Six talented acts are set to perform at the third annual Beams and Dreams talent show, where they’ll be vying for a $500 prize — and helping to raise money for Habitat for Humanity along the way.
The annual event is an “America’s Got Talent”-style event, where a variety of different performers will take the stage, hoping to be selected as the winner by feedback from both an audience and judges.
This year’s event is scheduled for April 6 at the Fremont Golf Club, from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
All of the money raised during the event, coordinated by co-chairs Mary Glowacki and Erica Martinez and others, goes back to Habitat for Humanity.
“We call it Beams and Dreams because obviously beams is building,” Glowacki said. “Dreams is the dreams of the contestants who are performing for us on stage — it’s kind of fun for them — but it’s an added bonus to us and to them … that they get to do something good for our community and build hope for families in need.”
The event evolved from a previous event known as the Mr. Habitat Pageant, which featured a talent portion for contestants. When organizers found that people really enjoyed that talent portion, they decided to evolve it into a general talent show.
Each year, the show features a wide variety of performances.
“It’s all over the board, basically any age,” Martinez said during an interview in September, when they had just started doing auditions. “We’ve had karate, we’ve had comedians, we’ve had singers. We’re looking for any kind of talent.”
This year’s show will be no different, consisting of a harpist, a comedian, a few singers, an a capella group and a dance act.
Kim Meyer of Omaha will be playing the harp. Meyer is a skilled harpist who performs at weddings and other events and plays a variety of different types of music.
Dylan Rohde of the Backline Comedy Theatre in Omaha will be performing a comedic act that will incorporate elements of rap.
A group of three Fremont High School dance team members has joined forces to create MGM Dancers, which will perform a routine to music.
A quartet of Fremont High School boys has formed “The Banter Boys,” an a capella group that will be performing for the event.
Trey Mendlik, a Midland University student who recently performed in the school’s production of “Newsies” and who is an experienced theatrical performer will be performing a musical number.
And Abbie Sukut, a mother of two, will be performing a musical act as “the Musikal Mommie.”
Guests can make donations of at least $5 in the name of their favorite performer, and the amount of money raised by each performer will account for two-thirds of the vote in selecting the winner. The other third will be decided by judges who will give each performer a score. The winner takes home $500.
Also at this year’s event, brothers Trino and Jose Nuño, whose family was the first homeowners to receive help from Habitat for Humanity, will be speaking about their experiences, and how Habitat enabled them to find success in life.
There will also be a silent auction, as well as a “Habitat Boutique,” which will feature wares from the Habitat for Humanity Homestore.
This year’s event will also feature a “small but mighty” live auction for the first time. Among the prizes is a Goldendoodle puppy — the same type of dog featured in the recent movie “A Star Is Born.”
“It’s just adorable,” Glowacki said.
To attend the event, individual tickets cost $65 each, though that will go up to $75 after March 15. In addition, area businesses or organizations can be event sponsors for $2,500 or corporate sponsors for $1,500. It costs $625 to be a table sponsor, but that will go up to $700 after March 15.
All of the money goes to the Fremont Area Habitat for Humanity, which utilizes volunteer labor and donations to build affordable housing for families who would otherwise be unable to purchase a house on their own.
“‘Beams and Dreams’ really encompasses a lot,” Glowacki said. “Dreams for our stars and, certainly, dreams for our families.”
To purchase tickets, you can go to www.fremonthabitat.org or call the Fremont Area Habitat for Humanity at (402) 721-8771.