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Seniors Got Talent Knoxville, TN

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On November 14th, 2021, 10 Seniors performed in the Big Show “Seniors Got Talent” at The Bijou Theatre.

Congratulations to all contestants for a superb performance! 

The Morning Pointe Foundation Seniors Got Talent Franklin People’s Choice Award winner went to 91-year-old singer, Henry Boerner with his rendition of Elvis’ “Can’t Help Falling in Love.” He even took the stage in costume!

Our 3rd place winner for this year’s Morning Pointe Foundation Seniors Got Talent Franklin is the five-piece bluegrass band Early Morning String Dusters performing “No Hiding Place.”

2nd place for our Morning Pointe Foundation Seniors Got Talent Franklin goes to 66-year-old singing pianist, Wayne Pugh with the song, “I Know The Lord Will Make A Way.”

Coming in 1st place, Deborah Cable, 70-year-old pianist! She transported the audience with her medley of “Rustle of Spring” and “Clair de Lune.” What a wonderful night showcasing some of the best talent in Knoxville at the Morning Pointe Foundation Seniors Got Talent!

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All proceeds benefit the work of the Morning Pointe Foundation providing nursing scholarships and caregiver support programs. 

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Enjoy a short recap of Morning Pointe Seniors Got Talent Knoxville, TN 2021.

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HOST: TED HALL

Evening Anchor & Managing Editor for

WVLT-TV Channel 8

Ted Hall is thrilled to call East Tennessee home…again.

He is the evening anchor and Managing Editor for WVLT-TV channel 8.

Ted moved to Knoxville in 1988 to be the weekend sports anchor at WBIR-TV. 

After nearly 20 years on the air in various jobs he left to be the main anchor at WXIA-TV in Atlanta.

8 years later he decided he and his family really wanted to be back where all 3 of his kids, with wife Lesa, were born. 

Judges

W. James Taylor

2021 Knoxville Seniors Got Talent Winner

Taylor, born and raised in Knoxville’s Lonsdale Homes neighborhood, is an award-winning pastel artist. He is an instructor at the Knoxville Museum of Art, a Mayor-appointed member of the Knoxville Arts Committee (2016-2023), and a former board member of the Fountain City Art Center. His gallery—Geneva Galleries Inc. (named for his mother Geneva)—is located in The Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville. Taylor is also an award-winning singer/songwriter. The winner of the 2021 Morning Pointe Seniors Got Talent Knoxville (Knoxville’s first Morning Point-sponsored Seniors Got Talent), he will serve as a judge for the 2022 competition, and, based on his first-place Seniors Got Talent performance, will be among performers in NBC’s America’s Got Talent 2023 competition.

Susan Arp

Independent Fund Development & Public Relations Consultant

Susan Sellers Arp is an independent fund development and public relations consultant with more than 40 years of experience and expertise in fund development consultation for non-profit organizations, development and execution of public relations strategies, branding campaigns and events, and coordinating media and community relations for her clients. Susan has been an affiliate of SRW & Associates, an association of independent public affairs and public relations professionals since its founding in 2004. She has previously served as an Administrative and Development Director of Knoxville Opera.

Dale Mackey

Co-Founder at The Central Collective

Originally from Chicago, Dale Mackey moved to Knoxville in 2008 with a plan to stay for exactly one year. Fourteen years later, she now runs Dale’s Fried Pies, which just celebrated its 10 year anniversary in business, as well as The Central Collective, a mixed-use creative event space that she operates with local photographer, stud muffin, and excellent husband Shawn Poynter. When she’s not making pies or throwing parties, Dale is very invloved in the Knoxville art scene and works closely with the Knoxville Art Alliance. You can stay tuned for her next big idea at dalemackey.com 

 

Nicholas Horner

Songwriter, producer and community creator

Raised in the mountains of central Pennsylvania, Knoxville-based Nicholas Horner headed south after seven years of living in NYC as a working/touring songwriter, producer and community creator.  He got his start as a fellow for Make Music New York from which he launched Porch Stomp, NYC’s biggest free-folk festival for 9 years running, as well as Flatfoot Flatbush, Brooklyn’s annual old-time music parade.  His various projects have landed him features in the New York Times, on NPR and even the opportunity to write and perform the theme song for an international United Nations conference in Ecuador for delegates from around the world.  

 

He is the founder of Make Music Knoxville, the Knoxville chapter hosting the city’s international day of music celebration, and is hard at work preparing for the second annual Carol Cart coming to Downtown Knoxville this December 21st!  

www.nickhornerfamily.com

Susan Richardson Williams

Leader in Public Affairs and Business

Susan Richardson Williams has spent 40 years in the public and private sector working primarily in the government and community relations arenas and is well-known throughout the region as a leader in public affairs and business.

In addition to years of expertise, Susan brings her relationships within government, industry, and the media to her clients, which include Gulf & Ohio Railways, Merit Construction, The Locust Street Group, and The Utility Management Federation.

Prior to launching SRW & Associates, Susan managed the Knoxville office of The Ingram Group, a statewide public relations firm. She has been in the Cabinet of two Governors and on the staff of a third. She was a Tennessee press representative for a U.S. Senator and was elected Chair of the Tennessee Republican Party. Williams also served for eight years as Associate Athletics Director with the University of Tennessee Lady Vols.

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