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First Night Buffalo to kids in WNY: Show us your talents and touchdown dances!


Fri, Oct 28th 2022 12:15 pm

Independent Health Foundation seeking videos to be shared, awarded as part of First Night festivities

A new, fun feature of the Independent Health Foundation’s First Night Buffalo 2023 will highlight the talent of Western New York kids. Children 17 years old and younger are invited to submit a video clip of their best touchdown celebrations or traditional talents to the Independent Health Foundation to be shared and awarded as part of First Night Buffalo 2023.

Through Sunday, Nov. 20, individual or groups of kids can submit their videos at www.firstnightbuffalo.org/talent with a parent or guardian signed permission (see all rules and requirements online).

“We know kids throughout Western New York have many special talents to share and have had many chances to celebrate touchdowns so far this season,” said Carrie Meyer, executive director, Independent Health Foundation. “Now we want to give them the opportunity to show them off as part of the festivities planned for First Night Buffalo 2023!”

Videos approved by the First Night Buffalo committee will be posted to be viewed as part of the free lineup of performances and activities for First Night Buffalo on Dec. 31 online at www.firstnightbuffalo.org.

Plus, the top contenders will be eligible to win cash prizes, BumpBoxx Bluetooth speakers and more. All prize details are listed online.

Videos of touchdown celebrations are recommended to be approximately 15 seconds. Talent demonstrations are recommended to be 60-90 seconds and may include singing, dancing, magic, comedy, juggling, instrumental music or other entertaining talent.

All videos submitted must be accompanied by a submission form available online that includes verification of a parent or guardian’s permission. Absolutely no profanity or insensitive subject matter will be permitted. All submissions will be screened for appropriateness by the First Night Buffalo committee, whose decisions are considered final. Complete rules and requirements to submit a video are available online at www.firstnightbuffalo.org/talent.

First Night Buffalo

First Night Buffalo, sponsored by the Independent Health Foundation in partnership with Oishei Children’s Hospital, will feature free performances and activities accessible online at www.firstnightbuffalo.org on Dec. 31. First Night family party packs, “including everything a family of four needs to celebrate New Year’s Eve at home,” will be going on sale at select Tops Friendly Markets in early December.

First Night Buffalo, one of the Independent Health Foundation’s signature events, will mark its 34th year as an event full of activities and entertainment for the entire family.

Independent Health Foundation Celebrating its 30th Anniversary in 2022

The Independent Health Foundation works to improve the health and well-being of Western New York residents through awareness, prevention, education and other programs focused on community health priorities.

The Independent Health Foundation was founded in 1992 after the original organizers of First Night Buffalo asked Independent Health to become a sponsor. After the third year of First Night, the Independent Health Foundation was founded to begin producing the event and has continued to develop all its programs and initiatives for the past 30 years.

The Independent Health Foundation has celebrated its 30th anniversary through its events and activities throughout 2022. For more information about the Independent Health Foundation, visit www.independenthealthfoundation.org.

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