Senior Variety Show Raises $10,000 for Community

The featured photo above shows the following people receiving grants from the 2018 Senior Variety Show (from left): Casie Vance with the Ames Historical Society; Joyce Hornstein with Ballard Community Performing Arts Association; Nancy Carroll with Story County Meals on Wheels through Heartland Senior Services; and Steve Wilson with SunSmart Ames. Distributing the checks are Senior Variety Show board members Vicki Stutzman and Marilyn Johnson (right).

The 24th Annual Senior Variety Show “Simply Stellar!” proudly showcased 88 Story County performers (ages ranging from 60-94) at the Ames City Auditorium in late August.  This year’s show celebrated all things celestial including sun, moon, stars and even possible aliens! Local artist Jo Myers-Walker created a beautiful backdrop upon which falling stars and Northern Lights were projected throughout the performances.

With the help of 100 additional volunteers, ticket outlets, show sponsors, in-kind donations, and responsive audiences, the event netted over $10,000 to benefit four organizations in Story County:   the Story County Meals on Wheels Program through Heartland Senior Services; Ballard Community Performing Arts Association; Ames Historical Society; and, in keeping with this year’s theme, SunSmart Ames to encourage solar energy for our community’s future.

Following the Sunday show, many of the Senior Variety Show cast and crew gathered at CityChurch of Ames to congratulate each other and enjoy a light buffet, hosted by Altrusa International of Ames and supported financially by Ames Ford Lincoln.  

The performers and committees want to thank the Story County community for its overwhelming support of senior talent and senior projects.  A special thanks goes to the major sponsors: Bethany Life, (Premier Sponsor); Ames Ford Lincoln, Green Hills, Northcrest Community, Osher Lifetime Learning Institute, and to the Ames Convention and Visitors Bureau for its community grant.

The Senior Variety Show has now raised over $200,000 for senior projects since 1995, while visibly promoting an active, purposeful lifestyle through the performing arts.  Plans are already under way for the 25th Anniversary of the Senior Variety Show next August.

Leo Timms of Ames and Paula Sommers-Garoutte of Nevada perform a song and dance number to “Blue Moon” during the 24th Annual Senior Variety Show, “Simply Stellar!”

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