Ames Town and Country Kiwanis Give Senior Show Support

Ames Town and Country Kiwanis recently awarded the Senior Variety Show with a $300 grant to help with the annual show’s fundraising pursuits.  The 25th Annual Senior Variety Show, “Celebrating Silver, Creating Gold!” will be presented in August at Ames City Auditorium and its net proceeds support local senior programs and projects.

Betty Boccella from the show’s 25th Anniversary Committee shared an overview of the past 24 years at an April club meeting.  Boccella had the original idea for a senior performance back in 1995. Since then hundreds of volunteers and performers have come forth to make the show an August community tradition.  The show now has raised over $200,000 for local senior projects with a total of 525 performers gracing its stage.

Joining in the Kiwanis program that day were performers Alice Thompson with her accompanist Carol Deppe; and singers Paula Sommers-Garoutte and Leo Timms.  Thompson has been with the senior show all 24 years; Sommers and Timms were newcomers last year. All are planning on being in the 25th anniversary show in August.

Ames Town and Country Kiwanis Club has supported the Senior Variety Show since 1997, first as ushers and in more recent years with grant support.


Leo Timms of Ames and Paula Sommers-Garoutte of Nevada sing and dance to their show number from last year. Both plan to have solos in the upcoming senior show.


Alice Thompson of Ames shares a sneak preview of her act for the upcoming 25th Senior Variety Show in August. Thompson has been in all of the senior shows since 1995 and is its oldest member at 95 years young.

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