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Talent show makes $4,100

A Hudson teen pulled off a creative senior project while raising money for a good cause: a two-hour musical variety program, helped by family and friends.

Dillon Warren planned and produced “Hudson’s Hit Parade of Stars” Nov. 3 at the Hudson Uptown Building auditorium (Hudson is about 65 miles northwest of Charlotte). He and his father said the event raised more than $4,100 for Robin’s Nest, a Lenoir-based organization that helps abused children.

A singer and drummer, Dillon performed hits from stars including Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and Muddy Waters. “The most fun was my performance of ‘Fever,’ which included my grandpa running back and forth behind me onstage with an ice pack on his head and being chased by a nurse,” said Dillon, 17, who attends Caldwell Early College High. He assembled a group of musicians that included his parents. Above, he performs “Hound Dog” with his father, center, and family friend Bill Millwood.

Once Dillon decided on the project, friends and family were all in. “It was two months of rehearsals, every Thursday night for two months,” his father said. “It was worth it.”

“We’re thinking of making this a yearly event,” Dillon said. “This sense of having helped somebody else is really overwhelming.”

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