|High Country's Got Talent|
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|Thursday, 31 October 2013 06:35|
Wine to Water, a nonprofit working to fight the water epidemic in third-world countries, is hosting a High Country's Got Talent fundraiser on Dec. 15 at 3 p.m. at Watauga High School. The show will include acts from Avery, Ashe, and Watauga counties, as well as all surrounding areas. All ages and acts are welcome to participate.
According to Wine to Water, lack of clean water is the number one worldwide killer of children. Nearly 800 million people worldwide lack access to adequate water. Over 3 million people die each year from a water related disease, and of those, one child dies every 21 seconds.
Wine to Water was founded by Doc Hendley in 2003. He dreamed up the concept of the organization while bartending and playing music in nightclubs around Raleigh, North Carolina. The first fundraiser was held in January 2004 and by August of that same year Doc was living in Darfur, Sudan, installing water systems for victims of the government supported genocide. When Doc returned home in August 2005, the haunting memories of what he had seen in Darfur drove him to continue building the organization he started two years before.
Wine To Water became an official 501(c)(3) in 2007.
"When the idea came to me to start Wine To Water the only real world job experience I had was tending bar," he said. "I dreamed of building an organization that fought water related death and disease using completely different methods than anyone else. So I started raising money to fight this water epidemic the best way I knew how, by pouring wine and playing music."
Hendley's dream, and now the goal of Wine To Water, is to quench the thirst of the needy in a way that sets them apart from the rest of the world. Wine to Water is devoted to fighting the water and sanitation epidemic.
"Our goal is to give the fortunate population an opportunity to fight for those who can't fight for themselves," Hendley said.
Wine to Water is making a difference in the world by drilling one well at a time in countries including Sudan, India, Cambodia, Uganda, Ethiopia, and Haiti. The organization relies on fundraisers and the concern and help of others to reach their goals. Presently, they are planning a mission trip to assist people in Peru. Any fundraising earnings beyond the cost of the trip will be directly donated to Wine to Water for future trips.
To help facilitate this exciting and inspirational adventure, the Maji Club (the Wine to Water Watauga High School Chapter) is hosting a new twist on talent shows and is introducing High Country's Got Talent, this fall. High Country's Got Talent will be complete with exciting, fun, amazing acts and is welcoming anyone and everyone. All participants will be given a commemorative HCGT t-shirt and spectators are welcome to buy a shirt and all are encouraged to have fun at the photo booth to create memories.
Primary auditions will be held November 23, beginning at 11 a.m. The fee for auditions will be $10 per act, to be accepted at the audition. Tickets to the final show on Dec. 15 will be $15. Show tickets may be reserved, but will also be available at the door. Sign up online at www.highcountrytalent.wix.com/hcgt to reserve a time to audition. First place in the show will win a cash reward of $250, second place will receive a $125 cash prize and there will also be a "Viewer's Choice" award.
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