A Talent Show Worthy of Its Own TV Show

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RES SUCCESS, a successful day program facility for the severely mentally disabled, is hosting its second annual talent show on Saturday, September19, 2009 from 2:00-4:00 p.m.

RES SUCCESS, a successful Contra Costa County day facility for the severely mentally disabled, hosts its second annual talent show at the Campbell Theater in Martinez on Saturday, September19, 2009 from 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Given the popularity of talent shows on television, it is clear the public loves watching unknown performers get on a stage to give it their best. As Britain's Got Talent contestant Susan Boyle made us all question our preconceived notions, these adult students performing will certainly shatter any preconceptions about the capability or heart of the mentally disabled population.

The talent show is open to the public and will take place at 636 Ward Street in Martinez. RES SUCCESS is recommending a $10 donation to attend. The event will also include a big raffle with all proceeds going to the music programs at each RES SUCCESS facility. The event is sponsored by several local businesses such as the Campbell Theater, who graciously donated use of the venue.

"Last year's talent show made us all laugh and cry. It was simply amazing watching our students show their creativity and inner spirit through performance," said Executive Director Ian Bremner.

With this event, RES SUCCESS has one goal in mind – to give its talented students the chance to shine and to have fun and smile. It is also an opportunity for participants to positively communicate their feelings outside the program. The event will present about two dozen musical, dance, and theatrical acts. Participants will receive recognition for their efforts by a panel of judges while a select few will receive awards for the most inspiring acts.

Some of the scheduled performances include: Theatrical Skit, "The Wizard of Oz", Singers performing the "New Divide", "Stand by Me", "Part of Your World," and "Hard Days Night". Others will dance to "Sexy Back","Don't Stop Till You Get Enough", and Michael Jackson's "Beat It." Others will read poems, play instruments and act in a scene.

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"This (show) really delves into the fun aspect of what we go through every day in the midst of everyone's educational and vocational goals," says Christina Griego, the talent show director and a member of the RES SUCCESS staff. "We hope our students come away from this with a greater sense of self-worth and high esteem. We want them to realize they really are strong individuals. Just overcoming the fear of performing is praise worthy enough for anyone," she said.

Founded in 1994, RES SUCCESS (Redefining Educational Services) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization offering day services to individuals with developmental disabilities and/or mental illnesses. Many of these individuals have moderate to severe behavioral challenges and are individuals who are traditionally referred to state-run hospitals.

Currently, RES SUCCESS is comprised of four student centers, two in Martinez, which serves 20 and 30 clients, respectively; one in Pleasant Hill which serves 45, and a new green facility in Pittsburg, which serves 70 clients. The centers provide education, training and a daytime community structure for adults with mild to profound developmental disabilities. This show offers a special chance for several students to demonstrate the talents they cultivated at RES SUCCESS.

RES SUCCESS has operated under the impassioned belief that there has to be a better way of serving developmentally disabled adults. The organization believes that every human deserves to lead a fulfilling life and achieve his or her own personal potential. RES SUCCESS fully supports its students through specially designed behavioral modification and community inclusion programs. For more information, go to http://www.ressuccess.org.

Contact: Christine Temple-Wolfe


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