ENFIELD - Singers, dancers, and musicians were all in attendance Friday night showcasing their talents as part of a benefit for a summer camp fund, founded in honor of a fallen army veteran. The youth performed not only in honor of him, but also to help make a future dream that much closer.
Though a sixth grader sang about tomorrow, from Annie, it was the talent that had many showing up Friday night for a show that helps benefit a summer camp fund.
"It helps send kids to an academic, sports, visual performing arts, conservation or bible camp of their choice," Dee House, a Gold Start Mother of Joel A. House, says.
The Joel A. House Fund was established in 2007 in memory of a Lee Academy graduate, and fallen veteran of the U.S. Army.
Each year Joel's family, founders of the non-profit House in the Woods, helps send over 50 Maine children to their preferred camp.
"Kids have the dream and we try to help connect them with coaches, teachers, mentors, choreographers, or whatever it is that they like to do," House adds.
"I've been raising money to go to an Orono basketball camp," John Farrington, a pianist, says. "It's an honor to be here and it's a lot of fun."
Contestants participated in three skill levels for cash scholarship prizes with a noteworthy judging panel to critique.
"There is so much talent," Casey Bonville, Miss Maine Collegiate 2014, says. "It's incredible that these kids have the confidence and courage to get up on stage."
But it's the message and results from this summer camp fund that organizers want the state of Maine to remember when it comes to children.
"Not only does this keep our son's memory alive, but it also gives them an opportunity in life that could make a difference as they grow up," Paul House, a Gold Star father to Joel A. House, says.
A difference that could eventually put these youth on a national stage.
Applications are being accepted for summer camp scholarships. Deadline is May 30.
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