‘A Night in Hollywood’ shows off Special Olympians’ talents


By Linda Moody - lmoody@aimmedianetwork.com



GREENVILLE — The third annual A Night in Hollywood event attracted many attendees Saturday evening at Greenville High School.

The night benefited Darke County Special Olympics and was planned and organized by the Greenville CTC Supply Chain Management students with help from their teacher and Greenville Business and Professional Women Club member Dara Buchy.

Held in the gymnasium, the event lasted from 5:30-9 p.m. with many events in between, including a talent show, performances by the Greenville High School’s Jazz Scene and Wavaires, two of Mississinawa Valley’s Japanese Taiko drumming teams, a silent art auction, Guess Who’s the Baby game, an awards ceremony and raffle and the presentation of creators’ awards. Also featured were the “stars” of the evening with paparazzi on the red carpet, where Special Olympian’s photos and brief bios were displayed on the Wall of Fame.

A talent show and artwork on display showcased the Special Olympic participants by opening their artistic abilities.

Travis Grooms sang the National Anthem to start off the evening.

This year’s chairpersons, Victoria Landis and Devin Hendrix, spoke to the audience as did two of the original team members Addison Hart and Terin Ellis. Joe Smith emceed the night’s program.

“This started our junior year,” said Hart. “That was a huge success and the next year was also a success and we’re hoping it will be this year, too.”

She said with the money, they have been able to start summer camps for Special Olympians.

Talent was presented in 10 acts by nine Special Olympians. Singing solos were Gabby Smith and Mason Willis (two songs); dance routines were performed by Lauren Warner and Matt Strickland as well as Ryan Burnett (who also played a keyboard piece), Elizabeth Brewer (who also sang with Maria Tippin with three of the Wavaires) and Carter Suttle; while Christian Ross performed a tune on the xylophone.

The Taiko drum group is in its 10th year of performance. Director Audrey Hathaway said she and Becky Burnett started the group.

“We write our own music and they create it,” Hathaway said of the students. “We are going to have a dinner theater on May 13 at Mississinawa to earn money for a trip the band will be taking to St. Louis in 2018.”

Special Olympians created and donated their artwork to be displayed and bid on by attendees of the event. Highest bidder took home the artwork.

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By Linda Moody

lmoody@aimmedianetwork.com

This writer may be reached at 937-569-4315. Follow her on Facebook and join the conversation and get updates on Facebook by searching Darke County Sports or Advocate 360. For more features online go to dailyadvocate.com.

This writer may be reached at 937-569-4315. Follow her on Facebook and join the conversation and get updates on Facebook by searching Darke County Sports or Advocate 360. For more features online go to dailyadvocate.com.