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August 27, 2013

Tragedy, triumph and talent

By SALLY SEXTON

Weatherford resident Donnia Harris, who has had her share of struggles in life, has immense pride when it comes to her three children. That pride has been shared with people all over the country for her son, Timber Brown, who was recently named a semifinalist on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.”

Through acts that include acrobatic pole dancing and dangling by hand, neck and feet from a steel sphere, Brown, who graduated from Boswell High School in Fort Worth, has advanced to the semifinals. Along his journey to potential Vegas stardom (AGT winners receive a headline show in Las Vegas), Brown’s mother has been there every step of the way, seeing her son perform live for the first time a few weeks ago at Radio City Music Hall in New York.

To help garner the community’s support for Brown, Harris will be hosting a viewing party for his next performance on Sept. 3 at the Lake Weatherford Marina.

“We had Casey James on ‘American Idol’ and now we’ve got Timber on ‘America’s Got Talent,’” Harris said. “I’m just so proud of him, and I want anyone that wants to support him to come out and watch.”

After performing in Vegas and other venues, Brown, 28, auditioned for AGT in Los Angeles in July.

“The main reason I auditioned is because I wanted to attract attention to what I wanted to do and also bring awareness to my charity, Timber’s Kids,” the acrobat and aerialist said.

The charity, which helps kids that come from broken, abusive, drug-addicted homes, raises money for other charities through performances by Brown as well as community outreach.

“Timber is an example that no matter how bad things are, you can always be something in life,” Harris said. “He just cares about people and I love that.

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