Local pageant raises money for community fund


Photo by Jenna Lancaster

Contestant James Tockstein answers questions asked by M.C. Ally VanBogaert.

February 13– The annual Mr. Kaneland event took place on Friday, February 13. Various students show off their talents to raise money for charity during this.

Mr. Kaneland has raised over $25,000 for the Delnor Center for Breast Health since 2007. Last year, a new fund was created to help out those in need around the community, the “Kaneland Cares” fund. Over $5,000 was raised by the event last Friday night.

This year’s participants included students Dean Divizio, Johnathan Heuman, Andrew Lesak, Dillon Lynn, Philip Rowers, Diego Ruiz, James Tockstein and Joshua Yeggy.

“They were all very good,” judge Christina Staker said. “I felt like Dean and James really rocked it with their talents.”

Tockstein won first place with his unique performance of “You Need Me, I Don’t Need You” by Ed Sheeran, with a guitar and a loop pedal. In addition, he also earned $300 in the auction portion of the event, out of all of the bids, his was the highest.

“I’m overjoyed! It was unexpected, and I feel overwhelmed, almost,” Tockstein said. “I loved all of the guys and spending time with them. It was a great experience.”

Ruiz took second place with his talent of lip-syncing “Uptown Funk” by Bruno Mars, and Lesak came in third. He performed the classic talent show dance dance from Napolean Dynamite.

“I think [Mr. Kaneland] is an amazing thing that should be kept going forever, because there’s no one that dislikes it,” sophomore Jarod Kovach said.