Variety show to fulfill locals’ desire to help in Haiti

Juli Jacobson organizes a variety show with performances by Mesa State College alumni, students and community members. The Sunday event’s proceeds will go to the American Red Cross Haiti Relief Fund.

Juli Jacobson said she cries every day while watching televised news reports of hungry and injured people struggling to return to normalcy in earthquake-ravaged Haiti.

But Jacobson grew weary of feeling hopeless and decided to do something about it.

The local performer has banded with other performers to produce a variety-show fundraiser and a silent auction Sunday night to raise money for a relief fund.

“I thought, ‘What can I do?’ ” Jacobson said. “I’m not a firefighter. I’m not a police officer. I can’t physically go to Haiti. I’m an artist, so I’m trying to incorporate my talent to help.”

The variety show Sunday night will feature dancing, singing and performances by comedians.

Silent-auction items include jewelry, gift certificates to local businesses, gym memberships and hotel stays, among other items.

The show starts at 7 p.m. in the recital hall inside the Moss Performing Arts Center on the campus of Mesa State College. The performance is expected to be a 90-minute production.

The event is free to the public, and all proceeds and donations from the event will benefit the American Red Cross Haiti Relief Fund.

Numerous performers have stepped forward to donate their talents for the show, Jacobson said.

Grand Junction has seen a number of local theaters close down in the past couple years, but many of those performers are still around.

“There is no opportunity for performers to get on stage,” she said. “We have all this talent just waiting in the wings.”


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