Benefit planners bring new entertainment

Sunday, February 22, 2009

The Fourth Annual Kenny Rogers Benefit won't be like the last three.

It will still raise money for the Kenny Rogers Children's Center. It will still be held in the Clinton Building in Sikeston, Mo. And it will still be a good time, according to Carolyn Cox, the Circle of Friends chairman who has helped plan every benefit.

She said the event had gotten stale so they revamped the entertainment and added new items to the silent auction. The "Pickin and a Grinnin Jamboree" will have bluegrass, gospel and country music and comedy for entertainment.

They'll have a Dolly Parton impersonator and the Bluegrass Revival Band from Sikeston. The silent auction will feature savings bonds, jackets decorated with Elvis, John Deere paraphernalia and restaurant certificates.

"Girl, you name it we got it," Cox said.

This year, entertainers will wear costumes and work the crowd, giving away stuffed pigs and barnyard animals to fit the country theme, Cox said.

The Kenny Rogers Center provides occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech therapy to children with special needs and developmental disorders. The Circle of Friends formed from people whose children have gone for help or who know a family who has.

"It's just local people here that we work together to help the children," Cox said.

Last year, the benefit raised $3,075. The silent auction brought in around $1,600.

Cox said she hopes the added entertainment and silent auction items push this year's totals over last year's numbers.

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