NEK benefit fundraiser talent search registration open now

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NEWPORT — We all know that the NEK’s got talent, but Joshua House Inc. is having a benefit fundraiser to see people prove it.

There will be two local events this winter to both showcase local talent and raise funds for this important local non-profit.

The local talent search will kick off on Tuesday, December 17, at the Dancing Sail Event Room at the Eastside at 6:00 p.m. with a buffet and a cash bar.

Judges will choose the contestants who will go on to the talent show, which will be held at the Municipal Building on Saturday, February 8, 2020.

This search event is for ages 16 to 106.

There will be another search event in January for ages 5 to 15.

The talent show in February will be giving away cash prizes, with 1st prize coming in at $300.

Examples of acts for the talent show are people who are not being paid for their talent; people who juggle, do impersonations, card tricks, or have a chicken that plays the piano, is a comedian or an old person that has a funny way of reading jokes, and groups of friends that have something only they can do.

Organizers say the benefit is all about fun, with examples of acts for the talent show including but not limited to juggling, impersonations, card tricks, maybe even a chicken that plays the piano.

Joshua House Inc. is a local nonprofit Christian organization, which helps to prevent homelessness by providing services to people from all walks of life, faiths, and non-faith backgrounds in northern Vermont.

As a privately funded organization founded in Irasburg in 1996, it receives no federal or state funds.

All support for those in need comes from ongoing fundraisers, caring individuals, businesses, and other non-profits.

Tickets are available through, at Madame Archetypes Panopole and The Eastside Restaurant & Pub in Newport, and Hearth & Home Country Store in Island Pond.

Audition information/applications are available where tickets are sold, and/or by contacting Sunny Naughton at

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