Thursday, 23 May 2013 00:00
The Bowling Green K-Kids kicked off Mother’s Day weekend by dedicating their fifth annual talent show to their mothers, grandmothers and to protecting the connection between mother and child. Money from the event went toward the Eliminate Project, an international Kiwanis initiative to eradicate maternal and neonatal tetanus by 2015.
The 25 acts included vocals, instrumentals and dance numbers including a classical violin solo, the cup song, patriotic bagpipes and cheer dancing.
The show was co-hosted by current K-Kids President Aline Asarian and past president Kira Gruber. A distinguished panel of K-Family leaders judged each act for its musicality, quality of performance and the response of the audience. The judges awarded trophies for the Best Act with a K-Kid, Best Act without a K-Kid and the Judge’s Choice Award.
Judges selected Bowling Green fifth-grader Elizabeth Tercy as the Best Act with a K-Kid, Hot Like WOW dancers Kaycee Lauren Dominguez and Lilah DeLeon as Best Act without a K-Kid, and WT Clarke Key Club former president Gina Principato as their Judge’s Choice Award winner.
Additional “Outstanding Act” trophies and the “People’s Choice Award” were chosen by audience members voting through additional donations to the Eliminate Project. These donation votes were cast by placing money in containers located in the lobby for each act.
Based on the distribution of over $1,200 in additional donation vote dollars, four acts received Outstanding Act trophies. They were vocalist Elizabeth Tercy, baritone sax player Chris Johnson and “gangnam style” dancer Justin Quintero, American Sign Language performer Melissa Kamper, and “Fabulous” dancers Katie Heitner, Brianna Ferrara and Victoria Rivera.
The night’s top prize went to singers Tatiana Valdes and Claudia Perez, who received more than $200 in donation votes and the People’s Choice Award.
The talent show earned its place as the most successful single fundraiser in the Bowling Green K-Kids history. By the final close of the curtain, the show raised over $3,200 for the Eliminate Project.