Talent Search

Help us select the opening acts for Jon Dorenbos!

Online Voting February 24-March 29

Gilda’s Club Quad Cities Captivating Conversations Series will be hosting Jon Dorenbos; America’s Got Talent finalist, magician, Philadelphia Eagles player, and survivor of a traumatic childhood at our event on March 31, 2017.  We have conducted a talent search to find the Quad Cities best talent to open for Jon Dorenbos at our event and our judges have narrowed it down to the top 8 finalists.

Now it’s up to you to vote for your favorite and determine which talent will perform at Captivating Conversations.

18 and Under Finalists

Cale Bowe

Kayla Masakowski

Turning Pointe



Over 18 Finalists

Becky Pogar

Chris Schlichting

David Casas

Totes McGoats


This event is made possible, thanks to our sponsors: The Genesis Cancer Care Institute, WQAD News 8, Wells Fargo and Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy.  Please visit www.gildasclubqc.org/conversations for full event details and tickets.  Interested in being a sponsor for this event or donating a basket for our raffle? Please contact Joy McMeekan, Development Director, at joy@gildasclubqc.org or 563-326-7504 for more information.

Thank you to the following individuals for being a part of the Talent Search Committee and Judging Panel.  We received many talented video submissions from individuals and groups throughout the Quad Cities.  All videos were submitted to our panel of judges for their review.  Videos were judged based on the following criteria: entertainment value, how your talent will translate to the big stage, professionalism and proficiency.

  • Patrick Adamson — ComedySportz
  • Heather Beach — Dead Weeds Pictures
  • Angie Champlin — performing arts community
  • Pamela Crouch –Living Proof Exhibit
  • Bret Dale — RME
  • Stacy DeLong — Le Chic Prom & Pageant Boutique
  • Jessica Denney — QC Theatre Workshop
  • Greg Hipskind –QC Rock Academy
  • Cindy Ramos–New Ground Theatre
  • Terri Smith — Quad Cities Chamber

A huge thank you also to Mike Ossian from Dead Weeds Pictures for volunteering graphic design work.