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A magical time in Hazleton

The magician Gemini is assisted by Alexandra Wagner, 10, during a fundraiser performance for the benefit of Hazleton Little League at the high school Saturday. He thrilled the crowd with fire, illusion and side-splitting comedy. The ‘Magic Christmas’ event was a means to raise money for a new press box at the Little League’s facility and to give back to local children. There was also a raffle and dancing.

Faberge’s Follies takes part in a fundraiser performance for the benefit of Hazleton Little League at the high school Sunday.

Don Carey/The Times Leader

HAZLETON – Christmas arrived in Hazleton on Saturday with a touch of abracadabra and a flourish of sleight of hand, much to the delight of the crowd who came out in support of Hazleton Little League’s “Magic Christmas” celebration.

The holiday event was held at the Hazleton Area High School as a means to raise money for a new press box at the Little League’s facility and to give back to local children.

“This is the first of what we plan to be an annual holiday event,” said Ed Shoepe, Hazleton Little League president. “It’s a chance for us to raise much-needed funds for our field, but also to show our appreciation to the hundreds of kids who participate in Hazleton Little League.”

Shoepe added that a number of community businesses donated money and merchandise for the event’s 50/50 raffle to benefit the Helping Hands Charity.

The show featured a headline performance by nationally known magician, Gemini, who thrilled the crowd with fire, illusion and side-splitting comedy.

Local dance troupe, Faberge’s Follies, warmed up the crowd with a seasonal dance and tumbling routine to the accompaniment of holiday musical favorites.

“We hope next year is bigger and better,” said Scott Burkhardt, a Little League board member. “But this is a fantastic start.”

Organizers thanked all their volunteers and sponsors, including state Rep. Tarah Toohil and state Sen. John Yudichak, as well as congressman and former Hazleton mayor Lou Barletta, for their support.

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