Former Ringling Brothers ring master Michael Gillette performs with Ben Hughes. Gillette will be on hand Saturday as the residents of the Benjamin House put on their annual talent show, a fundraiser for Amen Ministries.

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Former Ringling Brothers ring master Michael Gillette performs with Ben Hughes. Gillette will be on hand Saturday as the residents of the Benjamin House put on their annual talent show, a fundraiser for Amen Ministries.

Annual Benjamin House Talent Show fundraiser Saturday

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When it comes to the annual Benjamin House Talent Show, it’s more than, well a talent show. It’s a celebration of life. It’s that moment when you just get up on stage and say, “Hey! Look at me. I’m having fun.”

That’s what the guys and gals from the Benjamin House will be doing once again at the Maguire Theatre Saturday in downtown Elizabeth City. They’ll be getting up on stage and celebrating life, and they want you to join them.

At 2 p.m. Benjamin Hughes, Jason Swain, Bart Garrison and a number of other folks will be performing to their delight, and hopefully yours. Like last year they will be joined by Broadway performer and former Ringling Brothers circus ring master Michael Gillette. The guys and gals from the Benjamin House will be doing their thing to a Disney theme, according to Benjamin House founder Ann Hughes.

And in case you’re wondering, well this is a fundraiser, but it’s a fundraiser for Amen Ministries. All you need to do is bring non-perishable food items and drop it at the door.

Ann Hughes opened the doors of the Benjamin House for adults with mental disabilities to live and thrive four years ago. Because she wanted to ensure that her son Ben had a place where he could call home beyond his parents’ house, Ann Hughes knew that a place such as the Benjamin House would be necessary.

Since that time Benjamin House has been home to young men and women with varying degrees of mental disabilities. But despite their disabilities, they seek to live full lives and thanks to their home, and the programs associated with Benjamin House , they’re desire is being fulfilled.

Over the past four years, Benjamin House has become more than an assisted living facility for its residents.

It has become a touchstone to a greater community.

It has become a launching pad for the residents to reach out and help folks outside of their walls, as well as folks coming in and being a part of their lives.

And the community has been reaching out to the residents, too. Folks living at Benjamin House have benefited from a Boy Scout program and an area troop coming in and sharing its knowledge and love scouting with these folks.

And the residents have been involved in fundraisers other than the upcoming talent show. Last year they held a bake sale to benefit the Crisis Pregnancy Center, baking and selling their own wares.

And they may well do it again, but this week it’s the Food Bank of the Albemarle that will benefit from some of the most enthusiastic members of the River City community.

So check out the residents of Benjamin House Friday as they put on that talent show and let folks know that they really do love life.