Tarleton hosts drive-in talent show in support of Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation

By: Taylor Kaluza

Multimedia Journalist

On April 17, Tarleton State University will be hosting a talent show set up as a drive-in movie. Both Tarleton students and Stephenville residents are invited to participate in the event supporting the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation. Gates will open at the Tarleton Parking Lot P-20 by the football stadium at 7:30 p.m. and the show will begin at 8:00 p.m. and run until 10 p.m.

Rhiannon McLain, Amy Compean and Lauren Blasingame are all three a part of the Public Relations in Event Management (PRIEM) capstone class where they were given assignments and came up with the idea for the drive-in talent show.

“We started at the beginning of the semester and we had to meet up with the point of contact for the foundation to come up with the idea,” McLain said. “In order for us to be able to host the event on campus, we do it with an on campus organization and we ended up getting help from the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA).”

McLain also mentioned that they have been working on this project for two months and that they hope to set the precedent for drive-in.

For the talent show, tickets will be $23 per car and $10 per raffle ticket. You can invite as many people as you like and are encouraged to bring others. Those who attend the show will also have the opportunity to make a Mission Donation starting at $31 to show their support.

There will be food trucks available at the event for those who attend as well as a drive-thru set up where you can have food delivered to your parking spot. The hosts of the event does ask that everyone stays in their cars during the event in order to maintain social distancing.

When the event begins, there will be a big screen set up where they will play the acts for the show for people to watch and donate money towards. In between the various acts, there will be short segments about the foundation itself and testimonies from those who have had Crohn’s Disease or Colitis.

During the competition, there will be two categories under which the acts can participate in: The Judge’s Choice and People’s Choice. If participants want to be included in the People’s Choice, those who attend will make donations toward that specific act, which will help determine the winner of the talent show. Donations can be made through Venmo at TSU-PREM-4CC and the hosts ask that you leave a note for whoever you vote along with the balance.

All proceeds of this event will be given to the Central Texas Chapter of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation and those who participate in the event will also receive volunteer hours and prizes. If you would like to enter into the talent show, they are extending the deadline for acts to April 15. All you have to do is record your act for the show and turn it in on a USB to the campus police station.

For more information on buying tickets and the event, you can visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tarleton-talent-show-tickets-127240250013 or you can contact Rhiannon McLain at margaret.mclain@go.tarleton.edu.

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