NFB of SC Members Showcasing Spectacular Talents at First Virtual Talent Show
By Debra Canty, Chairperson of the NFB of SC Fundraising Committee
The National Federation of the Blind of South Carolina met via Zoom to present the winners of the First Virtual Talent Show on, Saturday, March 20, 2021, with a gorgeous afternoon temperature of 54 degrees Fahrenheit in the Midlands of South Carolina.
Because of the pandemic, the event could not be held in person, so it was held online. Contestants paid an entry fee and submitted a video of their talent to be posted to the nfbofsc.org website. To vote, participants paid $1 per vote. We would like to acknowledge and thank all donors in this fun-filled virtual talent show. This virtual experience gave us an opportunity to share our best talents while having fun. The contest was open for several weeks.
Kudos to Debra Canty, Chairperson of the National Federation of the Blind of South Carolina Fundraising
Committee, and to everyone who was an integral part of the success of this first-time virtual talent show. We appreciate, Laverne Addison, President of the Charleston Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind of South Carolina, and fellow committee member, for suggesting a virtual talent show. It was a great idea and very successful. We are also grateful to David Houck, Executive Director of the Federation Center for his help, and Steve Cook, First Vice President of the Computer Science and Technology Division, for receiving donations, posting votes, and promoting the event on social media.
Although we are well into this pandemic, the National Federation of the Blind of South Carolina continues with our blind movement and raising funds for this organization. Just like we are not defined by our blindness, we are not impaired by the COVID-19 pandemic either. Like everyone else, we are finding creative ways to keep our movement flourishing.
Our sincere gratitude to all contestants for the display of their talents of singing, dancing, clogging, etc. It was their willingness to participate and encourage supporters of the general public to be engaged in this fundraiser that led to such a spectacular event.
This first virtual talent show generated over four thousand dollars. We are so thankful to everyone for making this a success. The top three contestants received a percentage of the total funds raised and a plaque donated by Linda Dizzley, President of the Lee County Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind of South Carolina.
Congratulations to the winner, Marcia Harton, of the Sumter Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind of South Carolina. Marcia Harton received 1417 votes; Malinda Ham, of the Clarendon County Chapter of the NFB, received 1327 votes, and Kimberlynn Michele Mitchell, sponsored by Tiffany Mitchell-Parson of the Columbia Chapter of the NFB, received 672 votes. We are all so proud of all the other contestants: Jamie Allison, Z’Leah Liburd, Sarah Massengale, Marty McKenzie, Jerry Johnson, Jannik L. Pesch, and ReGinia Pounds.
The contestants manifested their excitement and eagerness to see the votes coming in from family and friends on social media as the time was approaching the contest date. We are so blessed in this organization to have such talented members and friends with so much enthusiasm and unity.
We will see you at the next virtual talent show.