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Winners Announced Western Talent Show benefit for American Cancer Society

Posted By Tracelyn Sutton, American Cancer Society, Monday, May 14, 2018

Western talent Show raised funds and awareness for american Cancer Society

Eight Contestants Performed for the Crowd

Tucson, AZ, May 13th, 2018 - Over 100 attendees crowded into the Sheraton Tucson Hotel & Suites on Sunday, May 6th to enjoy music and dancing with delicious bites and a great western talent show.   

Deb and Tim Rossi, Event Co-Chairs, have been dedicated volunteers for many years and started when Deb was diagnosed with aggressive Cancer in 2008.  Deb has lost seventeen members of her immediate family as well as Tim’s mother to Cancer.   Deb and Tim led the event that went off without a hitch.   Deb is celebrating ten years of being cancer-free.    The Rossi’s are excited to announce the winners of the Western Talent Show.

Winner of the People’s Choice Award:   Rodeo City Wreckettes

Winner of the Celebrity Judge’s Choice Award:  Carissa Carona


Emcee, Luigi Fiorino, aka Whyte Panther, entertained attendees with his original songs.  Whyte was asked about the event and he replied, “We had a great turnout and the size of the crowd was exceeded only by their generosity.  The competitors all brought their "A" games and a fantastic time was had by one and all. The committee, the volunteers, the contestants, the performers, and everyone involved contributed so much love and energy that it was hard not to be moved.  We all had a genuinely wonderful time and all learned a lot about the programs and mission of the American Cancer Society to our local community as well as nationwide.  I simply cannot wait for the upcoming gala in September... it will be an immersive dinner theater type event with great food, great people, and a night of entertainment that you DO NOT want to miss!  A heartfelt "thank you" to one and all who participated on the 6th.”  For more information please go to

The Celebrity Judges offered positive advice to each contestant.  We would like to thank Eric Schumacher, Dr. Liz Almli, Shane Harbin, Emily Eldredge, Alan Maymo, Malan Jones, Bruce Andre and Jeannie Tucker.

Each member of the committee has worked hard to make this event special.  We thank the following members: Larry Fox, Wanda Fry, Shane Harbin, Chanel Lopez, Nina Mamula, Key Phillips, Andrea Shirley, and J Beth Wright, and Kevin Fischer.   Thank you to our sponsors, Tucson Medical Center, Sonora Quest Tucson, Norma Zimdahl, and Roche.  Photo credit Darlene Krueger.

The American Cancer Society is a volunteer and community driven organization.  Through groundbreaking cancer research, free patient programs and services, community outreach, the Society helps people stay well and get well, find cures and fight back.



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Announcing our EMCEE for Live Dinner Show September 22, 2018

Posted By Tracelyn Sutton, American Cancer Society, Sunday, February 11, 2018

MEET OUR EMCEE for our upcoming Live Dinner Show


Eric Schumacher



Eric Schumacher is a multiple award winning and critically acclaimed Actor/Director/Producer with a rapidly growing fan base and a steadily growing list of successful film, local and national television, and multimedia projects under his belt.

Eric is best known for his work as an actor. Notable projects include his roles as: Wyatt Earp in Fox TV’s Legends and Lies: the Real West, Doc Holliday in the feature film Tombstone Rashomon directed by the legendary Alex Cox (Repo Man. Sid and Nancy, Walker), Agent David Killjoy in the widely critically acclaimed Web series Zhon: The Alien Interviews (which he also co-produced) pompous newscaster Frank Mann in the comedy series Crewing Up and as nerdy comic book store owner John Burns in the geek culture feature film trilogy Writing Fren-Zee, (for which film 2 Revenge of Zoe is now in post production) among many others.

As a director and producer, Eric has put most of his attention towards multimedia and series projects with a few feature films thrown in for good measure such as the upcoming sci fi series My Stolen Time Machine, the afore mentioned feature film, Revenge of Zoe and on music videos, such as the award winning post-apocalyptic film/music video They Pretend.

Eric serves as the Creative Director for the award winning multimedia production company Seelie Studios, LLC ( which, among many other acclaimed projects, produced the 13 season branded web series, The Bob and Angus Show for Mayfair Games and the long running Glover Movies under the leadership of fellow producer/director Don Dehm. Eric has also produced or directed a number of promotional projects for clients of various budgetary levels which have been screened all over the world.

Eric has been a featured guest on various local and national talk shows, has been quoted in many prestigious publications regarding the film and multimedia industry, lectures frequently at sci-fi conventions, comi-cons and film festivals and consults in entertainment marketing and entertainment business srategy.

More information about Eric can be found here:

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