Gallery: Best Buddies talent show raises $200+ for foundation

Junior Sadie Stokes’ Facebook status after the Best Buddies Talent Show had five thank yous, five heart emojis, 11 crying face emojis and 12 exclamation marks. 

“I could not be more happy than I am right now,” she said in the status. 

Stokes, the college’s Best Buddies chapter president, decided to plan and host a talent show at Franklin College this year after hearing about other chapters having them nationwide. 

“We have so many Buddies who love to sing, dance, perform, play instruments and just love being in the spotlight,” she said. “I knew this year it would be perfect to start.” 

Tuesday’s show raised $233 for Best Buddies International, which aims to enhance the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities by giving them opportunities for socialization and employment. 

The 101 students and family members in the audience was double the number Stokes expected. She said it shows how inclusive and supportive Franklin College students can be. 

“Seeing the room keep filling up with people from all different groups on campus made me so happy,” she said. “Of course, seeing all the Buddies so happy after they made the leap of getting up on stage — some out of their comfort zone — and performing was incredible.” 

Students interested in getting involved in the organization can email Stokes at alexis. or visit the Best Buddies booth at the activities fair next semester. Those interested in making a monetary donation can visit 

“For our first show, I could not have asked for more,” she said.

Best Buddies Talent Show 2017

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Ashley Shuler is the executive editor of The Franklin. She has held various multimedia journalism and public relations internships, including positions at Indianapolis Monthly, The Children's Museum of Indianapolis and Dittoe Public Relations. When she isn't staying up late to edit stories, Ashley spends her time boutique shopping and drinking as much vanilla Coke as possible. This is Ashley's third year in a leadership role and her fourth year on The Franklin staff. She previously held positions as web editor and news editor.

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