HICKORY, N.C. The Hickory Community Theatre has crowned a new Grand Supreme Diva of the World after this weekend s contest to help raise money for the theatre.

Julia Rush was chosen from audience donations over six other contestants Saturday night Dueling Divas contest. In total, $6,101 was raised to benefit the theatre, which is a funded affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County.

Molly Bass raised the largest amount but gave the title to Rush, saying Julia is who I would have voted for.

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