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Local artists win big for MOD

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Local artists win big for MOD
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Leader photo by BRIANA ARRINGTON - Clockwise: Photo 1: Artists competed in the “Ruston’s Got Talent” talent show and fundraiser Thursday night. The overall winner for the evening was Hannah McNew, pictured, for her Broadway-style rendition of “Show Off.” Photo 2: Singer WIlliam Dinh gave a harrowing rendition of “Old Man River” in a bass vibrato during the division two performances. Dinh’s was the only bass performance of the night. Photo 3: The Hockenjos family began the talent show three years ago after the March of Dimes supported twins Annabelle and Cadence were born 27 weeks premature. Callie Hockenjos (left) sang a tune from Disney’s “Frozen” while Cindy, Callie’s mom, hosted the event. Photo 4: First place winners in all three divisions were, from left, Lindy and Spencer Smith, Hannah McNew (also overall winner) and Chanley Patterson. Proceeds for the event went to the March of Dimes. Photo 5: Leader photos by BRIANA ARRINGTON Cedar Creek student Sarah Katherine McCallum won second place in her division with the song “A Change in Me.”

Lincoln Parish residents enjoyed local talent for a good cause Thursday night at the Dixie Center for the Arts in downtown Ruston for the annual “Ruston’s Got Talent” variety show and fundraiser for the March of Dimes.

The event was hosted by Cindy Hockenjos, founder of the show and grandmother to twins who were assisted by MOD at birth. She said she believes her granddaughters would not be alive today had it not been for the foundation’s support.

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