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Tribune file photo -- The second annual Rotary's Got Talent! event will be held at John Ascuaga's Nugget on Saturday, March 23. The show will feature musical acts with a splash of laughter and benefits the Rotary Club of Reno Midtown, which specializes in youth leadership.
Tribune file photo -- The second annual Rotary's Got Talent! event will be held at John Ascuaga's Nugget on Saturday, March 23. The show will feature musical acts with a splash of laughter and benefits the Rotary Club of Reno Midtown, which specializes in youth leadership.
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SPARKS -- Every talent show has the contestant who was mocked and laughed at incessantly throughout a performance. Those performances, however, can be the memorable ones talked about in the break room for weeks.

The Rotary Club of Reno Midtown, in conjunction with the Rotary Clubs of Reno and Sparks, is embracing the laugh-worthy performances and placing them among the talent-filled portions as the clubs prepare for the second annual Rotary’s Got Talent! (Or Not) event at John Ascuaga’s Nugget. On its surface, the fundraising event will bring rotarians from each Rotary Club to the stage to show off their various talents. But on a deeper level the show provides a major collaboration among the Rotary Clubs and gives the Reno Midtown club a chance to shine.

“Last year’s event was a great success,” Rotary Club of Reno Midtown President Shauna Morris said. “It was wonderful to have a forum in which all rotarians from our area could participate and support each other’s theatrical bravery. The level of talent was surprising and we are all really looking forward to this year’s show.”

Reno Midtown, which specializes in youth leadership, is taking a majority of the reins from last year’s event sponsor the Sparks Rotary Club. Sparks rotarian Vicky Owens said the event’s previous success should help bring light to the new sponsor while bringing some great entertainment.

“It’s definitely a joint effort from all of the rotaries and we are happy to assist (Reno Midtown) and help them get their name out there,” Owens said Tuesday. “I saw the auditions for the Sparks Rotary and I know people are going to see some great talent and some great musicians.”

Owens said hosting the event at the Nugget brings an added bonus given the Ascuaga family’s tenure in the Sparks Rotary, adding that the two have a “true partnership.” The event will also feature an entertainment-savvy panel of judges including Whitney Myer, Mel Shields and Ross Mitchell.

Lisa Jansen, special events manager at the Nugget, said the show will bring a perfect fusion of laughter and talent suitable for everybody. She said the addition of ‘or not’ to the end of the event name will only make for an even more entertaining show.

“People can expect to see some really talented rotarians who have some great voices and are really talented,” Jansen said, “And then they can also expect to see some people who won’t be talented at all, but they will be very funny. We love to make fun of ourselves and for it to be part of the show, it is really a good time.”

Jansen is a member of the Reno Rotary and, because of her position at the Nugget, has been highly involved in the planning stages, much of which involves spreading the word. She said she sprung for some Facebook advertising out of her own pocket trying to reach even more Rotarians and added that being on both sides of the operations brings an added joy to the planning side.

“It’s so fun,” she said. “I absolutely love that I get to work on something that is one of my hobbies, which is Rotary, and then I also get to represent the Nugget and make things happen. And it is cool because I get to put my own special touch on it and try to make it bigger.”

When asked about the relationship the Nugget has formed with the Rotary Club of Sparks, Jansen said a community centric club like Rotary goes hand-in-hand with the goals of the Nugget.

“It’s like our Nugget culture,” she said. “When you go down deep into the roots of it John Ascuaga is a long-time Rotarian and in the Sparks Rotary Club. The rotary club motto is service above self, so it is all about being a business person but being involved in your community and the Nugget does that. Everywhere you go we are helping sponsor events and feeding the homeless and doing those types of things that really help the community.”

Rotary’s Got Talent! will be held in the Celebrity Showroom at John Ascuaga’s Nugget on Saturday, March 23. Doors (and cash bar) open at 6:30 p.m. and the show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person, with VIP tickets available for $35. This event is open to the public and tickets are available online at www.janugget.com.

Though the event brings a large number of Rotary Club members in, that is not its only intended audience. Jansen said the range is wide open when it comes to who will enjoy themselves.

“A lot of people think it is just for Rotarians and that only Rotarians will enjoy it, it’s not,” Jansen said. “It’s hilarious. It is just people you don’t know but they are doing funny things and singing and dancing and entertainment for anybody. I think that is one of the biggest messages. It is a community event for everybody.”
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