The Genesis Cancer Care Institute will be welcoming Jon Dorenbos; America’s Got Talent finalist, magician, NFL player, and survivor of a traumatic childhood, for the 8th annual Captivating Conversations fundraiser on March 31, 2017 at the new Rhythm City Casino Resort in Davenport IA. Gilda’s Club Quad Cities is asking for your help in selecting the top talent to be one of two opening acts for Jon Dorenbos at this event.

Gilda’s Club secured a panel of judges from the Quad City area which reviewed all the submission videos and have narrowed it down to the top 8 Finalists (4 in each age group). Videos were judged based on the following criteria: entertainment value, how the talent will translate to the big stage, professionalism and proficiency. The top 8 Finalists in each category are:

18 years and Under
Cale Bowe-Princeton, Iowa
Kayla Masakowski-Davenport, Iowa
Turning Pointe Dance Studio-Andalusia, Illinois
VanderVeer-Quad Cities

Over 18 years
Becky Pogar-Davenport, Iowa
Chris Schlichting-Davenport, Iowa
David Casas-Davenport, Iowa
Totes McGoats-Quad Cities

Now it is the public’s turn to vote for their favorites by visiting Each vote is $1 and the talent with the top votes in each age category will perform their talent, live on stage, at our Captivating Conversations event on March 31, 2017. Interested in learning more about Captivating Conversations? Visit for full event details and tickets.
This event is made possible, thanks to the following sponsors: The Genesis Cancer Care Institute, WQAD News 8, Wells Fargo, Mid States Transmission Parts and Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy. Talent Search Judges include: Patrick Adamson, ComedySportz; Heather Beach, Dead Weeds Pictures; Angie Champlin; Pamela Crouch, Living Proof Exhibit; Bret Dale, RME; Jessica Denney, QC Theatre Workshop; Greg Hipskind, QC Rock Academy; Cindy Ramos, New Ground Theatre; and Terri Smith, Quad Cities Chamber.