Morris County Has Talent

by Elsie Walker

Morris County has talent, and now it can prove it while raising money for two good causes. On Saturday, February 1st at 3pm, The Church of the Hills, located at 3545 US Highway 206, Bedminster, will host a talent show for ages five through adults. Trophies will be given in three different age categories and one trophy will go to the overall winner. The registration fee is $15.00. Registration forms are due by January 24th and can be obtained at (Rehearsals will be held on Friday, January 31st at individually assigned times.) The admission fee on the day of the show is $5.00 per person. Proceeds from the event will benefit nine Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in New Jersey and the Church of the Hills’s Youth Group’s mission trip to Romania.

Coordinating the event are two sisters: Angelina and Samantha Rizzuto of Long Valley. The idea for the talent show came from Samantha, who is the reigning Miss New Jersey’s Outstanding Teen and an accomplished singer.
“I know as a performer I am always looking for ways to share my talent. I believe since there are so many performing arts businesses in the area, there must be many other people like myself who would love an opportunity to share their talent. When you play a sport, you have weekly games where you can play and show off what you have been practicing. Many times as a performer, there is only a recital or concert once or twice a year. A talent show is an opportunity to shine while sharing your talent,” said Rizzuto.

Judges for the event include Ellen Chu, the reigning Miss Tri-County who will be competing in the Miss New Jersey pageant this spring. A dancer, Chu is from Somerset.

The proceeds from the talent show will benefit groups close to the sisters.
Angelina Rizzuto is a member of the Church of the Hills Youth Ministry. The ministry is planning a mission trip to Romania, where the teens will be visiting children’s orphanages and gypsy villages, which are among the poorest in Romania. While she does not plan on going at this time, Angelina does want to support other members of the group who will. Also, the proceeds will be a “thank you” for the donation of their facility and staff on the day of the show.

“The Children’s Miracle Network was selected because we have a strong desire to reach families with life-altering illnesses,” said Samantha Rizzuto.

In addition, Samantha Rizzuto has a tie to the organization. She is a titleholder in the Miss America system and The Children’s Miracle Network is supported by the Miss America organization. Thus, as a titleholder, Rizzuto wanted to support it, too.

“The Children’s Miracle Network Hospital is the largest hospital of its kind, serving 16,000 children. These children are suffering life-altering illnesses like brain injury, spinal cord injury, premature birth, autism, and developmental delays. Many of these children’s families cannot afford the hospital bill month after month and year after year…..The proceeds raised by the talent show will be donated to the nine Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals located in New Jersey,” shared Samantha Rizzuto.

For more information on Morris County Has Talent, email the Rizzuto sisters at, visit their Facebook page at Tal Show, or call them at 908-246-7007.

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