The seats were full right to the top to watch this year’s Child Development Centre Talent Show at the North Peace Cultural Centre on March 3.
It was so hard to get a seat, eager audience members craned their necks for a look and to listen through the back doors of the theatre as 22 groups young and old performed and raised funds throughout the evening.
An estimated $77,000 was raised for the CDC’s “Raising The Roof” campaign, which will replace a roof on an older section of the centre that houses its Hydrotherapy Pool and Family Play and Learn and Special Services programs.
“The evening was such a wonderful success,” said Executive Director Tana Millner. “Thanks to a fabulous line up of performers and guests, a dedicated group of volunteers, and an amazingly supporting and caring community.”
There were lots of great moments during the show, from the honouring of Sherry McDonald, one of the several mothers who first got the CDC going 50 years ago in 1973, to performances by the Playcare class singing It’s Us Who Builds Community, Lily Stretch playing a unique rendition of Iris by the Goo Goo Dolls on her ukulele, and young Braxton LaClaire playing his saxophone and acoustic guitar after raising $1,080.