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Empty Stocking Fund receives a boost from talent show

Music lovers of all ages gathered in the Middle/High School Commons Wednesday evening for the 91st annual Empty Stocking Fund Talent Telethon. According to Empty Stocking Fund Talent General Chairman Kelly Wong the event has raised $13,996 in donations and pledges. KWAD Radio broadcast the talent show. Dave Peters photo1 / 7
Hannah Dosdall belted out "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" in Wednesday's 91st Annual Empty Stocking Fund Talent Telethon at the Wadena-Deer Creek Middle/High School Commons. David Peters photo2 / 7
Susan Kreklau and her ukelele accompanied Simon Kreklau in a rendition of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas." Dave Peters photo3 / 7
Guitarist Leah Davis sang "Joy to the World" with piano accompaniment from her husband, Kyle, during the 91st annual Empty Stocking Fund Talent Telethon. Dave Peters photo4 / 7
Steven Anderson directed the Wadena Area Community Band in "Christmas Prism" and "Joy to the World" in Wednesday's Talent Telethon. Dave Peters photo5 / 7
"Carol of the Bells" was played on the piano by Noah Ross with an assist from Julia Whynott. Dave Peters photo6 / 7
The combined choirs of St. John Lutheran, St. Ann's Catholic, Immanuel Lutheran, United Methodist and First Congregationsal Church of Christ performed "Peace, Peace" under the direction of Deb Haraldson. Dave Peters photo7 / 7

The 91st annual Empty Stocking Fund Talent Telethon was held Wednesday evening at the Wadena-Deer Creek Middle/High School Commons.

General Chairman Kelly Wong was thrilled with the $13,996 in donations and pledges collected and the contributions of more than 30 singing and musical acts.

"We were very happy," Wong said. "With the weather so nice we had a good turnout."

The telethon was carried on KWAD Radio.

Diane Peters served as the Empty Stocking Fund Talent Chairman. Mike Ortmann served as the WDC Music Teacher and Talent Assistant.

Among the performers were Ortmann, Val Schmitz, Leah and Kyle Davis, Linda Bobst. Emma Taggart, Cyndi and Kaleah Miller, Kristen Peterson, Marilyn Twete, Hannah Dosdall, Jane Emerson, Eric Roggenkamp, Corey Tackmann, Grace Gallant, Simon and Susan Kreklau, Nicholas Johnson, Noah Ross, Emma Bushinger, Suzanne Moe, Deana Malone, Kim Harrington, Kaylin Lupkes, Cooper Folkestad, Lisa Weniger, Robert Segovia, Kate Schmidt, Ellie Miron, Dennis Rounds, Lisa Winter, Suzanne Moe, Alex Moe, Dan Pape, Maggie Carlson, Pastor Mark Bateson, Deb Haraldson, Amelia Crossen, Ingrid Stinar, Sharon Kempf Hanna Larson, Marilyn Uselman, Kathy Harrison, the Wadena Jazz Band, the Wadena Community Band, Northern Lights Chorale and the choirs of St. John Lutheran, St. Ann's Catholic, Immanuel Lutheran, United Methodist and First Congregational Church of Christ. Directors included Weniger, Haraldson, Gary Stennis, Steven Anderson.

Pastor Allen Refsland of the Wadena Assembly of God Church delivered the invocation.

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