catered dinners to gorgeous paintings and delicate crafts. Out of the 114 items on display, we were able to sell 78. Another 9 moms contributed with delicious treats for the concessions table that contributed towards the profit of the night
The stage opened with a group of traveling Chinese monks and a stunning Kung Fu act. Thanks to Donna Misslitz, the group was able to fit us in their performing schedule.
Teachers and staff, though, were definitely the stars of the show. Jacob Elmquist stood in for Billy Crystal to MC the evening with charm. Asha Lynch did wonders with coordinating sound, light and program and still found time to perform an expressive and skilled dance act and an Abbot & Costello routine with Jacob Elmquist. Brilliant Zac Rush started and ended the
show by wowing the crowd with an unforgettable rendition of Andrea Bocelli's "Prayer" and closing the evening by leading a group of teachers, Donna Misslitz, Jen Stockbridge, Katie Schuessler, Angie Pino, Emma Gordon, Scott Terry, Jonathan Bushnell, Judy Fincham, Genna Debnam, and Asha Lynch, in a FABC spoof version of "Do You Hear the People Sing" from Les Miserables. Genna Debnam's stage presence and truly beautiful voice were a treat and her accompanist on guitar, Jonathan Bushnell also shone in his duets with Scott Terry on guitar and vocals. With Scott's songs the audience was taken on a journey from blues USA to land in Mexico with Angela Pino's amazing rendition of the Mariacci song "Volver". Emma Gordon serenaded us back to the US with a piano version of "wonderful world". She also played Bach's prelude.
The evening was so culturally diverse even elves made an appearance. With Santa hats a-jumping, Syma Merchant and Leah Fisher gave us our first Christmas treat of the season in the form of a hip hop carol dance routine. But the real stars of the show were, as always, the Filipino dance talents from UAS. Jennifer Santorio treated us with a professional caliber dance routine accompanied by her talented two sons, and our Filipino flash mob dancers again proved that they could "shake it up" like no one can with incredibly well synced choreography and unmatched stage energy.
Our wonderful security and support staff kept everything running smoothly, as usual from behind the scenes, and Dr. Brandt called in a donation from 7,000 miles away!
The evening could not have gone better. Thanks to the collective commitment of all involved, the FABC was able to stay true to its mission of promoting the arts throughout the UAS community with a successful and fun event.
Now for that Mosaic Bench…
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