Story by Courtney Fishman
Performance for a cause is the goal of the Residence Hall Association’s (RHA) annual Drake’s Got Talent event.
The talent competition held at Pomerantz Stage tomorrow at 7 p.m. helps raise money for Amanda the Panda, a non-profit organization that aids children with parents who died in the military.
The proceeds for Amanda the Panda are raised through donations. Audience members are encouraged to vote for their favorite act by putting change in the individual’s container. The performers with the most change have the opportunity to advance to the second round of the competition.
The non-profit organization is selected yearly, and Service Chair Brennan Haymond wanted to pick a local organization, said Shelby Derrick, programming chair of RHA.
“They didn’t raise as much money as they expected last year, and we’re hoping to change that,” Derrick said.
Whitney Hanson, vice president of Stalnaker Hall and member of the RHA programming board, is looking forward to the event.
“It’s a tradition, and we’ve been planning it since September,” Hanson said. “It should be a fun way to spend your Friday night.”
Derrick agreed with Hanson. She encouraged students to come and see the talent fellow classmates have to offer.
“I’ve seen about half the acts, and I’m really excited about them,” Derrick said. “There’s some great spoken word, and singers. Probably something I’m most excited about this year is that last year’s winter ‘Culture Clash,’ a dance group will perform before we announce the winners.”
Sixteen students will participate tomorrow with a range of acts including a yo-yo performance, spoken words poetry and various music acts.
Derrick said to look out for Ryan Wikerchen’s performance.
“He’s reciting the original 151 Pokémon from memory, and it’s a really funny act,” Derrick said.
Drake’s Got Talent is one of the Residence Hall Association’s largest events of the year. The other main event that RHA plans is siblings weekend.
The event is free to the public, and the first 50 students also get a free T-shirt.
“It’s just going to be a fun event for people to go to,” Hanson said. “There will be some interesting acts, and it’s a free event. There will be free T-shirts, dessert, hot chocolate and apple cider too.”
Derrick echoed Hanson’s sentiments.
“It’s going to be so much fun,” Derrick said. “Students can get a taste for all of the talent that’s on Drake’s campus.”