According to an organizer press release, the show has acts that will appeal to everyone: singers, dancers, rock groups, an all-man ensemble, gymnastics, jump ropers and a self-written monologue from the event’s primary category. Prizes are awarded in primary, elementary, middle and high school age groups, to the best group and to the overall winner. An additional prize goes to the performer who sells the most admission tickets.
Avian Brown, Bartow and Georgia’s Distinguished Young Woman is the emcee this year. In addition to the 29 performance acts, 2012 overall winner Morgan Cornwell will make a special appearance. All acts are rated G for children of all ages, and each performer raises money by selling at least 10 tickets.
Regina Gilbert is this year’s producer. Last year’s producer, Mary Clayton Gilbert, said the event’s biggest benefit is that children are helping other children.
“What’s great about ‘Every Child’s a Star’ is that it is kids helping kids,” Gilbert said during a 2012 interview. “Advocates has made different opportunities to help raise money and ‘Every Child’s a Star’ is different from those events because it is the kids in the community pitching in, helping out to raise money.
“So that’s what’s really neat about it. And other talent shows, they are wonderful. They can help raise money for other event but, this one, it’s for the Advocates that everyone has some sort of relation to. It’s right here in our city. It’s something that we can all help contribute to.”
Regina Gilbert’s production team includes the Bartow County School Board, Assistant Principal Dr. Butler, Booster Club President Tom Stuart and Drama Director Elissa Marks.
Other groups involved with the event include the Woodland CATS, whose students will perform during the intermission, with songs from their February show “All Shook Up.” Businesses involved include Summit Risk Advisors, Renasant Bank, Expedition Church, Lake Point Church band, Bartow’s DYW program and Georgia’s 4-H Leadership in Action Grant. The Bartow County 4-H will run concessions.
For 20 years, Every Child’s a Star has given young performers a chance to shine in the spotlight on the stage. Even more importantly, each young performer is giving back to the community.
Supported programs include Court Appointed Special Advocates, Rainbows, Safe Place, A Better Way Children’s Advocacy Center, a new in-home parenting program named Hope in Your Home, First Steps and the Flowering Branch Children’s Shelter. All of Advocates for Children’s programs are committed to help prevent child abuse, or to help those who are already its victims. Organizers encourage Bartow Country residents to come out and cheer for their favorite family members, friends, neighbors and classmates.
This year also marks the 30th anniversary of the founding of Advocates for Children. Every Child’s A Star is just the first event to celebrate the milestone in caring for kids and their families, offering safety, comfort and hope to over 2,600 children and families every year.
Tickets are $10 and are available from all the performers, at the door, and at www.advochild.org. Click “Donate Now” and include in the notes box the name of the ECAS performer who should receive credit for the sale.
For more information, call Advocates for Children at 770-387-1143.