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Karaoke Night To Support Local Resident

November 14, 2017
by Dan Voigt , Emmetsburg News

by Dan Voigt

Wouldn't it be a dream come true for a 15-year old Emmetsburg High School Freshman to be able to tour seven European countries next Summer?

It isn't a dream it's a reality for Tatum Iverson, the daughter of Renee and Shannon Iverson of Emmetsburg. Back in April of this year, Tatum received an invitation to become a member of the Iowa Ambassadors of Music, a group of select vocalists who will tour Europe in July of 2018. Iverson was nominated for the group by former Emmetsburg High School Vocal Music Director Luke Miller.

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When Tatum and her family first received the invitation letter from IAM on a Saturday morning in early April, there were lots of tears and excitement in the household, and a thought that it couldn't be real. But, along with the invitation letter, an itinerary of the European tour listed the group's performances and sightseeing stops in England, France, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria, Italy and Germany, taking place over a 16-day period in July of 2018.

Music has always played a huge role in Tatum's life. Being very active in vocal and instrumental music, Tatum has earned countless honors for her musical talents. Her natural talent has been manifested by her selection as Little Miss Shamrock, the Little Lassie and in March of this year, she earned the title of Irish Miss. As a member of the Emmetsburg Middle School Show Choir "Evolution", Tatum was named the Outstanding Female Soloist in the Middle School Division of the 2016 Westwood Jubilation Show Choir Festival in Sloan. She has also been selected for Honor Band and Opus Honor Choir through her Middle School music career and recently auditioned for the Iowa All State Chorus.

"We got that letter and we both knew right away that we didn't want Tatum to miss out on a fantastic opportunity," noted Renee Iverson. "But at first, Tatum had some worries about this trip being too big for her because she'd never been on such a long trip. And, the trip was pretty costly."

Knowing fully well that music is Tatum's passion, the family held many discussions, weighed the pros and the cons, and Tatum finally decided that the trip was truly an opportunity that may only come once in a lifetime, and she would not let her fears or finances stand in the way of taking advantage of the incredible opportunity.

Since committing to the trip, Tatum has been very busy working to pay her way for the trip. Being the determined person she is, Tatum is working to raise as much of the money needed for the trip on her own. Through babysitting, working in her parents' restaurant and a stint detasseling this past Summer, Tatum has raised $3,200 of the $6,370 needed for the trip so far. And, Tatum has also begun giving voice lessons to younger students as a way of giving back to her community and school.

Even though Tatum is determined to raise as much money herself as she can to meet the goal, some Emmetsburg residents who enjoy singing Karaoke have generously offered their support to her cause. Tatum and several other young women joined together over the past Labor Day weekend in Graettinger to sing some Karaoke, which the local residents heard and enjoyed. Knowing that Tatum also would sing Karaoke at her parent's restaurant on occasion, just out of her love of performing, and knowing about the pending European trip, they came up with a plan.

In order to both support Tatum and as a way to promote young talent, a Karaoke Party/Tip Night is being planned for Saturday night, November 25, at the Cornerstone Pub and Grille in Emmetsburg. The evening's activities will begin at 8 p.m. All young singers, those young-at-heart who like to sing and everyone are being invited to come share their talents, enjoy an evening of great fun and music and help support a most deserving young woman to realize a dream of a lifetime.



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