HERMISTON — The fifth annual Hermiston Varieties Saturday night brought together local talent with differing talents but one thing in common — patriotism.

The show, which raises money for the Vange John Memorial Hospice, opened with a comedic explanation of the Pledge of Allegiance by Dick and Mary Stultz and wrapped up with a medley of patriotic songs led by Laurie Ball. The acts in between were also heavy on a patriotic theme.

“I think everybody is thinking about Sept. 11,” said Betty Noack, the show’s organizer.

About 400 people turned out for the event held at the Hermiston Community Center. The total money raised during the evening has not yet been tabulated.

Noack said the patriotic theme happened without any prior planning.

“It’s almost like everybody had this on their mind at the same time,” Noack said. (For the full story please see the Feb. 12, 2002 issue of the Hermiston Herald.)

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