March 1, 2010

Foothill DECA Hosts “Live Out Loud” Talent Show


On February 16th, Foothill DECA presented the “Live Out Loud” Charity Talent Show. Hosted by Allie Raaker and Lauren Knuppe (above), the talent show featured many acts from Foothill and neighboring schools. The night also included a silent auction in which several amazing gift baskets were auctioned off to the audience, in addition to a raffle.   Thanks to sponsors such as Thriving Ink, located in downtown Pleasanton, Foothill DECA was able to raise more than $3500 to aid victims of the earthquake.
Many talented students put on a spectacular show featuring 20 acts, ranging from Bhangra dancing to piano compilations to a cappella singing. After everyone had performed, the entertainers were given 2 minutes to take donations from the crowd.  While all of the participants were fantastic, the three who raised the most money were given First, Second, and Third Place awards. First Place went to Arianne Olarig from Foothill for her amazing singing and guitar playing. Second Place went to Jessica Sin from Foothill for an exotic Tahitian dance. Third place went to Mia and David from DHS for their performance of a Lady Gaga compilation.  The crowd was amazed at the variety of talents present at our local schools.
Thanks to the performers, sponsors, and the audience, Foothill DECA donated a substantial amount to the Haitian disaster and raised awareness as well.  The recent earthquake killed over 200,000 people, injured over 300,000, and has left one million Haitians homeless. Understanding the DECA principles of leadership and civic consciousness, Foothill DECA students acted quickly to support the recovery effort. Further donations can be made to the American Red Cross, and all donations are tax-deductible and will go directly to helping Haitian relief efforts

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