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Perform on Kinsmen Telemiracle 40!
Kinsmen Telemiracle is looking for Saskatchewan singers, dancers, bands, and entertainers to audition for a chance to perform on Telemiracle 40 to be held March 5 and 6, 2016 in Regina, and broadcast live on CTV.
“Audition weekend is such an exciting time for us. We continue to be impressed every year at the incredible talent from across the province.” says Jody Diakow, the Kinsmen Foundation’s Executive Director. “Between Saskatoon and Regina, our producers watch over 200 performances on the Audition weekend. They always have a tough job to narrow that down to around 50 that will ultimately be on the show.”
While talent is one part of the criteria, a passion for Telemiracle, the desire to help others, and a geographic balance among performers are other factors involved in the selection of entertainers that will be on the show. Producer Ian Roach says, “Telemiracle is a coming together of the Saskatchewan community to raise funds for people with special needs. This year, Telemiracle 40 represents a milestone for the telethon. Our Saskatchewan performers have always been a significant part of the show and we look to celebrate this anniversary in every corner of the province.”
Anyone interested in auditioning for Telemiracle must apply to the Kinsmen Telemiracle office to be registered. Auditions will be held on November 7 in Regina and November 8 in Saskatoon. Please call Debra at (306) 244-6400, extension 2, to register.
This afternoon, live on Telemiracle 39, Bob McGrath announced this year’s telethon will mark his last Telemiracle appearance. He made the announcement shortly after 1pm.
Mr. McGrath expressed he has been in show business a long time and at this point in his life, he wants to spend time with his wife Anne.
Bob McGrath was one of the original cast members of Telemiracle 1. He has appeared on 38 of the 39 annual telethons. Best known for his role as Bob on Sesame Street, Mr. McGrath has become a part of the fabric of Saskatchewan. Several generations in this province not only know Bob from Sesame Street but as Bob from Telemiracle.
“We’ll miss him and the generosity he has shown Saskatchewan,” remarked Joan Steckhan, Executive Director of Kinsmen Telemiracle. She went on to remark, “We understand why Bob has made this decision. It is a long standing tradition in the Kin world that family always comes first.”
Bob McGrath has helped Kinsmen Telemiracle raise over 105 million dollars in the 39 years it has broadcast the annual telethon.
Telemiracle 40 will be a coming together of all the great people and gifts that have been given since the start of Telemiracle in 1977. For those who have had their lives touched and want to share your story and say thank you, we will be collecting your stories until December 2015. We will be sharing some stories over the coming months and telling them on Telemiracle 40. Please go to www.mytelemiraclestory.com and send in your submission.
On November 14, the Kinsmen Foundation recognized Sarcan as their Honoured Supporter for 2014! We were incredibly happy to attend the luncheon with members from Sarcan, where they were presented with their Honoured Supporter plaque.
SARCAN Recycling provides environmental protection, employment creation and economic development through a network for recycling beverage containers, paint and electronics. In 2004, SARCAN embarked on a new fundraising programme and chose Kinsmen Telemiracle as the recipient. The intention was to raise funds while encouraging milk container recycling. Over time, fundraising efforts included selling “Helping Hands”, holding raffles and creating of a fun and exciting environment around fundraising for Telemiracle. The special nature of this relationship is SARCAN employs people with disabilities, the very group of people Telemiracle was founded to help. Over the last 10 years, SARCAN Recycling has raised $459,238, We thank them for the ongoing efforts and enthusiasm, working with the Kinsmen Foundation to continue, “Helping People Every Day”.
The line-up of Sasaktchewan Talent for Telemiracle 39 was announced on December 5, 2014. We are excited about the terrific display of talent that we have this year, and we are sure you will enjoy the fun and variety that our Saskatchewan performers will bring to the show! Click here for a complete listing of our performers.
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