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On July 30th, four young girls will host the 4th Annual Backyard Talent Show for St. Jude in Morton, Illinois. It all started in 2008 when the 4 girls (Maddie, Isabelle, Claire & Kaitlyn) ages 8 to 11 decided to have a lemonade stand to raise money. For 20 years now, their grandma has run in the Memphis to Peoria Run for St. Jude. And so the girls knew what a great cause this was. The lemonade stand raised an impressive $155 in one afternoon. That success inspired the Backyard Talent Show idea! They raised another $350 for St. Jude! There was no doubt that there would be more shows to come.

Their ideas were even bigger and better. They made DVDs, set up a website, and wrote letters to people to raise money. They got sponsors from businesses, successfully advertised, and were featured on local news stations and written up in area newspapers. And now, three shows later, they have already raised over $26,000!

But this year’s show planning involves something completely new, as the girls’ moms discovered couponing over the winter. The families live on tight budgets, and the show budget is tight as well–something the girls have been taught about from the very beginning. For this year’s show, they were taught how to use the moms’ new couponing skills to save money on expenses, which in turn gave them more money to make this show awesome. For example, they purchased soda for the concessions using donated Kroger gift cards PLUS coupons to really maximize the number of cases they could buy. Office supplies were cheap or free utilizing programs like Staples Easy Rebates, and they shopped for costumes, decorations and more online through Ebates to earn money back on purchases.

In fundraising, every little bit helps, and this year, it helped so much that the show has actually outgrown the backyard!! It will be held in a local park with the support of the local tourism association and will feature OVER 50 children… all excited about making a difference for the Children of St. Jude.

A big part of the kids’ mission is to inspire others to give back–especially other kids. They personally know kids who are alive today because of the cutting-edge cancer treatment they received at St. Jude. And it costs $1.6 million dollars each day to run St. Jude, so fundraising for them is vital. But there are many, many other causes who need help too.

The Giveaway:

Want to help in your community? The Backyard Talent Show for St. Jude would like to inspire you by giving away a $10 Kroger gift card that you can use to jumpstart your fundraising project. There are 3 ways to enter. You can do any or all.

1) Leave a comment here on the blog about your favorite cause

2) “Like” Backyard Talent Show for St. Jude on Facebook and let them know Coupon Katarina sent you! Then leave a separate comment telling me so.

3) Follow Backyard Talent Show for St. Jude on Twitter (@BYTSforStJude). Then leave a separate comment telling me so.

This giveaway will end Friday July 30th at 10 pm EST. – extended… A winner will be selected at random FROM THE COMMENTS SECTION (those are your tickets in) and contacted by email. Winner has 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be selected. If you want more information about the Backyard Talent Show for St. Jude, visit www.backyardtalentshow.shutterfly.com And if you have questions about starting your own show, you can email them at backyardtalentshow at gmail dot com.

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Natalie

July 30, 201110:54 pm

I follow on twitter (NatalieAlxndr)

Natalie

July 30, 201110:53 pm

I "liked" backyard talent show on fb! (Natalie Alexander)

Natalie

July 30, 201110:53 pm

I support March of Dimes-gotta show love to the itty bitty babies... and we also have the kids pick a family to buy gifts for during the holidays. It's important to show them how to give back!

Patti

July 30, 201110:51 pm

My favorite cause is the ASPCA to help the little ones who can't help themselfs.

Christine Homoki

July 30, 201110:28 pm

I "like" Backyard Talent Show for St. Jude on Facebook!

Christine Homoki

July 30, 201110:24 pm

My favorite cause is Breast Cancer research. I support anyone who fundraisers for the cause. I have so many people who are in my life and who were in my life that have been affected by this disease. I'm behind you St. Jude!

kAYLIN

July 30, 201110:21 pm

"Like” Backyard Talent Show for St. Jude on Facebook and let them know Coupon Katarina sent you! Then leave a separate comment telling me so.

diana shepelwich

July 30, 201110:17 pm

St.Jude Rocks!

Lois Tuttamore

July 30, 201110:15 pm

My favorite cause is Truth Ministrie. They are a non denomonational church that serves their community. They have a food pantry, clothing give away, free community meal every week, they work with the courts to help prisoners who have just left the jail, they have a support group for released prisoners, They have NA and AA meetings there and the list goes on.

Raya

July 30, 201110:04 pm

I liked and commented on facebook!

Marilynn Walton

July 30, 201110:01 pm

My favorite cause is the Salvation Army

Tammy

July 30, 201109:59 pm

awesome! St. Jude's is my favorite cause. i plan on working for them when I get my RN in a year and a half!

Nancy Young

July 30, 201109:55 pm

following Backyard Talent Show on Twitter

Nancy Young

July 30, 201109:54 pm

I liked Backyard Talent Show on FB.

Tasha Keegan

July 30, 201109:53 pm

"liked" backyard talent on facebook!

Tasha Keegan

July 30, 201109:53 pm

I'm going to go with St Jude being a favorite cause, although it's hard to pick one favorite because so many of them do so much for people.

whitney

July 30, 201109:52 pm

Like St. Jude on FB!

Nancy Young

July 30, 201109:51 pm

My favorite cause is St. Judes. They help so many children and families!

Casey

July 30, 201109:48 pm

And I liked the Backyard Talent Show on Facebook!

Katie

July 30, 201109:48 pm

My favorite cause is Big Brothers and Big Sisters.

Casey

July 30, 201109:47 pm

My favorite charity is the Ronald McDonald House!

Mary

July 30, 201109:47 pm

My favorite cause is the Ronald McDonald Houses. They are a such a blessing to families! When we traveled thousands of miles to adopt our premature son, we were able to afford to stay with him his last 2 weeks in the hospital thanks to the RMH near his hospital : )

Tracy Stephens

July 30, 201109:47 pm

I like the Backyard Talent Show for St. Jude on facebook!

penny

July 30, 201109:45 pm

liked backyard talent show for st. jude. It is awesome that people get together to help out others.. :)

penny

July 30, 201109:43 pm

my favorite cause is the american cancer society. Lost my dad at the age of 10, and many other loved ones through the years. :)

Tara

July 30, 201109:43 pm

Also I feel that any organization that allows kids the opportunity to help out other kids is wonderful. I have walked for March of Dimes many times.

Deidre leaders

July 30, 201109:43 pm

My favorite cause is make a wish foundation

Judy

July 30, 201109:43 pm

I liked the backyard talent sown on facebook If/When I win the lottery I will give money to St Jude I like then on facebook too.

heather

July 30, 201109:41 pm

i Liked the Backyard Talent Show for St. Jude on FB!!!! what a wonderful cause! i hope they have a great turnout this year!!!!!

Nycki Martin

July 30, 201109:41 pm

My favorite cause is Crusade for Children with the Fire Dept...the local FD raised over $68,000 this year in only 5 days!!!

jennifer hieber

July 30, 201109:40 pm

I have many favorite causes but at The Holidays I like to help a family in need for Thanksgiving and Christmas and buy them food and gifts.

Tara

July 30, 201109:39 pm

I just 'liked' the backyard talent show and told them you sent me!

Gina Galeana

July 30, 201109:39 pm

I like the Ronald McDonald house. So, good to me when I had a preemie baby.

Laura Alberts

July 30, 201112:57 pm

I follow Backyard Talent Show for St. Jude on twitter. @lauranalberts

Laura Alberts

July 30, 201112:56 pm

I like the Backyard Talent Show for St. Jude on facebook!

Laura Alberts

July 30, 201112:56 pm

My favorite cause is the Ronald McDonald House, where families being helped by St. Jude are given a place to stay and food!

Lily Kwan

July 29, 201102:07 pm

I follow Backyard Talent Show for St. Jude on Twitter under the username likwan.

Lily Kwan

July 29, 201102:06 pm

I follow Backyard Talent Show for St. Jude on Facebook and let them know you sent me at https://www.facebook.com/likwan/posts/227202127316915.

Lily Kwan

July 29, 201101:59 pm

My favorite cause is the ASPCA.

amanda

July 28, 201105:08 pm

Twitter follower-shmilgah

amanda

July 28, 201105:08 pm

Backyard talent show fb fan-amanda l h

amanda

July 28, 201105:06 pm

I help the animal shelters or Ronald McDonald house.

Eva

July 28, 201101:28 pm

I have many favorite causes but I like to pick out a family in need every school year and give a child school supplies. My other favorite cause is sponsoring a child through the evergren foundation which helps orphan children in Romania.

Andrea Strable

July 28, 201109:00 am

Hey liked backyard talent show using my husbands facebook- im stuck in the past and dont have one!. What an awesome thing these kids are doing! ...Andrea Strable

Danielle Rundio-Walker

July 28, 201108:36 am

Liked the St Jude backyard talent show. What a great way to raise money for a great cause. These girls should be so proud!

Nina

July 28, 201105:01 am

liked on facebook!

Emily

July 27, 201110:32 pm

My favorite cause is the Rally Foundation.

Neljo Mullins

July 27, 201110:30 pm

Follow Backyard Talent Show for St. Jude on Twitter. @nelricky

Neljo Mullins

July 27, 201110:29 pm

Like” Backyard Talent Show for St. Jude on Facebook neljo m left comment

Neljo Mullins

July 27, 201110:25 pm

My favorite cause is St. Jude's . They help so many children.

Heather shafer

July 27, 201110:20 pm

Liked the St Jude backyard talent show. What a great way to raise money for a great cause.

Mari

July 27, 201110:16 pm

Follow Backyard Talent Show for St. Jude on Twitter (LuckyDuckyToo)

Mari

July 27, 201110:16 pm

Like” Backyard Talent Show for St. Jude on Facebook (Mari Doug) + commented on their wall.

Mari

July 27, 201110:15 pm

My favorite cause is the Appalachian Bear Rescue. I am an animal lover and would love to visit their facility one day.