Payne County’s Got Talent? You Bet it Does!

Story provided by Payne County Youth Services

Payne County Youth Services will host its annual fundraising event, An Evening to Remember, on April 30, 2021, at the McKnight Center for the Performing Arts, at OSU. This year’s theme is “Let Your Talent Shine”, and performers from throughout Payne County are invited to audition for a spot in the show.

’Let Your Talent Shine’ is a wonderful opportunity for the community to experience the diverse and unique talents of our neighbors,” said Payne County Youth Services Board of Directors Chairperson, Dustin Shanks. “The event is also an opportunity for entertainers to perform in the world-class McKnight Center and gain visibility and new fans. There’s no limit to the talent we expect to discover.” 

Performers are encouraged to submit a 3-minute audition video by March 14, 2021. There is no cost to submit. Information about submission can be found at or on Facebook.  

The entire Payne County community will be invited to watch auditions online at  and vote securely on the PCYS website and Facebook page for their favorite performances between March 15 and March 31. Each vote costs just a dollar, money that goes to support Payne County Youth Services programs. The 10 contestants with the highest number of votes will be invited to perform at the Friday, April 30 event at the McKnight Center. 

The event is expected to draw about 200 people in person, with limited seating capacity, social-distancing and masking safety precautions of the venue in place. Patrons can attend either in-person at the McKnight Center or through a virtual option, which will still entitle guests to all the food and fun of the evening, through a drive-up opportunity to take the same great meal home as our in-person guests will enjoy. There is no limit to the number of guests who can pick up a meal and attend virtually with live-streaming via a protected log-in provided. In-person guests may enjoy an open bar while those taking dinner home to enjoy and watch the show may receive a token for canned Iron Monk beer products. We are grateful to Iron Monk for sponsoring this premium addition to the take-home meals. Individual tickets to the event are $75 each and dinner is included. Sponsorships are also available at varying levels to fit your needs.  Best of all, all proceeds from the event will support programming of Payne County Youth Services that include emergency sheltering for homeless, abused, neglected, at-risk or Safe Place children and youth, mental health and substance abuse counseling and support, suicide prevention programs, LGBTQ resilience services, transitional living program, in-school services, school-based training for faculty/staff, parenting education and support and other vital services to strengthen families and young people. All services are offered free of charge to the service recipient and their families, have continued throughout the pandemic, and been adapted as needed for online services. For more information email [email protected], visit the PCYS website or Facebook, or call 405-377-3380.  Send in your audition videos and get your reservations and sponsorships now!  #itsallforthekids