By Michael McFarland
Staff Writer

Local families can enjoy face painting, magic, a kid’s carnival, food concessions, and a Star Trek mini-museum at this year’s Making Magic for Life event.  Guests will have the opportunity to browse vendor tables from local businesses, sponsors, and non-profit organizations, and attend a talent show.
The second annual event will be held at LCCC on April 29 in the College Commons and hosted by Illusionists Sebastien & Melvin from “Touch of Magic”. All proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society. The event is being sponsored this year by U.S.S. Gallifrey a chapter of the International Federation of Trekkers, GOTSF (Guardians of Space Frontier), and co-sponsored by Student Life.

The Illusionists, Sebastien and Melvin, perform during the Los Unidos Easter Egg Hunt April 7. The Illusionists are due to perform at Making Magic for Life April 29 to raise money for cancer. Mike McFarland|The Collegian

Making Magic For Life (MMFL), is an annual benefit whose primary goal is to raise money to further research and help fight the battle against cancer while providing family fun in the form of entertainment, events and activities that can aid in the quest to finding a cure. The event is open to anyone that is affected by cancer or those wishing to contribute to a great cause.

As a survivor of prostate cancer, Thomas B Heffner, the founder of MMFL, said the force behind his ambition to create such a spectacular event was none other than the creator of Star Trek, Gene Roddenberry. “Gene envisioned a optimistic future where all life lived and worked in harmony with one another, where intelligent life would strive to reach their full potential while helping others to do the same,” said Heffner. “We believe in Gene’s dream but would expand upon his vision by adding that no one in the future would ever have to suffer and die from cancer, that a cure would finally be discovered.”

Showcasing this year’s event will be LCCC Family Festival talent winners, The Keller Brothers, along side musical group Rudy and the Illusions. Also set to perform is magician Keith “The Magic Man” Heidenreich, Jingles the Clown, the Amazing Frederick, and Ron Price. Contemporary Christian music artist Emily Rice and Guy Denillo will also lend their voices to the cause. In addition to the line-up of entertainment will be a talent show.
Contestants will compete for the title of MMFL 2012 Entertainer of the Year. To aid in generation of funds, a raffle and silent auction will be held during the event. Some of the items include celebrity-autographed photos, Cleveland Indians and Cleveland Browns memorabilia.

Tickets can be purchased for $7.50 in advanced through the MMFL website or at the Office of Student Life. Those wishing to attend the day of the event can purchase tickets at the door for the price of $10. Entries for the talent show must be submitted by April 27. For more information you can check out the MMFL website at www.making-magic-for-life.com