Christian Youth Theater Talent-Thon finale on June 20

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A National Youth Theater arts program with a local branch here in San Diego, is hosting an on-line Talent-Thon to help raise funds for all Christian Youth Theater programs across the country.

This year marks 40 years of CYT (founded in San Diego by Paul & Sheryl Russell) and the COVID pandemic has put non-profit arts education organizations like this in jeopardy.

But students and families are sharing their talent to help CYT in this time, with a goal to raise $1,000,000! cyt.org/talent allows anyone, even if you’re not in CYT, to create your own talent page to share with others and ask them to “Vote” by donating for your talent video. Every $1 is a vote.

CYT has raised over $120,000 and has over 515 participants for the National CYT Talent-Thon (numbers can be updated by me the morning of)

The winners will be announced during an online “Finale Show” on Saturday, June 20th at 3 p.m., on CYT.org. Anyone can tune in to see a celebration of talent from all over the country, and also put in any last-minute “votes” (donations) for their favorite contestant.

CYT will be hosting a “Give Back” opportunity during the 1st hour of the finale show when the final “votes” (donations) are coming in. In an effort to continue to grow towards greater inclusion and accessibility for all, a portion of the funds received from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 20th will be dedicated to help launch or expand programs that include the underserved population in participating CYT Branch communities.

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