If you go
What: 20th Annual Janice Franz Talent Show
When: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16-17
Where: Wenatchee High School auditorium
One of the valley’s most well-known benefit shows starts this week on Wednesday, with over 30 acts competing to perform on Feb. 17.
The 20th Annual Janice Franz Talent Show will benefit Wendy Skalisky, a local volunteer at the Wellness Place who is currently battling breast cancer.
“For 24 years, Wendy Skalisky has been a champion for cancer patients in our region. She is an unquestionably selfless person. At Wellness Place, a regional cancer support non-profit, we refer those enduring treatments to Wendy. She schedules private appointments with patients in her salon — free of charge — where she can offer a new haircut, head shaving, or wig styling session,” said Erin Cass, executive director of Wellness Place in an a press release. “Wendy preserves dignity and has offered hope to many who have had difficulties coping with exterior changes that cancer brings.”
Skalisky received the Wellness Place Legacy Award in 2016 for her time spent helping cancer patients.
Tickets are $10 and are available online at janicefranz.com and at the door. The show will be held in the Wenatchee High School auditorium. On Wednesday and Feb. 16, over 30 performers will compete for a chance to perform on the final night of Feb. 17. Winners can receive awards including the Spirit of Janice Award, People’s Choice Award and Top Vocalist Award.
The talent show aims to raise $20,000 this year to help support Skalisky and recognize the shows 20th year. The first show was held in 1998 to benefit Janice Franz herself, a teacher at Wenatchee High School. As of 2016, the show has raised over $226,000 for community members in need.