From Johnny Cash’s “Big River” to a dance routine to “Grease Lightning” and a patriotic medley, the Morning Pointe Foundation’s Seniors Got Talent show on August 8 offers a wide variety of performances.
The show, produced in conjunction with Morning Pointe Senior Living, starts at 7 p.m. at the Silverdale Center Creekside Theatre at 7236 Bonny Oaks Drive. The venue is part of the Silverdale Baptist Academy campus.
Tickets are on sale for $10 at https://morningpointefoundation.com/seniorsgottalent/. Seating is general admission.
Performers are ages 64-88, and the performances will include:
- The Trembling Troubadours Parkinson’s choir singing “The Lion Sleeps Tonight”
- Hoyt Rogers, singer and guitarist, performing a medley of “Big River” and “Kansas City”
- The Boots and Buckle line dancing group dancing to “Grease Lightning”
- The Starlighters Doo-Wop Band singing “You Belong to Me”
- The Hopkins Band performing “Proud Mary”
- Crystal Little, a singer and pianist, performing “I Know Who Holds Tomorrow”
- Jamie Fairbanks-Harvey, a tap dancer, dancing to “I’m Still Standing”
- Dale Sneed, electric guitarist, playing “Goodbye, World, Goodbye”
- Bonnie Hannah, pianist, performing “Patriotic Medley”
- Jim Herman singing “Bless This House”
Prizes will be awarded to the first, second, and third-place winners. The overall winner will receive $500. In addition, show attendees will be able to vote for their favorite act at $1 per vote for the People’s Choice Award, with funds going to the Morning Pointe Foundation.
The Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Morning Pointe Senior Living founded by Tennessee-based senior healthcare entrepreneurs Greg A. Vital and J. Franklin Farrow. Seniors Got Talent proceeds specifically go toward clinical scholarships for students at partner colleges.
Tour T-shirts will also be available at the show for $20 as a Foundation fundraiser.
“We have incredible talent lined up this year, and I think it’s going to be tough for our judges to determine a winner,” said Miranda Perez, Morning Pointe Foundation Executive Director. “If you have never been to Seniors Got Talent, it’s a night of entertainment and inspiration you don’t want to miss.”
Greg Funderburg, award-winning journalist/podcast host and former anchor for WTVC Newschannel 9 morning/noon news, will serve as the master of ceremonies. Judges include Rodney Van Valkenburg, executive director of the Chattanooga Theatre Centre; Steve Darmody, award-winning Christian recording artist; Ashley Rogers, a former Miss Tennessee at Cosmos United States Pageants and owner of Magic Lamp Entertainment, Knoxville Princess Parties and Kid Quest Expo; and Danielle Farrell, founder and artistic director for Encounter Artistic Movement.
Sponsors for this year’s show include Trinity Advisors; Russ Blakely & Associates, LLC; AVA; First Horizon Bank; Senior Helpers; Live Oak Caregivers, LLC; The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga School of Nursing; The Weston Group; Consolidated Medical Staffing; CarePatrol; Heritage Funeral Home; Hickory Valley Retirement; Team Darmody Keller-Williams Realty; Supreme Restaurant Equipment; Conway Twitty United; Mobile Images; Hearth Hospice; BloomHeart Flower Company; Boundless Moving & Storage; Kennedy Jewelers; Hospice of Chattanooga; James Fire Protection; ArtsBuild; MCA of Chattanooga; Avail Senior Living; Ascension Living Alexian Village; AccentCare/Guardian; ShiftKey, LLC; and Yardi.
Morning Pointe’s Seniors Got Talent is building on a 14-year tradition that began at Morning Pointe of Hixson, Tennessee. Morning Pointe also sponsors Seniors Got Talent competitions in Knoxville and Franklin, Tennessee, as well as Lexington, Kentucky.
Founded in 1997 by Vital and Farrow, Morning Pointe Senior Living owns and operates 37 assisted living, personal care, and Alzheimer’s memory care communities in five southeastern states. These include six campuses in Chattanooga, Ooltewah and Hixson. The 38th Morning Pointe community, Morning Pointe at Happy Valley, is slated to open in Walker County, Georgia, in late 2023.