ASHEBORO — A sold-out crowd filled the AVS Banquet Centre Friday for the Randolph’s Got Talent 2017 variety show, an evening of entertainment and fine dining to benefit Christians United Outreach Center.
Eleven contestants vied for the top awards as the audience dined on chateaubriand, Hawaiian chicken, green beans and carrots, and a dessert of cheesecake. Lane Ragsdale, Jack Gorham and Tony Hoover served as judges. Larry Reid, a CUOC board member, was the emcee and master of ceremonies.
First place went to Josie Perdue for an acrobatic dance to “Asylum.” She took home the $500 prize. Tabitha Thatham won second place and a $250 prize for a rendition of “Crystallize” on violin. Raziel Blanco earned third place honors and the People’s Choice Award for an operatic vocal, “Bring Him Home.”
Other contestants included Marian Dabbs, expressive vocal performance; William Willard, vocal; Nick Honeycutt, instrumental; Gayle Coleman, piano; Gracie Kirkland, vocal; Avery Owen, piano; Jade Walden, vocal; and Marcello McNeil, Christian rap.
Georgianna Antoniou, People’s Choice and first place winner in 2015, provided a special guest performance.
The money raised will go to CUOC which provides basic needs such as food, clothing, rent, utilities, medication and more to 60-80 families a day.