First-Ever ‘Kent Has Talent’ a Success

Kent Community Foundation hosted Kent Has Talent last Friday evening at Kent-Meridian Performing Arts Center. With more than 100 friends, fans and family in attendance, the evening was a fun night with an enthusiastic audience and amazing talent from children to adults. Thanks to everyone who attended the event and to Bender of 106.1 KISS FM for emceeing.

Congratulations to the evening’s winners!

Youth Division:  Taylor Wilson, Dancing: “Dream”
Teen Division:  Dalamari Holman, Poetry: “The Typical Black Girl”
Adult:  Crystal Martinez, Singing: “She Used To Be Mine”
Audience Choice:  Taylor Wilson
Grand Prize: Dalamari Holden

Special thanks to sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor: Bowen Scarff Ford-Lincoln of Kent
Grand Prize Sponsor: Marti Reeder of John L. Scott, Covington-Kent-Maple Valley
Youth Prize Sponsor: Cathy Wahlin, Windermere
Teen Prize Sponsor: Curran Law Firm
Adult Prize Sponsor: AAA Pest Control

Friends of Kent Community Foundation:

  • Fred Meyer
  • Cindi Cameron, Fairway Mortgage
  • Steve and Dee Klem
  • Jim and Marilyn McGinnis
  • Ina Balash
  • Harry and Marge Williams
  • Gary and Amy Lee
  • Russ and Brenda Farwell

In-Kind Sponsors

And thank you to our judges:

Auditions:  Ronda Billerbeck, City of Kent; Cindi Cameron, Kent Chamber of Commerce; Jennifer Harjehausen, City of Covington Arts Commission; Jim Renton, MPower Youth

Finals: Mayor Suzette Cooke, City of Kent; Mayor Margaret Harto, City of Covington; Chris Loftis, Kent School District

*Disclosure: Dana Neuts is on the Kent Community Foundation board, serving as scholarship chair and president-elect.


Dana Neuts

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