Fort Mill Times

Tega Cay's got talent for family fundraiser

Ian Weber played the piano. Hanna Thompson and Jordan Hayes offered a song. Pamela Bretscher wowed the audience with a split and round off backhand spring.

"We're just showcasing all of our marvelous kids," Nathaniel Greek said.

But this Tega Cay talent show was so much more.

Saturday's third annual benefit talent show at Gold Hill Elementary School was about a neighborhood stepping up to help one of its own. Some observers and performers didn't know Nathaniel and Jesica Greek. But all knew about the Tega Cay couple's Wind Song Bay two-story home that was destroyed by a Good Friday early morning blaze.

Since then, the Tega Cay community has adopted the couple and their three sons.

"We're a community," said Thomas "Tommy" Fitzpatrick, event organizer, whose home sits behind what used to be the Greeks' home. "We should help."

The benefit fundraiser, the brainchild of 8-year-old Thomas Fitzpatrick, brought in $2,690 for the Greeks, co-organizer Patty Fitzpatrick said.

The effort stunned Nathaniel Greek.

"To say that I'm touched is not good enough," he said Saturday between performances. "To say that we're honored just doesn't capture it. I'm just amazed."

For Jesica Greek, the talent show was personal.

"It just reminds me of what a great community we live in," Jesica Greek said. "Our community is all about family. Today's event reminds me why we love being here."

Jordan Hayes also was excited about performing, but the Greeks' plight commanded her attention.

"I want them to know that I'm sorry," she said about the fire. "I hope they feel better."

Atop a nearby table, Lynne Weber videoed her son, Ian, as he tickled a piano's ivories. It was Weber's house that the Greek's children sought safety per their fire escape plan.

"We live across the street from the Greeks," Weber explained. "We just love the Greeks. I would just do anything to help them."

Pamela Bretscher, 9, and her mother, Melodie, also turned out for the event.

"I wanted to be here to help out the Greek family because their home burned," Pamela said after performing a series of gymnastics stints.

When the talent showcase ended, no awards were given .

"They're all winners for caring," Nathaniel Greek said.