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story.lead_photo.caption Ryann Barron, 3, enjoys the tasty goodness of a cupcake Nov. 20, 2018, during the Just Desserts event at Helias Catholic High School in Jefferson City. Photo by Mark Wilson / News Tribune.

If you need a reason to indulge on desserts and sugar-coated treats, Helias Catholic High School is offering just that — completely guilt free.

Helias is serving up childhood musical favorites and baked goods during its 12th annual Just Desserts show choir fundraising event from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday in the Helias gym.

Returning IMPACT show choir members got together last year to brainstorm ideas for themes, ultimately agreeing on "Summer Camp" — think "Camp Rock" and "High School Musical." Songs included in the set are Bon Jovi's "Beautiful Day," "We Rock" from "Camp Rock" and a mashup of "School's Out/What Time is It?"

An original ballad, titled "Flicker" and written by Helias student Erin Lammers, will also be performed at the show. Lammers and Jana Fox, director of choirs at Helias, worked together to arrange it for the show choir.

The group has been rehearsing since show choir camp in August and meets twice a week Monday and Wednesday. Fox said the limited rehearsal time has been challenging for students with various commitments. However, the students of IMPACT are used to rigorous schedules — looming are competitions in early 2020 at the Rock Bridge Show Choir Festival and contests at Cameron, Northwest Missouri State University and in Platte County.

Additionally, the group is gearing up for a March trip to New York City along with Helias' Concert Choir and Symphonic Band in which they will perform and receive feedback in professional clinics.

Just Desserts is the show choir's only fundraising event, raising $3,000-$6,000, depending on the year, Fox said. The funds raised cover costs of sets, costumes, travel expenses for show choir competitions and have also allowed the department to purchase sound equipment.

"We enjoy a great (amount of) support from parents and the community," Fox said, adding the event's success each year can be attributed to "hard-working parents and very talented students."

It helps that the night of entertainment comes with a sugary sidekick. Each individual that buys a ticket will receive dessert and have the option to bid on treats during the silent and live auctions.

Whitney Lammers, Just Desserts event co-chair, said the live auction this year will consist of 20 baked items — including a salted caramel apple pie made by Helias Principal Kenya Fuemmeler — and the silent auction will be another 20 items not limited to food.

And for specialty cakes, some have baked the "camp" theme to a whole new layer. Kate Amick, with Cake.Happy, is creating a "Camp Helias" s'mores cake and Kim Bruce, with Guilty Confections, is baking a camp-themed chocolate cake, both to be auctioned off. Parents, grandparents and other school staff will have items on the auction table, as well.

But one of the most sought after desserts, Lammers said, is made by Nini Haile.

"Her baklava is legendary," Lammers said.

It wouldn't be a surprise to see it get snatched up through the "Buy It Now" option for $200.

Silent auction items will be open to bidding from the start to the end of the event, and live auction items will be auctioned off between performances. These items will be on display so guests can "personally view (and get a good whiff) of their targeted items," she said.

Lammers said while the volunteers make the event a "well-oiled machine," her favorite part is watching the students' excitement and seeing them showcase their talents.

"And who doesn't love enjoying dessert with a show?" Lammers asked.

Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets can be purchased by emailing [email protected] or directly through Helias choir members or parents. Admission for the show includes desserts and drinks.

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