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The Committee to Enrich Highland Park’s Youth Announces Line-Up and Beneficiary for October 23 Fundraising Event

Talent Show Fundraiser

Source: Committee to Enrich Highland Parks Youth / Highland Park Alumni

Highland Park, MI  —  Some of Highland Park’s most talented and accomplished performers will once again help raise funds for youth enrichment initiatives at the 2nd Highland Park High School Alumni Talent Show and Fundraiser to be held on Friday, October 23, 2015, at Detroit Unity Temple.

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Like last year at the inaugural event, an eclectic group of performers representing multiple decades of Highland Parkers will lend their talent for the cause.  The diverse performers include the popular comedian and 105.9 FM radio host Coco; twenty-year guitarist for Parliament-Funkadelic Tony “Strat” Thomas; Award- winning rapper Supa MC; Vocalist Venna Keith who recorded and performed with Michael Henderson; and Yolanda Whitteaker-Windom aka YoYo, Grammy-nominated hip-hop artist and actress and Highland Park’s first lady.  Singing sensation Vichae Nance, from Highland Park Community High School’s class of 2015, represents the current pipeline of Highland Park performers. Talented gospel singers, dancers and musicians complete this year’s roster.

“The number of accomplished performers hailing from Highland Park is incredible,” according to Karla Hall, the Committee member responsible for talent recruitment.  “Full and part-time performers from Highland Park are so successful we have a difficult time filling our slots for the volunteer show because so many of them have paid engagements locally or they’re on the road.”

For this reason, popular acts from 2014 including jazz violinist Darrell Looney M.D., Grammy-nominated drummer Gaylynn McKinney, and Rick Robinson, twenty-two year double bassist with the DSO, will not be participating this year.

A unique aspect of this year’s talent show is the inclusion of several guest M.C.’s.

“So many alumni raised their hand to support our event beyond financial donations, but we all cannot sing, dance or play a musical instrument,” commented Deblon Jackson, the event’s Musical Director.

Individuals including Vickie Thomas, WWJ Newsradio Reporter and Highland Parker, will take their turn at the microphone to introduce the performers.

All proceeds from the event will be donated to enhance programming at the City’s recreation center.

“Our goal is for every youth in Highland Park to have easy, free access to productive recreational, educational and after-school activities,” said Committee co-chairs Charlene Turner-Johnson and Eleanor Blackwell.

The Talent Show would not be possible without the generous support from a variety of sponsors including Dialog Direct, Fifth Third Bank, Greektown Casino, PNC Bank, Gregory Terrell and Company and Michigan Ministries of Ascension Health.

Event Information

The Committee to Enrich Highland Park’s Youth 2nd Alumni Talent Show and Fundraiser

Friday, October 23, 2015

Detroit Unity Temple, 17505 Second Avenue, Detroit, MI 48203

Free, secure parking available

5:30-9 PM       (VIP/Sponsor Reception 5:30-6:45 PM. Talent Show 7-9 PM)

Tickets:    $20 General Admission

                        $50 includes VIP Reception and Prime seating for the Talent Show

                        (Prices slightly higher at the door)


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About the Committee to Enrich Highland Parks Youth

A group of concerned Highland Parkers came together last year on behalf of the youth of Highland Park, Michigan.  The group is comprised of current and former residents who are business, academic, philanthropic and community leaders.  They recognize their beloved Highland Park continues to experience financial hardships, but acknowledge that the children are not at fault.  The children deserve an opportunity to learn, experience, grow and succeed.  According to the most recent census, there are approximately 2,000 children, age 5-18, living in Highland Park. The Committee’s goal is to determine, based on research, the needs of the youth, and to help fulfill those needs to enhance the success of youth in Highland Park “from cradle to career”.


For Further Information:

Contact Malesa Owens-McGhee


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