St. Clair County's "Got Talent" organizers

St. Clair County’s “Got Talent” judges and emcees prepare for this weekend’s event, scheduled for Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. A portion of proceeds will support the Zachary Mason Memorial Foundation.

Music was one of the biggest parts of Zachary Mason’s life.

He and his father, Randy Mason, could often be found sharing the stage.Randy’s involvement with the Pell City Players gave Zach the opportunity to spend time in the spotlight, and the community couldn’t help but connect with his infections love of music and performance.

Zach, who was born with Down syndrome, lost his life to a sudden illness in 2012. With his death, the community lost a beloved member of its arts community. But Randy Mason is working to see Zach’s legacy live on through other local students.

The Zachary Mason Memorial Foundation is a local nonprofit that provides annual scholarships to students seeking to further their education in the fields of music and arts. Launched by the Mason family following Zach’s death, it’s since provided two St. Clair County students with scholarships to help them continue in music education.

And with another class of graduates seeking to continue their schooling in 2015, Randy hopes to see as many people as possible pack the Pell City Center this Saturday for the inaugural St. Clair County’s “Got Talent.” Fifty percent of the proceeds from every ticket sold for the event will support the Foundation and bring the Mason family one step closer to furthering Zach’s legacy for another year.

Created by The Pell City Center For Education And The Performing Arts (CEPA), “Got Talent” gives local residents a chance to show off their skills in singing, dancing, acting and musical performance.

The event, scheduled for Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. at CEPA, will present the audience with more than an hour of entertainment from some of St. Clair’s brightest stars. Those who participate will perform for a panel of celebrity judges including Kristy White, Tony Ivey, Scott Whitney and Clay Boyce. Prizes will be awarded to the top acts.

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the CEPA box office at (205) 338-1974 or visit pellcitycenter.com.

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