When I was in grade school, I was selected to be part of a district chorale in Detroit – one of my happiest memories while it lasted. So I easily related to the excitement when the Detroit Youth Choir was named runner up on NBC’s America’s Got Talent, even though there was no cash reward for second place.
A big surprise came when the Choir returned to the Motor City and Mayor Mike Duggan made a major announcement as hundreds turned out to cheer them at Campus Martius – the Choir will be receiving $1 million after all.
As the CEO of the Skiliman Foundation Tonya Allen told the returning heroes, “We are incredibly proud of what the Detroit Youth Choir achieved during their time on America’s Got Talent and we look forward to what’s next for them.” Skillman was one of the charitable partners who helped fund a $1 million endowment. “This fund is a way for Detroiters to celebrate and grow the genius of our children.”
In addition, the Mayor gave the DYC a key to the city and each member got replica keys to have in their own homes. “In your life, you’re going to go far and wide and you’re going to accomplish great things,” he said.
Choir director Anthony White was at a loss for words after all of Friday’s developments. “This is hard work, sacrifice. I can’t even talk,” he said. “I appreciate every donor and sponsor. This is amazing,”
The announcements keep coming. The choir will perform with season 14 winner Kodi Lee in Las Vegas Nov, 7-10. The two acts will be at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel and Casino, along with fellow finalists comedian Ryan Niemiller, V Unbeatable Dance Crew and violinist Tyler Butler-Figueroa. Finally, it was also announced the choir will serve as grand marshal for the 2019 edition of America’s Thanksgiving Parade in Detroit. This year’s theme is Detroit Shining Bright and yes, thanks to the incredible talent of the Detroit Youth Choir, the city is truly shining bright!