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More than 200 people attended The “Williamston’s Got Talent” show fundraiser held Saturday evening at the Caroline Community Center in Williamston.

Winners were: 1st place – Austin Irby with a crowd pleasing rendition of “Mean Woman Blues” by Elvis (center). 2nd place – Adams Family scene and song from the musical “Annie” entitled “It’s a hard knock life” with Clara, Emma, Audrey and Olivia Adams 9right). 3rdplace -Michael Davis-singing a country song (left).

Twenty-to performers from all over the upstate performed before an enthusiastic standing room only crowd and a panel of local celebrity judges including Lawann Neely, gospel artist and winner of the 2011 Spiritfest Legends competition, Anthony Gresham, gospel music recording artist, Kenneth Dean, pastor of Mount Zion Baptist Church in Belton, Williamston Mayor Carthel Crout, and The Journal Editor and Spring Water Festival Chairman, David Meade. FOX Carolina news reporter Will Jones will hosted.

The Caroline Community Center, managed by the Williamston Action Community Club, is a haven for the area’s senior citizens, where they attend daily fitness and nutrition programs and community meetings and events. During the summer, the WACC also hosts a free summer camp for area children.

The talent show helped raise money to help the center keep its doors open and continue to provide these critical programs. PlanIt! Upstate, an event-planning company that organizes fundraisers for nonprofit organizations organized and presented the show.