Golden Cel­e­bra­tion

Justin Moore to help Clubs cel­e­brate 50 years

The Saline Courier Weekend - - FRONT PAGE - By Elisha Mor­ri­son el­[email protected]­ton­

To help the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sa­line County con­tinue to cel­e­brate 50 years of serv­ing children in Sa­line County, coun­try mu­sic star Justin Moore will be giv­ing his an­nual per­for­mance dur­ing the Golden Ju­bilee cel­e­bra­tion.

Doors at the Clubs’ River­side Park lo­ca­tion will open at 5 p.m. Oct. 22. The meal be­fore the show will be­gin at 5:30 p.m.

“He is re­ally pas­sion­ate about his com­mu­nity and the youth in his com­mu­nity,” Spe­cial Events Co­or­di­na­tor Jes­sica Franklin said, adding Moore is from Arkansas and grew up in Cen­tral Arkansas. His wife co-owns the Down­town Ben­ton stores This Lit­tle Piggy and SOCO.

This is the sev­enth year for Moore to per­form for the Clubs’ fundraiser.

Moore is known for hits such as “If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away,” “Bait A Hook,” “Til My Last Day,” and “Home­town USA.”

Franklin said his mu­sic is fun

and some­thing many peo­ple in the area re­late to.

He got in­volved with the Clubs through his friend­ship with Board Mem­ber Bryant O’neal.

The meal for the event will be Ital­ian from Gina’s Ca­ter­ing.

Open­ing for Moore will be Arkansas na­tive coun­try singer Heath San­ders, who was dis­cov­ered by fel­low Arkansas na­tive Bobby Bones.

Be­fore the mu­sic starts, there will be both live and silent auc­tions. The live auc­tion will in­clude a trip to stay in a cabin in Mon­tana, a Mcclure fit­ness pack­age and a Justin Moore VIP pack­age.

In­stead of fill­ing out sheets of pa­per for the silent auc­tion, guests will be able to shop for the auc­tion on their phones. Franklin said those who don’t have a smart phone or need a lit­tle ex­tra help can use one of the tablets that staff will be car­ry­ing around dur­ing the event.

The web­site for the auc­tion will go live the day of the event to view items.

Franklin said the Clubs are plan­ning other fun sur­prises for the evening.

David Bazzel, for­mer Arkansas Ra­zor­back and host of The Show with No Name on 103.7 The Buzz, will serve as the em­cee for the fundraiser.

For­mer Club mem­bers will speak about how it has af­fected their lives.

Franklin said the event should be a fun time to so­cial­ize and net­work.

The Club is hop­ing to sell out 100 ta­bles, many of which are al­ready sold. Ta­bles are $1,000 each for a ta­ble of 10 or in­di­vid­ual tick­ets are $125. Franklin said both ticket and ta­ble pur­chases are tax de­ductible.

In­stead of per­form­ing with a live band, Moore will either play a gui­tar alone or might bring an­other gui­tarist to per­form with him.

“It feels more per­sonal and intimate than you get at a big con­cert,” Franklin said. “It is a re­ally spe­cial event for our Club.”

She ex­pects him to per­form for 45 min­utes, in­clud­ing songs from his lat­est re­lease, “Late Nights and Long­necks.”

“He sounds pretty im­pres­sive live,” Franklin said.

She is grate­ful for both San­ders and Moore, who she said are tak­ing part

“out of the good­ness of their hearts.”

The event will help the Clubs con­tinue in its mis­sion to serve Sa­line County children. Franklin said they serve 400 children af­ter school ev­ery day and 600 a day dur­ing the sum­mer.

“We pro­vide a place they can grow, learn, so­cial­ize and eat,” she said.

She feels at­tend­ing events like the Golden Ju­bilee is a great way to show sup­port for children in the com­mu­nity.

To pur­chase tick­ets, con­tact Franklin at [email protected]­ or call 501303-0013.

JOSH BRIGGS/THE Sa­line Courier

County Singer Justin Moore per­forms at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sa­line County. Moore will be back to per­form dur­ing the Golden Ju­bilee cel­e­bra­tion Oct. 22.

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