Washington's Got Talent!
January 29, 2011

WASHINGTON, PA -- The cream of Washington County's young performers will vie for cash and other prizes Jan. 29 in "Washington's Got Talent," a fund-raiser for The Washington Hospital's Teen Outreach.

Auditions, 12 in all, are being held throughout Washington County schools in December and January. Hundreds of middle- and high-school students have been auditioning for 14 spots as finalists. Those finalists will perform in front of an audience at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 29, Trinity High School in Washington. Four celebrity judges plus a vote of the audience will determine first-, second- and third-place winners that night.

Audience admission to "Washington's Got Talent" will be $10 per adult, $5 for teen-agers and children. Doors will be opening at 5:00 pm for Chinese auction; audience voting and food will be available for purchase courtesy of Angelo’s restaurant. We will also feature a teen bake off where incredible treats will be available for purchase. Performers will be from Washington High School, Washington Park Middle School, Trinity High School, Chartiers-Houston High School, Fort Cherry High School, Peters Township High School, Burgettstown High School, Charleroi High School, Canon Mac High School and John F. Kennedy Middle School.

The first-place winner will receive $1000. The second-place finalist will receive $500 and the third-place finisher will receive $250. Each of the three winners will also receive the opportunity to perform at the Washington County Fair and at a Washington Wild Things game this summer. Donna Belajac Casting will also sit with the winner of “Washington’s Got Talent” for a one-on-one mentoring meeting.

Entertainment will also be provided by Vulcanize California University All Male Acapella Group and The CMU Originals and a special acoustic performance by the lead singer of Ruff Creek

"Washington's Got Talent" is the only fund-raiser of The Washington Hospital Teen Outreach.  Teen Outreach began in 1988 and now reaches more than 18,000 youth a year through educational programming in all 14 Washington County school districts. Their mission is to inspire, educate, respect, advocate for and empower young people One Kid at a Time!™.  "Washington's Got Talent" is being presented by the Students Helping Others Committee (SHO) of The Washington Hospital Foundation.

DPS Penn is a gold sponsor of "Washington's Got Talent."

For more information about "Washington's Got Talent" please call Amy Podgurski Gough at (724) 222-2311 or via email at agough@healthyteens.com.