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Third annual NOA talent show this Sunday
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Blues guitarist and singer Hughes Taylor performs “Gotta Find My Way Home” at the second annual North Georgia’s Got Talent show Oct. 13. - photo by Jessica Taylor

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Canned vegetables

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Toilet paper

Paper towels

Laundry soap

Cleaning supplies

Razors

Towels

Sheets and pillows 

The third annual North Georgia’s Got Talent Show is coming back to Dawsonville this Sunday afternoon.

Ten acts from across Georgia will gather together at the Performing Arts Center at Dawson County High School on Oct. 13 to put on a show that raises money for No One Alone (NOA), a local domestic violence shelter serving Lumpkin and Dawson counties.

Last year’s show raised more than $15,000 to support the nonprofit’s efforts to provide counseling services as well as running the emergency shelter.

The proceeds from the show go to support victims of domestic violence and abuse, the core function of NOA. Funds are raised through contestant audition and entry fees, ticket sales and sponsorships and will help pay for shelter facilities and crisis intervention and ongoing support programs, counseling and legal advocacy to families in crisis and community awareness programs.

As of last year’s talent show, more than 80 clients have been served in the shelter and 16 clients have been housed in local hotels in 2018. Support services have been provided to approximately 1,000 men, women and children through NOA’s outreach program. The organization has responded to nearly 2,000 crisis calls in 2018 and has spent over $90,000 in client assistance. All services provided by NOA are free and confidential.

This year’s show will feature singers, musicians, a gospel duo and a fire thrower who will perform a fire throwing routine with fire outside the venue before the event begins.

Cash prizes for first, second and third places will be announced by special guest judges at the end of the show. A People’s Choice Award will also be awarded to the competitor who receives the most votes in the way of donations.

Last year’s first place winner, Hughes Taylor, is scheduled to perform again this year. Taylor, a blues musician from Macon, won last year’s competition with his performance of “Gotta Find My Way Home” on his electric guitar.

The show begins at 3 p.m. on Oct. 13. Doors will open at 2:30 p.m. Admission is $10 per person or $20 for a family. The Performing Arts Center is at 1665 Perimeter Road in Dawsonville.