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May 14, 2008 > Centerville's Got Talent

Centerville's Got Talent

By Maya J. Pope-Chappell
Photos By Marc Dinh

As budget cuts continue to ravage California schools, the Centerville community is making strides to save the music. Business leaders and community residents involved in The Centerville Business and Community Association (CBCA) will sponsor "Centerville's Got Talent," a fundraising event supporting music programs at local Jr. High and High Schools. Featuring the musical talents of students at Washington High School, American High School, Thornton Jr. High School, and Centerville Jr. High School, performers will showcase a range of musical styles from jazz to pop, concert band to choir.

"There is a lack of funding to Jr. High and High schools and CBCA sees itself as a way to help out and continue music education," said Marc Dinh, president of CBCA. "We want to lend a helping hand to teachers and let them know that the community cares."

Each school will perform for a half day, selling items such as refreshments, beverages, and t-shirts at booths. Proceeds from the event will go directly to participating school music program.

Kurt Kellersberger, a music teacher at Centerville Jr. High School says the money he receives from the school district for instrument repairs and purchases is simply not enough. This leaves an overwhelming task of fundraising in addition to fulfilling the responsibilities of a teacher.

"Stuff like this helps financially because it's really time consuming to take time out of instruction to (fundraise)," said Kellersberger. "It's nice to be approached by an organization like CBCA, taking the initiative to set this up and do all the planning. The work is fairly minimal on my part which is nice."

Community businesses have been very responsive in their support of the event. Among those contributing monetary and prizes are Vintaco Incorporated, Pacific National Bank, and the Bernadin Family McDonalds in Fremont. Ric Serianni, Marketing Manager of Dale Hardware, another supporter of the event, says he is excited about being a sponsor. "In my 28 years with Dale Hardware, it's been about taking care of the community (because) everyone benefits from being supportive of these things," said Serianni. "We have a soft spot for kids and education." Kellersberger notes that this event is a chance for the community to see what Centerville schools have to offer. "For a lot of (students), it's a chance to be expressive and enjoy themselves. The community can see musically and artistically what's going on and not see these schools as just a place to take classes, but [see the] art and creativity we have here; a place to come for enjoyment and personal enrichment." Serianni agreed. "There is incredible talent here in the community that people aren't aware of. We hope the community comes out for this. Centerville's in for a cool little treat."

Centerville's Got Talent
Saturday, May 17
Sunday, May 18
10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Bill Ball Plaza
(next to Centerville Train Depot)
37260 Fremont Blvd., Fremont
(510) 828-2269

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