The purpose of Tri-State Stars is to raise a minimum of $20,000 to help the Child Advocacy Center at Hoops Family Children’s Hospital and to support the WV Children's Home Society.


The Hoops Family Children’s Hospital Child Advocacy Center and the West Virginia Children’s Home Society were chosen by the committee that developed Tri-State Stars.


Please see the rules page for a detailed listing of all rules for Tri-State Stars.


All performers participating in Tri-State Stars will need to follow the guidelines related to dress that are presented in the rules for the competition.


Tickets to Round 2 of the competition are will only be available at the door of the Keith Albee Performing Arts Center and will be provided on a first come first serve basis. Tickets to Round 3 will be available online.

Golden Ticket

The act in Round 2 that raises the most community support through fundraising (a minimum of $5,000) will receive a “Golden Ticket” or automatic entry into Round 3. Each performer making it into the second round will be given a crowd-funding page. They can do as much or as little with this as they want. It will be tracked on Facebook between March 5-15, and the winner, “Philanthropic Grand Champion,” will be announced March 16.


1st Place – People’s Choice*

This award will be given to the act that raises the most money for the Neonatal Therapeutic Unit at Cabell Huntington Hospital and the Children’s Home Society of West Virginia.The winner of this will receive $1,000 and a trophy.

Selection Process

  • The audience will vote using a voting app on their personal electronic device.
  • Each individual act will be assigned a specific phone number that will correlate with the text-to-vote process. Performers will be able to begin promoting and letting others know what their number will be starting March 19. The availability to start voting will begin 48 hours prior to the Round 3 finals.
  • There will also be an option to purchase votes on-site the day of event for the various competitors for those not able to purchase via the voting app platform.

1st Place – Judges Choice

The award will be given to the act that receives the judges’ vote for the best act. This will be done with a private ballot after each act. Those ballots will be collected after each act and a winner will be chosen. The winner of this award will receive $500 and a trophy.

1st Place – Philanthropic Grand Champion

This award will be given to the act that raises the most money for the Hoops Family Children’s Hospital and Children's Home Society of WV.

Selection Process

  • After Round 1, the 20 selected participants moving on to Round 2 will be set-up with a page on www.GivingFuel.com where the community can go and vote/pay for a vote to advance their chosen act in the competition. The competitor who receives the most votes and raises a minimum of $5,000 will receive the Golden Ticket, advancing them directly to the Round 3 finals.
  • The contestants will sign a contract agreeing that all money received through community voting will go to the designated nonprofits for the event.
  • The Philanthropic Grand Champion voting window will be March 1-15, 2018. At the end of that time, prior to Round 2 auditions on March 17, whoever has received the most money/votes (must a minimum of $5,000) will get an automatic position in the finals.
  • The winner of Philanthropic Grand Champion will need to be present for Round 2 on March 17 in order to get promotional materials together for the push for Round 3.
  • Only groups competing in Round 3 can win the Philanthropic Grand Champion award.
  • Sponsorship

    Sponsor of this event is Dutch Miller Automotive.

    Keith Albee

    The Keith Albee Performing Arts Center, also known as the Keith Albee Theatre, is located at 925 4th Avenue in Huntington, WV.


    Round 1 Videos: Our judges are not looking for editing or production value in the videos. They are looking for raw talent captured on video. Example: Use your phone and capture yourself singing. Use your computer to capture yourself playing an instrument. Maybe you performed a solo 30 years ago and have the performance recorded. You can either submit that video by uploading the file or you can upload it to YouTube or Vimeo and put the link in your application. Keep the video simple but let your talent shine. Please make sure you follow the rules.

13 Apr

TriState Stars

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