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Free talent show to empower those in Bloomington



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"The War of the Worlds" was performed at the Waldron Arts Center on Aug. 18, 2017. “Help a Hoosier,” a talent show meant to empower those who struggle with homelessness, addiction or mental illness, will take place Nov. 16 at the John Waldron Arts Center. Courtesy Photo Buy Photos

“Help a Hoosier,” a talent show meant to empower those who struggle with homelessness, addiction or mental illness, will take place Nov. 16 at the John Waldron Arts Center.

The event is open to all community members. Braden Wallen, a man who experienced homelessness and has since found a home, obtained his high school diploma and became a full-time worker at Cook Medical, will be the sound and light technician for the event.

The “Help a Hoosier” event was created by Ivana Fox. Fox is a student in human services at Ivy Tech, as well as a student in psychology at IU.

“In 2016, I discovered so many talented individuals experiencing homelessness, addiction and/or mental illness,” Fox said in a letter to the Indiana Daily Student. “I decided to create an event meant to empower them through music and arts.”

Performances at the event will include music, storytelling and comedy, and ages for performers this year range from 6 to 83. The event received an anonymous donation for the performers, volunteers and talent-show winners.

The event will begin at 7 p.m. and is admission is free.

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