Auditions set for benefit talent show

By Arwyn Rice
Peninsula Daily News

PORT ANGELES — Auditions are planned next week for the fourth annual Port Angeles High School Benefit Talent Show.

The show will provide money for medical expenses to the family of Liz Romero, who died of a brain tumor in December.

Auditions, which are open to the public, will be conducted from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. next Monday and Tuesday as well as Jan. 30 and Feb. 1 at the Port Angeles High School Performing Arts Center at 304 E. Park Ave.

The talent show will be at 7 p.m. Feb. 23 at the high school center and will include a silent auction beginning at 6:15 p.m.

Tickets for the show will be sold at the door the night of the show only.

The cost of tickets is $8 per adult, $5 per student, and $20 for a family of four.

In past years, the talent show has drawn acts from all ages and experience levels in the North Olympic Peninsula.

The 2012 talent show winner was Port Angeles 13-year-old Sharona Klahn, who sang KT Tunstall’s song, “Black Horse and the Cherry Tree.”

The annual talent show is a fundraiser spearheaded by the Port Angeles High School leadership class to help an area family in need.

To choose the recipient, each of the 30 students in the class nominated a person in the community experiencing financial difficulties, usually because of a medical condition.

Class members then voted for the person they feel could benefit the most from the help.

In November, the leadership class selected Liz Romero and her family as the beneficiaries of the 2013 talent show.

Romero died Dec. 15, after a three-year battle with an aggressive brain tumor called a glioblastoma multiforme. She was 60.

“She was diagnosed in 2010 so, as you can imagine, there are still many medical bills to be paid,” said Rachael Ward, leadership class advisor at Port Angeles High School.

Romero was born in 1952 in Montreal, Quebec, and moved to Port Angeles in 1960 with her family.

She is survived by five children, each of whom graduated from PAHS: Sean Romero in 1995; Kari Romero in 1997, Stacy Romero in 2003, Todd Romero in 2004 and Danny Romero in 2009.

In the 2010 inaugural talent show, $12,000 was raised for Tammy Goodwin.

Goodwin died March 14, 2010, at the age of 47 after a long battle with a sarcoma, a cancer of the soft tissue.

In the show’s second year, Cornerstone Tabernacle pastor Kevin Jones received $3,800 after suffering an aneurism because of a genetic heart condition.

The show raised $3,800 to help the family, and Jones and his family have since moved from the area.

The 2012 event raised more than $9,000 to help cancer survivor Camille Frazier, a Port Angeles para-educator.

Frazier currently is undergoing cutting-edge treatments to fight metastasized breast cancer and said she plans to attend this year’s show.

“I’m doing well,” Frazier said Sunday.

All proceeds from the show are donated to the designated recipient.

Expenses are paid by the Associated Student Body general fund, money that is raised by the students themselves, and is not reimbursed.

For more information on the show, or to donate to the silent auction, phone Ward at 360-565-1529 or email her at rward@portangeles
schools.org.

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Reporter Arwyn Rice can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5070, or at arwyn.rice@peninsuladailynews.com.

Last modified: January 21. 2013 6:38PM
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