A 22-year-old organization plans to raise funds to benefit college students through a talent show.
Performances will include singing, dancing, comedians, Christian rappers and a miniskit modeled after Tyler Perry’s Madea.
The Hattie Mae Marshall Scholarship Fund is a nonprofit organization created by Henrietta Smith in honor of Marshall, who was a teacher in Columbia County for more than 30 years.
“Mae Marshall was one of the first black schoolteachers in Columbia County and she was my teacher,” said the organization’s vice president, Rebecca Edwards. “She was one of those ladies that reached out to help out anyone in the community that she could. She wanted to make sure that you were in school and getting the things that you needed.”
Each year, the organization raises money to benefit qualified students who are headed to college. Last year, the organization raised enough funds to help 22 students who each received $330 toward their college education, representing the most the organization has raised since 1991.
Edwards’ 90-year-old mother, Estella Bailey, played Madea in last year’s talent show and will return to play the role this year.
Aside from her performances, Bailey helps out the organization by selling tickets for the show and doing what she can to help raise funds.
“Last year she was a good actor. She learned her lines and she did what she was supposed to do, and it was a lot of fun,” said Edwards. “Now I’m getting a lot of calls from older people who came last year and want to come out and perform and help out this year. She [Bailey] motivated a lot of people to come out and help.”
The organization is still accepting entries for performers.