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The talent is chosen

Celeste Beam | Echo Press During auditions for the Jaycees Jingle Bells Telethon Sunday afternoon, the Froemming family took the stage to perform a musical number including Joseph, 20; Mitch, 18; Ruth, 15; Faith, 13; and Elsie, 11.

The date, time and location have been set. The food has been ordered. Alumni invitations have been sent.

And now, the talent has been chosen.

The auditions for the annual Jaycees Jingle Bells Telethon took place this past weekend at Lake Geneva Christian Center. The auditions were held on a first-come, first-served basis.

Of the 65 acts that took the stage Saturday and Sunday, more than half were chosen to perform during the live telethon.

This year's Jingle Bells Telethon is slated for Saturday, December 11 from 5:30 to 11 p.m. at Lake Geneva Christian Center.

During last weekend's auditions, the acts were evaluated by five judges, who are members of the Alexandria Jaycees. In addition, there were a few more Jaycees members taking part in the selection process, including the co-chairs, Kathy Schlosser and Alicia Klimek, along with the talent chairs, Jolene Schreiner, Tawnya Lounsbery and Diane Lehn.

Each of the 40 performers selected will showcase their talent for an average of three minutes, noted Lehn.

She said this year's performances range from vocal groups to soloists; a children's choir to instrumentalists; dancers, including belly and tap; magic and more.

For information about the telethon, call (320) 834-3030 or visit the website Proceeds will benefit those in need in Douglas County and surrounding communities.