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Christmas Benefit Show in Pahrump raises $4,400

It was a magical night of entertainment for those attending the 28th Annual Christmas Benefit Show, hosted by the Nevada Silver Tappers.

The yearly fundraiser brought a host of talent from across the Pahrump Valley, spanning generations from tiny tots to senior performers, all off whom gave their audience plenty to admire over the hour-and-a-half-long show.

With a huge, sold-out crowd packed into the Saddle West Showroom on Saturday, Dec. 8, the 28th Annual Christmas Benefit Show was able to bring in a total of $4,400. The proceeds were earmarked to be split between two valuable community programs, the Pahrump Senior Center’s Meals on Wheels program and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #10054 veterans’ food pantry.

Nevada Silver Tappers founder B.J. Hetrick-Irwin said she was delighted to have the opportunity to assist such wonderful local organizations and declared the event to be a resounding success.

Master of Ceremonies for this year’s benefit was Debbie Walsh, who welcomed patrons before Pete Gaszy gave the invocation. Taking to the stage that afternoon was a wide array of acts, including the ladies of the Nevada Silver Tappers and that organization’s sister group, Ms. Senior Golden Years USA.

2018 Ms. Senior Golden Years Queen Teri Rogers had the honor of starting the show off with the lighting of the Christmas tree and the performances that followed swept the audience into a wonderland of music, lyrics and dance routines.

One of the aspects of the evening that Hetrick-Irwin was most enthusiastic about was the youngsters that were taking part in the show for the very first time. Always in search of new talent to entertain the masses that regularly attend the Christmas Benefit Show, Hetrick-Irwin said she was more than pleased to have the budding performers from Donna’s Dance Studio and the Nevada Dance Centre taking the spotlight.

Donna’s Dance Studio’s Mini Hip-Hop group trooped onto the stage to perform to the holiday classic, “Jingle Bells” and their sweet, young faces inspired smiles as well as rousing applause. The Pre-Ballet Dancers from Donna’s Dance Studio won over the crowd with their adorable cuteness too as they pranced around the stage to the tune “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” Capping the routines from Donna’s Dance Studio was its Beginning Tap Class, which delighted attendees with a dance to “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas.”

Three young ladies from the Nevada Dance Centre dazzled the crowd with their own solo routines and it was clear each was already a highly-accomplished dancer with skills that can captivate almost any audience. Natalie Minor performed to “New York, New York” while Paris Gerlach selected “Je Suis Malade” and her sister danced to “Ain’t Misbehavin’.”

They held the rapt attention of attendees as they agilely leapt through the air, swirled and spun across the stage, their movements lithe and graceful and their faces suffused with joy.

Other performers included newly elected Pahrump Justice of the Peace Lisa Chamlee, another first-timer at the Christmas Benefit Show, as well as returning talents Bill Watson and Johnny V. Linda Groover and her ventriloquist doll named Angel as well as Autum Casterline added to the variety and special recognition was given to MaRia Apodaca-Shady and Kim Cornell-Lyle for their choreography of two of the Nevada Silver Tappers’ performances that evening.

“I am extremely proud of all of the acts that came to perform for us and of course, I cannot thank my girls with the Silver Tappers and the Ms. Senior Golden Years enough. They are always so wonderful and they did such a fantastic job,” Hetrick-Irwin enthused after all was said and done. “Thank you to everyone who made this such a wonderful success, we couldn’t do this without all of you!”

For more information on the Nevada Silver Tappers email slvrtpr@gmail.com or call 775-727-7011.

Contact reporter Robin Hebrock at rhebrock@pvtimes.com

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