On Friday, Feb. 7, the Beta Theta Pi fraternity presented the annual event “Carroll’s Got Talent” to the JCU community. The event was held at 7 p.m. in the Kulas Auditorium, tickets were $5, and all of the proceeds benefited the Milestones Autism Organization based in Cleveland. The organization’s mission is to educate the community about the stigma surrounding Autism.
The emcee for the night, freshman Andrew Getz, provided comic relief and held the audience’s attention. In between acts, audience members were called to the stage to participate in “Minute to Win It” games.
This year’s “Carroll’s Got Talent” featured some familiar faces at JCU. Associate Professor of Economics Andrew Welki, Business Communications Professor Ann Lee and Visiting Assistant Professor in the Boler School of Business Tom Bonda made up the judging panel for the evening.
Acts of the night ranged from ukulele-playing to Irish dancing.
But, in the end, there could only be one winner.
Junior Christian Cronauer won first place by wowing the audience with his musical abilities and singing voice.
“I was just happy to be in the show and help the Betas with the Milestones project,” said Cronauer. “Carroll does have a lot talent.”
Many people made the event possible, including junior Student Union president Tim Ficke, who is a member of Beta Theta Pi.
“We have been working on this project since October,” said Ficke. “We all got together and stepped up our game a lot this year. We more than doubled our fundraising goals. Last year we raised about $800 and this year we have over $2,000. We’ve been doing this for six years now, and each year we get better and better.” In the end, Ficke stressed the true mission of the event.
“I was happy with the turnout. We raised a lot of money for our philanthropy, so that’s what is really important,” Ficke said.