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Everyone Wins At Byron’s Got Talent


Byron Health Center showcased the talents of residents and staff during the 4th annual Byrons Got Talent event on Sunday, March 19th, in the Eakin Family Room at Byron Health Center, 12101 Lima Rd on the north side of Fort Wayne. Fifteen different acts performed for a crowd of over 100 people. Performances ranged from comedy, singing, dancing and even karaoke. The event featured both group and solo acts by residents and team members. Special friends of Byron Health Center, including congregation members of Keefer Creek Baptist Church and East Allen County Church of Christ, assisted with the technical production and recording. The two-hour event was hosted by Fort Waynes very own Jack Hammer, Executive Director of the Three Rivers Festival. As a lifelong MC, entertainer and musician, Hammer has shared the stage with some of the biggest names in Rock & Roll.

Participating acts were assessed on performance, presentation, production and originality by several celebrity judges including WANE TV Chief Meteorologist Nicholas Ferreri, Fort Wayne CW Station Manager Barb Richards, K105 On-Air Personality Aricka McCauley and ‎Director of the Breast Diagnostic Center at Fort Wayne Radiology Marita Dwight-Smith as well as a super-secret Byron Health Center staff judge: Tina Seale. Performers competed for special recognition and an individual trophy, in one of four performance categories including Most Entertaining Solo Act, Most Entertaining group Act, Most Original Act and Audience Choice Act. All acts received trophies of participation and were considered winners by everyone who attended the event

Im just so proud of everyone that participated in Byrons Got Talent, said Byron Health Center Director of Life Enrichment, Nichole Miller. We are so glad to showcase the many wonderful talents of our residents and staff!

Susan Sullivan, a resident at Millers Place assisted living on the Byron Health Center campus, received special recognition as the Most Entertaining Solo Act with her performance of Rainy Days and Mondays. The Single Ladies, made up of Byron Health Center residents Julie Bidwell, Jennifer Patterson, Janel Welch, Kathy Hess and Byron Health Center team and family members Mellissa Greenwood and Alexis Phelps, received special recognition as the Most Entertaining Group Act for their performance of the All the Single Ladies. Another group consisting of both residents and team members of Byron Health Center: Tammi Philips, Janel Welch and Maryann Smith received special recognition as the Most Original Act with their performance of Fight Song. Byron Health Center resident Cowboy Judd Hargis received special recognition as the Audience Choice Act by performing Folsom Prison Blues.