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DeKalbs Got Talent sells out county complex show
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Dakota Allen, six, got the crowd worked up with his dancing. - photo by Photo by Reed Vanderpool
A sold-out house greeted contestants at the county complex Thursday evening when they took the stage for “DeKalb’s Got Talent,” a variety show sponsored by DeKalb Community Hospital to raise money for DCHS Project Graduation 2013.Hundreds of people turned out to show support for their favorite contestants and bid on silent auction items. Twenty talented acts of various ages presented dramatic displays, sang, played instruments, danced, and even performed with hula hoops.While judges were brought in to choose the winning act overall, the crowd was able to get in on the judging action by placing votes for 25 cents each for the People’s Choice Award.Peoples-choice voting also raised several hundred dollars for the cause.Singing duo Ashlee Medlin and Elizabeth Koegler came away with $132 in their vote jar to take the People’s Choice Award.A grand total of $1,800 was raised by the end of the evening.Host Shan Burklow said that she was very pleased with both the turnout and participation in the event.“We are so very blessed to have such a good and supportive community that comes out and backs our school’s efforts to provide a safe and fun graduation for our high school seniors,” Burklow commented, “I was amazed to see this first-year event sell out within minutes of opening the doors. They just kept pulling out more and more chairs.