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ISU Student-Athletes Raise $1,000 at `Hardly Normal' Talent Show

April 11, 2013

NORMAL, Ill. - Last Thursday, the Illinois State Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) hosted the first-annual `Hardly Normal' SAAC Talent Show at Redbird Arena. Admission to the event was free, but donations were accepted to benefit The Baby Fold. SAAC set a first-year goal of $1,000 dollars, which they reached and recently delivered a check to the organization.

The two-hour event included an act from every Redbird team, except three. If coaches participated in the skit, a team was given five additional points to its total. The skits were judged by a panel made up of Julie Payne, a representative from The Baby Fold, Dean Janet Krejci from the Mennonite College of Nursing, NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative Dr. Jeri Beggs, Aaron Von Qualen, the student representative on the University Board of Trustees, and student senator Natalie Richardson.

After the judges deliberation, the swimming and diving team took first place, while soccer finished second followed by women's basketball. The top-three teams were separated by three total points.

The donations from the event benefited The Baby Fold in Normal, Ill. The Baby Fold was born out of one woman's desire to care for others and originally started in 1902 by Nancy Mason. The faith-based orphanage for infants and young children has grown in to a multi-service agency, specializing in the care of today's most vulnerable children. They focus on improving the lives of children and families by building safe, loving, healthy environments through adoption services, foster care, residential care, special education and family and community services.

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