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PRNewswire/ -- Taking home second place on NBC's "America's Got Talent" is not the only victory Detroit Youth Concert Choir & Performing Arts Company (DYC) participants earned, but also America's hearts, financial support for an educational future, and lessons and memories to last a lifetime.
"From our experience, I took away how to be humble, how to love people for who they are and not for what they seem to be," said Dr. Anthony White, choir director of the DYC. "We became friends with majority of the contestants, and it was an excellent experience because there wasn't any competitive spirit in the room."
The vision of the DYC is to offer the youth of Metro Detroit a world-class performing art experience that develops their creative skills and talents. On June 18, the DYC received the Golden Buzzer on NBC's "America's Got Talent" from Terry Crews, a Flint, Mich. Native, which was only the beginning of a successful race.
Grand River Academy, managed by National Heritage Academies, students, Shyel White, Jae Abdul, Zionne McAdory, and Olivia Flood, are members of the DYC.
"Ever since I came back from my trip, I feel like I made the whole city of Detroit and state of Michigan proud," said Olivia Flood, sixth-grade student at Grand River Academy.
Although the choir didn't take home first place, they received a $1 million endowment from Detroit-based foundations and local businesses, and Mike Duggan, mayor of Detroit, gave the choir a key to the city and replica keys to each member to have as a personal keepsake. Additionally, the Ford Motor Company Fund is giving each young singer in the 52-member choir a $1,000 scholarship, as well as a 15-passenger van to help with transportation needs.
White plans to dispense the donations they are receiving back into the young people of his choir; into their future. "We want the world to know it's not all about music for us, it's about education as well," said White.
Flood shares that her experience on "America's Got Talent" was a dream come true.
Grand River Academy students receive scholarship following second
place win on 'America's Got Talent'
'Honey Look in the Mirror' to amaze audiences, Nov. 7 - 9
On November 7-9, 2019, attendees are in for a double sweet treat.
CAD, also known as Corporation for Artistic Development, plan to provide baskets of donated goods and sell concessions, desserts and dinner at their performances of "Honey Look In The Mirror" in collaboration with Cornerstone Community Development and Body of Christ Christian Center, Bishop Kenneth L Tate.
Some of the artists gracing the stage are Lareesha "Precious" White, Freddi Rene, "Polly" Verdena Taylor, Sounds of Imani Gerald and Carol Ervin, Saxophonist David Whitelaw, Keyboardist and Arranger Rich Willis, Kimberly Holmes, Tish "Lateachia Wells-Hampton, Angela Whitelaw, Deborah Wells, Andre and Charmayne Hill and Regina Mack Jones, who is also the Writer and Director.
Tickets, vendor space and ads may be ordered with debit, credit, and cash app over the telephone and via text at 313-346-6878 or online at Paypal, Facebook, firstname.lastname@example.org or at https://www.itscadbiz.org.
Some complimentary seats are available for veterans, youths aging out of foster care, burn and lupus survivors, disabled and seniors.
The CAD Showplace theater is located at 9520 Mettatal Detroit, Michigan. You may also book the show as a fundraiser or audition to feature your talent. Grant writing, photography, videography and more exciting services are being raffled off.
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