‘Kent’s Got Talent’ is United Way fundraiser

CHESTERTOWN — It’s being billed as a “first-of-its-kind” event, a local spin on the hugely popular TV show “America’s Got Talent.”

The inaugural “Kent’s Got Talent” is set for Friday, Nov. 10 at the Garfield Center for the Arts, 210 High St. in downtown Chestertown.

Audience members are sure to be wowed by the talented finalists: Cece Bagshaw, Justinian Dispenza, Mark T. Einstein, Karter Greene, Clover King, Minnie Maloney, Ashton Mooday, Carly Mourlas, Sarah Poirier and Nicholas Ray.

Hosted by the United Way of Kent County, the fundraiser includes dinner by celebrity chef and homegrown talent Robbie Jester.

Doors will open at 6 p.m.; dinner will be served at 6:45 p.m.; and the show will start at 7 p.m.

Mark Mumford will be the emcee.

The Judge’s Choice Trophy winner will be determined by the panel of Doncella Wilson, Jim Landskroener and Melissa McGlynn.

The People’s Choice Award will be presented to the contestant with the most online votes.

Votes are $1 apiece.

Voting can be done online at www.kentcountysgottalent.com.

“In putting this event together, we have confirmed that the diversity of local talent and entertainment is amazing. We are very excited,” Amanda Nelson Parks, fundraising chair of the UWKC board of directors, said in a news release.

The cost of a dinner ticket is $125, which includes a gourmet meal prepared by Jester using local vendors Crow Vineyard, Eve’s Cheese, King Mushrooms, Lockbriar Farms, Lockbriar & Daughter Ice Cream, Land’s End Farm, Modern Stone Age Kitchen, Orchard Point Oyster Company, Red Acres Hydroponics and The Waterman’s Wife.

General admission is $35 and also includes a complimentary glass of wine from Crow Vineyards.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.kentcountysgottalent.com.

According to its vision statement, United Way of Kent County strives to improve our community by building partnerships and bringing together diverse stakeholders from 28 agencies to focus on three impact areas: health, education and financial stability.

The nonprofit began in 1957 with a goal of $45,000 and six member agencies.

This year’s fundraising goal is $280,000.

Donations may be made at any time via the website unitedwayofkentcounty,org or by mail to United Way of Kent County, P.O. Box 594, Chestertown, MD 21620.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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