Talent show at Hollis school raises $4,045 for 2020 Vision Quest

HOLLIS – The audience was treated to a wide variety of performances, from singing and dancing to karate, dog tricks and magic, at the Hollis Upper Elementary School spring talent show held on April 15.

Proceeds from the show, including ticket sales, refreshments, crafts and DVDs of the performance, topped $4,000 and were donated to 2020 Vision Quest, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing support services to individuals dealing with vision loss, and helping finance Guiding Eyes for the Blind, which trains service dogs. Randy Pierce foudned 2020 Vision Quest, familiar to many as the blind hiker who has scaled the 48 4,000-foot peaks in New Hampshire, both in summer and in winter, with his guide dog, Quinn. He travels around New England giving motivational speeches.

In February, the Journal brought you the news of Quinn’s death. Pierce was paired with Autumn, a new service dog in March, and they were on hand, along with his wife, Tracy, to thank the crowd for its support.

“I have spoken to more than 30,000 students,” Pierce said, “and you are the first to say, ‘We support you for raising money for 2020 Vision Quest.’”

Pierce encouraged the students to focus not on limitations but on what they could achieve if they set goals and work hard.