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Talent Show A Benefit for HopeNow Furniture Bank

May 1, 2014

Talent Show signA cast of top local talent was featured at the All-Knox County Talent Show on Saturday, April 26 at Mount Vernon’s historic Memorial Theater. This benefit show for HopeNow Furniture Bank of Knox County was produced by Right Brain Productions and featured 28 acts ranging from music to magic to dance. Jerry Scott, well-known local auctioneer, emceed the entire show of more than two hours. Some 400 ticket-holders attended the event.

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The performers included Ella Ackert (vocal); Harmony Brothers (Duane Barber and Jeff Putnam); Megan, Leslie, and Christine Bell (a capella trio); Jimmy Burcham (magic); Ashley Burke and Megan Campbell(young soloists); Cliff Davis(piano); Transformers (Ben Delph, Calvin Bethea, and Dakota Shock in dance); Nathan Dinnen (piano); Greta, Ingrid and Clara Dombirer (vocal trio); Orion Fowler (mystical dancing globes); Sarah Goslee-Reed (guitar/vocal); Heritage Singers (14 voice a capella); Karly Jacklin (young soloist); Katie Johns (high school soloist); Choraliers (choir of youth voices); Courtney Melick (dance); Luna Moreland (soloist); Nicole Paradis (tap dancing); Nicole Paradis and Sue Marcotte (dancing); Stew Peckham (jazz piano); Danielle Rebon (piano); Marshall Smith and Chris Goldner (percussion); and Larry Splain (a capella soloist).

Talent Show signThe event opened with a video on HopeNow Furniture Bank produced for this event, followed by the singing of the National Anthem by Megan Campbell and the Bell sisters, and closed with the choral number “One World” with all the younger voices combined. An added feature of the show was an auction (Chair-ity Auction) of two locally sponsored chairs. One was sponsored and signed by Mayor Mavis and painted by Patti Coates. The second was a Director’s Chair sponsored by MTV Arts and included four tickets to each of the upcoming shows, The Crucible and Shrek, The Musical, along with a backstage tour of the Shrek production. Auction of these chairs raised an additional several hundred dollars.

Talent Show signIt is hoped that this will be an annual fund-raising event for the organization. Enthusiastic feedback by attendees following the show suggested its strong appeal and promise for a return showing next year. Among responses were: “This was a wonderful show!” “What amazing talent!”

2014 Starts With Wonderful Mattress Donation

March 2, 2014

Mattress Donation2014 began with a boost to HopeNow Furniture Bank (HNFB) through a generous donation of 10 new full size and 10 queen size mattresses and box springs. HNFB is grateful to Connell’s Home Furnishings along with an anonymous donor. Connell’s has been a longtime and faithful contributor to HNFB.

2013 – Year In Review

February 27, 2014

Thanks to several corporate donors and many generous individuals, HopeNow FB was able to give out more than twice as many twin-size mattresses in 2013 than in 2012, (181 / 88) and more than half again as many dressers / chests of drawers. (72 / 46). Thanks to Mount Vernon Nazarene University, 38 sets of bunk bed frames were donated and distributed.

Each family served by HopeNow Furniture Bank receives an average of 5 pieces of furniture along with a box or two of bedding and kitchen items. The amount of furniture and household goods given out by HNFB in 2012 was equal to approximately 12 semi-trailer loads or one semi-trailer load per month. This is furniture that is “recycled” into the local community rather than going to a landfill. Since we are open only two days a week, that means that a semi-trailer load of furniture is going to needy families about once every eight days.

in calendar 2013, both the number of donors and the number of clients increased by nearly 25%. While the amount of furniture given out in some specific catagories was down from last year, over all, the total number of pieces distributed was up 35% from the previous year. In 2012, there were 264 clients and 321 donors; in 2013, there were 321 clients and 396 donors. The number of families served per month averaged about 26.7 in 2013.

HopeNow Furniture Bank has a new Website

January 31, 2014

HopeNow WebsiteAfter several months of careful thought and collecting information and pictures, HopeNow Furniture Bank is excited to announce the launching of its new website – Knox County residents can visit the website to learn more about the mission and work in the community, find opportunities to volunteer and be involved, discover how to donate furniture to assist families in need, or understand the process for how to get free furniture in troubling times. We encourage you to check the website frequently, as news articles and stories of interest will be added periodically.

April 26 – Spring Talent Show

January 31, 2014
Our 2014 Spring Talent Show will be on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 7:30pm at the Memorial Theatre, 112 E High St, Mt Vernon, Ohio, 43050. We hope you will join us for the wonderful evening of fun and laughter, to support HopeNow Furniture Bank and those in need of furniture assistance in Knox County.

March 22 – Spring Talent Show Auditions

January 30, 2014

Auditions for our 2014 Spring Talent Show fundraiser will be held on Saturday, March 22 at 10:00am, at the Memorial Theatre. Those interested in auditioning for the show should schedule an audition time by calling 740-393-2355.

If you would like to audition, please note the following:

Talent:   We are looking for a wide variety of quality artistic presentations. Our goal is to create a show with a good mix of different types of talent. In an effort to put together a two-hour presentation we will invite 25 performing units. They may range from opera to country solos, contemporary to classic music, small group to large group ensembles, comedy to serious theater sketches, instrumental solos to bands, dancing to magic, juggling to yo-yoing or any special skill you may have.

Presentation:   We will be looking for specific aspects of everyone’s audition. They include, but not limited to:
    •   Craft/Skill Ability
            >   Clarity, Diction, Intonation (If applicable)
    •   Stage Presence
            >   Energy, Excitement, “Having Fun”
    •   Ability to Engage the audience
            >   Eye Contact, Facial Expression, Body Language

We hope that you seriously consider this opportunity and begin working on your specific talent or ability that can “WOW” the Knox County Community…AND support HopeNow Furniture Bank to help our Knox County neighbors in need.