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Student groups to host talent show for charity

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Two New Albany High School groups have organized a talent show that will raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

"Our goal is to cheer up New Albany students and to make sure everybody knows they are special," said Juli Sasaki, a high school senior and co-president of the National Honor Society.

The Spring Jam and Talent Fest is scheduled from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 12, at the high school's mini theater, 7600 Fodor Road. Tickets are $5 in advance and $6 the day of the show.

Sasaki said the event was hosted annually by the high school's American music club.

This year, the National Honor Society partnered with the club to create a larger show that includes more than just bands.

"It's open to any students who want to perform," Sasaki said.

Students can sign up at after-school meetings April 4 and 10 at the high school.

Sasaki said the two groups chose the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society as the beneficiary because of the charity's Pennies for Patients program, which encourages students to save their change and donate it to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. According to the society's website, Pennies for Patients has raised more than $1 million since 1994.

Students will collect spare change this week and next week.

Sasaki said on April 12, students can pay a $1 to wear a hat to school and a raffle for prizes donated by local businesses is scheduled during the Spring Jam and Talent Fest.

"We were really surprised when we went to local businesses that they were interested in helping us out," Sasaki said. "Nazareth donated $100 in gift certificates, and so did a bunch of other places like Noodles and Co., Panda Bear Express and Eagles Villa Pizza."

Sasaki said the event will feature food and other activities.

"We're really excited because Steak Escape will have a food truck outside and we'll have a little fun thing where you can pay maybe $5 to hit a teacher with a pie or hit a National Honor Society member with a pie in the face," she said.

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