LINCOLNTON, N.C.––Come on down!
As the late Johnny Olsen would have put it, you could be the next contestant for the 11th annual “Price Is Right” for Fighting Child Abuse benefit on St. Patrick’s Day at the James W. Warren Citizens Center. It benefits the Lincoln County Coalition Against Child Abuse and Child Advocacy Center, according to spokeswoman Sherry Reinhardt. The Saturday event is sponsored by First Federal Bank. The doors open at 5 p.m.
“This evening promises a fun-filled St. Patrick’s Day experience for the whole family!” Reinhardt recently said. “This year is going to be extra-exciting and fun, as we hope the luck of the Irish will bring you money and spectacular prizes.”
She added that Barry Burleson would be returning to play the enthusiastic Rod Roddy character (Olsen’s successor on the “Price is Right” TV game show), complete with Roddy’s famously flamboyant apparel. Cecil Smith is returning as the witty Drew Carey-style host (the successor to longtime host Bob Barker).
“We also have our special ‘Price Is Right’ ‘beauties’ this year, including Stuart Boyles of Carolina Furniture Mart,” said Reinhardt, “and a few other fun surprises!”
She continued that the purchase of a $10 ticket will get you a chance to be called down to be “the next contestant on contestant row,” as Roddy would say, and an opportunity to win some fabulous prizes donated by businesses and individuals, including: a golf cart; a Bosch washer/ dryer set; vacation packages to Ocean Isle or to Myrtle Beach, S.C.; a Weber grill; a gazebo; furniture from the Carolina Furniture Mart; a family getaway for six to Great Wolf Lodge; $1,000 in cash; and many more.
“In addition to the usual program,” said Reinhardt, “this year, there will be a live auction between games. Among the items to be auctioned is a full orthodontic package from Austin Orthodontics, valued at $6,500. We’ll also have gift baskets from local establishments; gift certificates to area businesses; an art table; and a homemade cake table. The children’s games will also return this year and will take place before the start of the show.”
Disc jockey Michael Branson of Boogie Nights DJ Services will return to spin tunes. Pizza, hot dogs, sweets and beverages will be available for purchase.
The Lincoln County Coalition Against Child Abuse and Child Advocacy Center provides Lincoln County with programs designed to protect children from abuse and provide care for its smallest victims. Last year at the Child Advocacy Center, where intervention services are facilitated, 182 of the more than 1,800 Lincoln County children that were reported as abused or neglected received services, as Reinhardt informed.
“Without the support of a caring community, full of corporations and individuals like you, who attend events such as ‘The Price is Right,’ the Lincoln County Coalition Against Child Abuse and Child Advocacy Center would cease to exist,” she said.
Tickets for the event may be purchased at the door.
To learn more, call Reinhardt at (704) 736-1155 or see the Facebook page by searching for “Lincoln County Child Advocacy Center.”
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