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TeenFest Foundation, in partnership with Youth Thrive of Wake County, holds two auditions for students ages 14 – 19 to compete in a talent showcase with cash prizes of $1,000, $500, and $250.  All acts must be original and must have an anti-drug, anti-violence or HIV prevention theme.  Audition dates are Saturday, March 16, 1 p.m. to

4 p.m. at Wake County Commons Building, 4011 Carya Drive, Raleigh, NC and Saturday, March 30, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Lyon Park, 1309 Halley Street, Durham, NC. The top scoring acts are invited to compete at TeenFest(ival)

2K13 for the prize monies on Saturday, April 13, 2013 at Raleigh Convention Center.

A panel of local teen and adult judges scores the auditions based on originality, creativity, clarity of message, and other criteria.  “Each year we are amazed at the time and energy teens put into creating their performance pieces,” said TeenFest Foundation founder and program manager Donna-maria Harris.  “We are thrilled that they want to add their own creative voices to the call for safe and drug-free communities.” Teens interested in auditioning can log on to http://TeenFest.org for the registration form and rules.

National celebrities Trina Braxton of hit reality TV show Braxton Family Values and Lou “Bowlegged Lou” George of Grammy award winning music group Full Force have already confirmed their participation as judges for TeenFest 2K13.  They will help select the top three winning acts at the April 13 event.

TeenFest(ival) 2K13 marks the ninth year of the annual public health edu-tainment event focused on substance abuse prevention,  violence reduction and HIV prevention.  The day’s activities include workshops, information booths, a memory book for attendees to write in, audience interaction, prizes and the talent showcase.  In addition to cash prizes and trophies, talent showcase winners have additional opportunities to perform their acts in front of live audiences for one year.

Community partners include Wake County 4H Youth Development, City of Raleigh, and Chick-Fil-A Hillsborough Road in Durham.  FOX 50 is the exclusive television sponsor.

TeenFest Foundation is a non-profit organization under United Charitable Programs and works to help teens become immediate peer health educators using their own creative voices.

For more details log on to www.TeenFest.org or contact Donna-maria Harris, TeenFest program manager, at 919-630-7227 or dharris@teenfest.org


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