Detroit Youth Choir Will Still Receive $1 Million After Finishing Second On ‘America’s Got Talent’

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 18: Detroit Youth Choir attends the Season 14 Finale of "America's Got Talent" at Dolby Theatre on September 18, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Detroit Youth Choir Will Still Receive $1 Million After Finishing Second On ‘America’s Got Talent’

Several local foundations and business leaders announced an endowment for DYC on Friday.

Published September 22, 2019

Written by Paul Meara

Detroit Youth Choir will reportedly be receiving $1 million after all.

According to the Detroit Free Press, several local-based foundations and businesses announced the generous endowment for the choir Friday (September 20) at the group’s Detroit homecoming show.

DYC finished second on America’s Got Talent and their amazing knack for performance drew hundreds out to cheer from a packed Campus Martius. The homecoming was a partnership between WDIV-TV, the NBC affiliate that broadcasted AGT, the city of Detroit and the Downtown Detroit Partnership.

"I was watching you guys and you and Kodi Lee are on that stage, and my heart's in my throat," Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said before making the big announcement. "When they announced it was Kodi Lee, I was a little disappointed for a second, but I was like, 'He deserves a million dollars; he was great.' The only thing I thought was unfair was there should've been two first prizes.”

“We are incredibly proud of what the Detroit Youth Choir achieved during their time on America’s Got Talent and we look forward to what’s next for them,” said Tonya Allen, president and CEO of the Skillman Foundation – one of the charitable partners who helped fund the endowment. "This fund is a way for Detroiters to celebrate and grow the genius of our children."

The $1 million wasn’t the only surprise the choir experienced at the homecoming. Duggan also gave the DYC a key to the city and each member replica keys to have in their own homes.

"In your life, you're going to go far and wide, and you're going to accomplish great things," he said. 

Choir director Anthony White was at a loss for words after all of Friday’s developments. 

"This is hard work, sacrifice. I can't even talk," he said. "I appreciate every donor and sponsor. This is amazing." 

Congratulations to the Detroit Youth Choir! That endowment is certainly deserved.

Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images


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