Backyard Talent Show hopes to raise thousands more for St. Jude

By Beau Ebenezer

July 6, 2013 Updated Jul 8, 2013 at 10:31 AM CDT

MORTON, Ill. -- Children in Morton put their talents to good use Saturday night, to help other kids in need.

Four young girls from Morton started the Backyard Talent Show six years ago. That year the girls raised $300 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Since then, the show and all of its acts have helped raise a total of $58,000 for the hospital.

"It feels great especially after the first couple years you get $200, and you feel so great about it," said co-founder of the show, Isabelle Kolvek. "Then you raise $60,000, and it's just a completely different ball game. We're just really happy about it. It makes us feel good to help the kids."

"Unfortunately many kids have to go to St. Jude to get treated, and more are getting cured everyday," said St. Jude board member, Mike Joseph. "Great things happen there, and when you get kids supporting kids at St. Jude, it just makes it the best way to fund-raise."

This year's Backyard Talent Show showcased 22 different acts.

The young organizers hope to exceed last year's $19,000 total in funds for St. Jude.