According to a news release from Advocates, “There was a momentum and excitement felt like never before. The bar of talent has been raised and people were simply amazed by the show. The judges, all professionals in the field of entertainment, were so complimentary, and actually thankful for being allowed to be a part.
“Children were well-rehearsed, costumes terrific, and the show flowed with an energy from the very first opening video of kids preparing for the show to the Advocates video and Grand Finale with all the participants. Indeed, this year every child was a star in this perennial favorite fundraiser. And the ticket sales were $7,500, well over the goal set by Producer/Director Regina Gilbert and her dedicated team of other volunteers.”
A key aspect of the event is kids helping kids. Each participant in each act is required to sell at least 10 tickets. And several went well above and beyond that goal. Kate Hacker was the top ticket seller, with 45 tickets sold. Each of the guests at her birthday party a few weeks ago “bought” a ticket instead of bringing a gift. Others who sold more than 30 tickets each were Gia Ham, Ericson Mosley and Matalyn Santini, and five others sold more than 20: Brady Bearden, Justin Beringause, Alfred Chege, Kaitlyn Hanks and Kayla Rowland.
The performers who were declared winners in their age groups and categories included Primary — Katie-Dru Spinner; Elementary — Alred Chege; Middle — Natalee Castro; High School — Sarah Garber; Junior Group — Mason Cline and Mary Knox Dawson; Senior Group — Kaitlin Kimsey and Derrick Chapman; Best Band — Isaac Streetman, Trevor Steele and Isaac Moore; and Overall winner — Kayla Rowland.
“Advocates thanks all the performers, their teachers, mentors, families and supporters. Because of them, Flowering Branch Children’s home will soon sport a full range of repairs and home improvements,” Advocates CEO and President Patty Eagar said. “Kids Helping Kids. Wow.”