HERMISTON - The Bob Noack Hermiston Variety Show is back, continuing its tradition of showcasing local talent and raising funding for hospice.

The fund-raising event was founded, and is organized each year, by Betty Noack in memory of her late husband, Bob. The proceeds from the event this year will go toward a memorial fountain commemorating hospice on the campus of Good Shepherd Medical Center.

"I have been meeting with hospice and the hospital," Noack said. "We have the plans, but more money is needed."

The water fountain will feature four basalt columns in a circular basin area. The columns represent faith, hope, serenity and the large center column represents hospice.

"We want the sound of water going into water," Noack said.

When Bob was facing his final days in the hospital, Noack and her family spent their days by his side.

"I would have given anything to have a fountain to go to instead of standing in the halls with tears running down my face, and the nurses running back and forth. That fountain would have been an ideal place to have gone to. The sound of water is so soothing."

To help Noack reach her fund-raising goals, nine acts will perform.

The eighth-annual variety show will feature "old" musicals, but will also include the balancing act of Brian Gale of Umatilla.

Bob Swoboda will play "76 Trombones" from "The Music Man," on his trombone.

Todd Ash and his barbershop quartet will also perform music from "The Music Man."

Marie Rose and Renee Eppenbach of 98% Angels will sing "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair," from the musical "South Pacific."

Kiona Elkins and Antonio Cavillo, freshmen at Hermiston High School will take the stage performing "I Can Dance," from "The King and I" in full costume.

Laura Trapp will perform "Castle on a Cloud" from "Les Miserables" and "Think of Me" from the "Phantom of the Opera."

The Rev. Lon Sitton, music pastor of Grace Baptist Church, and Mark Douglas will take the stage singing and playing for the event.

The grand finale will be performed by the Living Faith Worship Band. The 11-member band, under the direction of vocalist Jonna Kopta, consists of a full range of musical talent. The band includes two pianos, drums, percussion, base guitar, acoustic guitar and electric guitar along with lead and back up vocalists. The band will perform two numbers, "Go Do Something Beautiful" and "Friend of God."


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