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Talent On Display At Revved Up Kids’ The Big Show

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LateThe following is a featured article written by Keith Hyman, a high school student intern for The Mauldin Group.Keith Hyman

Local Talent Show Raises $11,000 To Benefit Child Safety Initiatives

The Big Show participants
The Big Show participants (Image by Keith Hyman)

By Keith Hyman, High School Student Intern at The Mauldin Group

Common Ground plays
Common Ground plays before the first act (Image by Keith Hyman)

Revved Up Kids recently held a charity talent competition on Oct. 24, 2021, at the Red Clay Music Foundry in Duluth, Georgia. The event, titled “The Big Show,” showcased 10 talented local performers, from singers to musicians, as well as actors and comedians. The Big Show began at 3:30 p.m. with a reception for VIP guests and sponsors and a pre-event concert performed by Common Ground, a local band. The first act started at 4:30 p.m. Later, a brief intermission took place at 5:20 p.m. followed by the remaining acts, which finished by 6 p.m. The event and then closed with a reward ceremony at 6:30 p.m.

The judges for the show included Rachel Berhannan, who is the CFO of Rainbow Village and a Revved Up Kids board member; Mayor Nancy Harris of Duluth; and Mark McKay of 95.5 WSB Radio and WSB-TV. The judges decided which act was the most entertaining and awarded the act with a $500 prize. The audience voted on the act they believed was best overall. To vote for an act, attendees needed to make a $10 donation to Revved Up Kids. All proceeds from the event and voting went to Revved Up Kids in support of their mission and programs. People’s choice voting alone raised over $11,000.

When asked about the event’s goal and its success, co-founder of Revved Up Kids, Alli Neal, said, “Our first try at The Big Show was absolutely amazing! We are so excited for all the support, for the sponsors’ support, for the ticket holders, especially for all of those talented performers, who stepped up to support our mission and to protect children from sexual abuse.” Neal also commented that, as a result of the great success of the event, Revved Up Kids is planning to organize a second The Big Show event next year.

TMG President
TMG President Bonnie Mauldin with Revved Up Kids Founders

Revved Up Kids, a nonprofit in Atlanta, focuses on protecting kids from sexual abuse. They provide prevention training to thousands, empowering them with knowledge about signs and prevention. According to a survey, 98% of adult observers noted the training helped kids understand predators. Furthermore, 89% of teenage participants stated that they acquired new insights into their safety regarding sexual abuse. Their mission has educated many people, contributing to the creation of safer environments for children in local communities.

The Mauldin Group was an Emmy Level sponsor for the 2021 The Big Show event. The show is available to watch in its entirety on YouTube.