Local Talent Show Raises $11,000 To Benefit Child Safety Initiatives
By Keith Hyman, High School Student Intern at The Mauldin Group
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. 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 be eligible to vote for an act, attendees were required 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. Over $11,000 was raised from the people’s choice voting alone.
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.
Revved Up Kids is a nonprofit organization in the Atlanta area that focuses on protecting kids from sexual abuse and exploitation. Revved Up Kids has provided sexual abuse prevention training to thousands of kids and adults, empowering them with knowledge of the signs of sexual abuse and how to prevent it. According to a survey done by Revved Up Kids, 98% of adult observers indicated that the sexual abuse prevention training helped participating kids to better understand who predators are, and 89% of teenage kids indicated that they learned new things about their safety from sexual abuse. Their mission has educated many people and made local communities safer for children.