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March 4, 2013

‘The Duster’ delivers a variety of entertainment and raises funds for St. Joseph County United Way

The Duster

‘The Duster’, a Three Rivers Health Variety Show, delivered lots of entertainment to an enthusiastic audience Saturday evening (March 2) in the Three Rivers Middle School auditorium.

Jared Hoffmaster (left), a member of the Three Rivers City Commission, and Garrett Hall, a member of the Three Rivers Health Authority Board, served as Masters of Ceremony for ‘The Duster’.  (Click on photo to enlarge)

The show, a fundraiser for the St. Joseph County United Way, was preceded by a pancake dinner in the cafeteria.

The two-hour show was produced and presented by Three Rivers Health employees.

The evening also offered attendees a chance to learn about a number of the 42 agencies that receive support from the United Way.  Many of those agencies were on hand with displays set up in the hallway outside the auditorium and cafeteria.

A Children’s Dancing Group from the Russian Orthodox Church added color and zest by performing a traditional Gypsy dance.

In the course of wrap-up activity on stage, Director Luke Parsons said, “We’re just short of $2,000 tonight,” a reference to the fundraising yield for the event – an amount that was supplemented by attendees as they voted with money for their favorite acts as they greeted the performers following the show.

NEW INFORMATION ADDED 3/5/13:  Show Director Luke Parsons has an update regarding ‘The Duster’:  “We have cleared $3,000.  The generosity of everybody there was unbelievable!”

The accompanying photos provide some glimpses of ‘The Duster’, an early event in a series of fundraising projects that will take place during the United Way’s ‘Campaign 2014’. The recently completed ‘Campaign 2013′ exceeded its goal and generated $735,689.

To view the printed program for ‘The Duster’, click here.

‘Elvis’ was not only in the house, but on stage – courtesy of Dr. Andre Oulai.  (Click on photo to enlarge)

Many of the agencies supported by the St. Joseph County United Way set up displays in the hallway to share information about their programs and services.


Attendees had an opportunity to vote for their favorites by depositing cash in cans as they greeted performers after the show.

One Comment

  1. Luke Parsons

    Thanks Bruce,
    Everybody had a good time. The generosity of everybody was really remarkable. Thanks for covering the event.


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