Monday, February 23, 2009

Fabulous February Follies - 2009

Once again, it was time for the CYF’s biggest fundraiser for their workcamp trip this summer in Sullivan, Illinois.  An awful lot of time and energy goes into this annual production, but the results are well worth the efforts!

This year our theme was Kingsway’s Got Talent – and boy did it!


Setup is always a humongous task.  It takes a lot to turn an empty gym

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into a studio

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and back to an empty gym – all within 48 hours. 

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But then again, these kids can do anything…Sure, there were several breaks, snack times, and lots and lots of table moving, but they got it done.

To go with the theme there was the judge’s table:

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The judge’s “X” boards:

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Table decorations:

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Chairs to be put out (lots of chairs):

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Ginger Haynes and her kitchen crew worked hard on the food.  Appetizers on the tables, lasagna in the oven, and my favorite, glazed bananas over ice cream.  The youth groups served dinner to the guests at their tables.

Rick began the show, sharing with the audience what this fundraiser is about, how workcamp changes these kids, and how grateful we are that Kingsway is so supportive of the youth.

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Emily was an excellent emcee!

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First on stage – Grant and Jessica, backed by the Disciples Band, and followed up with an interview by Emily. 


Next was Lauren singing a sweet song. 

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Up next?  Bill “Thinks He’s Funny” White.  What did the judges think?  Not a single “X” and the judges had a hard time talking to him because they were laughing so hard.

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Babe & The Geezers surprised us all by whipping out their kazoos during the last half of the song.  Here’s the Babe…

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Next up – another babe – Katelyn.  PK (preacher’s kid) or not, she stole the show.  I mean, who would not fall in love with this..

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After a brief intermission, Stan and the Disciples Band worked the crowd.  They even drew “groupies” to the front of the stage.

Anne, Barbara, and Stan brought their unique act to the stage.  Barbara may have to be the next Church Council secretary with her mad typing skills (not to mention her posh red shoes)!  She didn’t seem to be the least bit deterred by the judges’ thoughts.

Bill shared the stage with Stan.

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And then with his beautiful daughter, Lucy.

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And every year, A visitor from the East arrives.  This year was no exception.  Please say hello to the Great Haynak.

Our last act of the night was Paul Scott and the Disciples Band.  Oh my word – when was the last time you saw someone dress like this in church?  Yowza, yowza Ms. Connie!

And while the show is being held on the stage, another “show” is happening in the corner of the gym.

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To round out the evening, we drew for the fantastic door prizes…

As it turns out Sam won the portable DVD player.

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Imagine the surprise (see Lucy’s face?) when he drew…

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And it’s over. 

The crowd makes their way home.

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And siblings of the youth are tired and ready for bed.

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We are eternally grateful to Kingsway for their support of the CYF and the kids’ ministry to work on the homes of others in need.  It is at workcamp these kids focus on their faith, fellowship, service, and fun.  Without Kingsway, it would not be possible.  God Bless!

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