12-year-old dancer wins first prize at ‘Oaklawn’s Got Talent'

ELKHART, Ind. - Oaklawn is the region’s mental health and addiction services organization, serving both St. Joseph and Elkhart Counties.

Friday night was their biggest fundraiser of the year, “Oaklawn’s Got Talent,” showcasing local arts and acts while also highlighting the good being done in the community.

Roughly 30 people auditioned for the third annual fundraiser, and the top four performed Friday night at Elkhart’s Lerner Theater.

The acts were local band Quite Frank Lee, dancer Olivia Kruyer, musical improv group Hart Health, and singer-songwriter Marriani Fleming

The audience of donors, raising funds for Oaklawn’s services in the community, voted on the winner after each act performed.

Ultimately, Kruyer clinched the first-place spot at just 12 years old, the youngest to compete so far.

The event is estimated to have raised roughly $150,000 for the organization, but final fundraising totals have yet to be released.

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