EASLEY — The first “Show us Your Talent” in Pickens County to benefit the prevention of child abuse is in the books and the Carolina Gentlemen came away with the contest’s first prize.
“We had a better crowd at the finals than we did in the other rounds,” said Theresa Woods, organizer for the event. “The show was tremendous and everything went smoothly. We had some very talented performers.”
Carolina Gentlemen took the first prize of $400 in the competition with Brionah Pride being voted first runner-up and receiving $100 in prize money. Ella Hennessee was voted second runner-up with a prize of $50. The finals were based on a combination of judges and an audience vote as well.
Woods was not only pleased with the turnout in spectators but also in competitors as well.
“We had 13 contestants this year, after starting at 16 and losing a few to sickness or other reasons,” she said. “It went well for the first year. I’d expect things will get better.”
The success of this year’s fundraiser will prompt more events such as this one in the future.
“This is going to become an annual event but with a few changes,” Woods said. “We need to figure out how to tally the audience’s votes a little quicker and we’re going to move the time of year as well. I think the fall is when we’ll be holding the next one, due to temperatures and people being out sick.”
“Show us Your Talent” was held to benefit the prevention of child abuse with proceeds going to The Parenting Place. The event’s goal was to raise $1,000, and according to Woods, exceeded that figure though the final numbers aren’t in as of yet.
“This was more than just about raising money, it was about raising awareness,” Woods explained. “South Carolina ranks with the worst in the country in domestic violence and we’re trying to get that message out as well.”
The judges for the competition, from auditions to finals, were Bo Stegall, Cindy Bishop, Teresa Kuykendall, Lindley Mayer, Leighann Bagwell, Fallon Bruckie, Wanda Roberson and Adam Broome.
“Our judges were all knowledgeable about dance, music, and vocal and were outstanding,” Woods said in thanks. “And Amy Reese was my partner in crime throughout all of this. I can’t forget to thank her.”