United Way of the Ouachitas Presents "We've Got Talent!"



The 2024  "We've Got Talent" show will be on March 7th at the Mountain Pine Auditorium. We are very excited to have this excellent show back that will benefit all the kids with a great chance to win scholarship money. We have 3 contestants that will be awarded money in the following weeks. You can buy tickets through our office 233 Hobson Ave. or call 501.623.2505.  Thank you to everyone for being a part of this show.

The contest is exclusively between the local surrounding schools such as the Arkansas School of Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts, Fountain Lake, Hot Springs, Jessieville, Lakeside, and Mountain Pine School Districts. The First, ($1500) Second ($1000), and Third ($500) Place competitors will receive scholarships for their secondary education.

The location of the competition rotates annually among the school district.

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Jen Bailey

Jennifer Bailey was born and raised in Hot Springs, grew up listening to KLAZ, and never dreamed she'd spend 17+ years on Hot Springs airwaves. But there she is, and there she loves to be! Jenn has always been a supporter of her hometown, and has been involved in countless community organizations. She is in her 3rd year on the board of the United Way of the Ouachitas.

Head Judge - Trey Tucker

Trey Tucker

Trey Tucker is a Partner at Simmons & Associates, PLLC a Hot Springs CPA Firm, they specialize in Tax & Consulting for Individuals and Businesses. He has a Bachelors degree in Accounting and is a Licensed CPA in the State of Arkansas. Trey is married with two boys who attend Lakeside, and his wife owns a local downtown shop Jess & Jojo. Trey has passion for local activities as he is involved in multiple non-profits and in his local church.

Kelly Bales

Kelly Bales

Kelly Bales is a Hot Springs High School graduate. She attended classes at Hendrix College & National Park College. She is the former Executive Director and President of the Board for the Miss Arkansas Organization. She is a two-time past president of the board for the United Way of the Ouachitas. Kelly is the former owner, and the current Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Wheeler Printing. Her involvement in the community has dubbed her as a lifetime volunteer for a number of non-profits in the community. Kelly is a proud Mom and Mammy of 2 kids and 3 grands.

Kasey Fant

Kasey Fant

Kasey Fant is the dynamic Owner/CEO of Body Elite Aesthetics of Arkansas, an all-inclusive beauty and body wellness spa in Hot Springs, renowned for its extensive range of services. With a degree in Business Administration: Organizational Leadership and triple licensure in the beauty industry, her expertise is matched by a rich history in pageantry, both as a participant and a coach, with a special affinity for the talent portion. Kasey's passion for beauty, health, and wellness is rivaled only by her commitment to making others feel whole, embodying her philosophy that true joy comes from seeing others smile and feel confident about themselves!

Jacob Flores

Jacob Flores

Former American Idol contestant, Jacob Flores, is an award-winning, one-man band. Flores has been voted the Sentinel-Record Reader's Choice "Best Local Performer'' five years in-a-row (2019-2023). His achievements have been featured in AY Magazine (2023 Man of Distinction), 501 Life Magazine, Arkansas Business (2022 Outstanding Young Professional of the Year Nominee), the Sentinel-Record, and the Arkansas Democrat Gazette Newspaper. Flores was nominated for the Sentinel-Record's 2023 feature of "Millennials Making A Difference." Fans can tune into THV11's The Vine Morning Show to catch Flores performing live each month. For more information, visit: www.jacobfloresmusic.com.

Lexi Bellomy

Lexi Bellomy is a 17 year old senior at Fountain Lake. Lexi loves anything related to music, especially singing! She has competed in State Beta convention in a trio, which was chosen to perform at the National Beta Convention. Lexi is also a Worship Leader at her church.

Gisselle Ellington

Gisselle is a cellist. She began playing the violin when at the age of 9, and switched to cello when she was 12. Since then, she has participated in her school orchestras, the Arkansas Symphony Youth Orchestra, and the Faulkner Chamber Music Festival. Gisselle wants to continue playing the cello in college and even afterward.

Abigail Hedrick

At an early age, Abigail discovered an adoration for music that led to the study of various instruments, beginning with piano. Since then, with the Hot Springs Band Program, she has learned how to play the flute. However, Abigail has managed to figure out how to play quite a bit more instruments: any percussion instrument except the tenor drums, clarinet, bass clarinet, saxophone, piano, classical guitar, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, ukelele, bass guitar, and even the kalimba.

Lauren Lewis

Lauren Lewis is a senior at Lakeside High School. She was born and raised in Austin, Texas and moved to Arkansas two years ago. She is a member of the Lakeside Chamber Singers and Concert choir. Lauren started writing music when she was 12 years old and hasn’t looked back. She is a talented pianist and guitarist and hopes to pursue song writing in the future.

Caroline Whiley

Caroline is a freshman at Jessieville High School. She is the President of her FFA chapter and enjoyed showing her pig Maple at the county and state fair this past fall. Caroline loves softball and is the catcher for the high softball team. She also loves spending time with family and singing at church.

Red Devil Percussion

Red Devil Percussion

United Way would like to give a special thanks the following agencies for their financial support.