Businesses partner to help raise money
Thursday, 20 October 2011 by Sarah Lawson
The Ronald McDonald house will be celebrating its 25th anniversary with an exclusive Central Texas country concert.
Country music stars Mark Chessnutt, Earl Thomas Conley and Glen Templeton will be singing live at the Bell County Expo Center on Saturday, Oct. 22 in support of the Ronald McDonald House.
Cheryl Traudt, Extraco Banks, has been working alongside Susan Bolton, executive director of the Ronald McDonald House and Deb Swift, volunteer coordinator to pull this celebration together in a short time span.
"Our time was limited so I used a company called Ivan entertainment," Swift said. "We really focused on getting things for all generations. Earl Thomas Conley is for the older generation. Mark Chessnutt is for the middle generation, and Glen Templeton is for the younger crowd."
Extraco partnered with the Ronald McDonald House to help sponsor the event.
"It as much a celebration of the 25th anniversary of the House as it is a fundraiser," Traudt said. "With the funds raised by concert ticket sales, we are helping to supply the family room."
Tickets are available online at the Expo center's website and in local stores and supermarkets.
"It is $20 for assigned seating up in the top portion of the Expo Center," Swift said. "Then $30 for below the railing, and $40 for the floor. On the floor there will be roughly 1,000 seats and a sectioned off area for dancing."
Swift said this is the first time Glen Templeton has performed in Bell County.
"We are really excited about Glen Templeton," Swift said. "He has really made a name for himself in San Antonio among many other places, but this will be the first time he performs here in Bell County."
The Ronald McDonald house supplies and houses families of the critically ill that receive care at Scott & White. The families must be from at least a 45 mile radius, but the house provides food, shelter, activities and transportation services.
Functioning on a donation basis only, this is a key fundraiser of 2011 for the house.
"I'm very excited to be a part of this," Swift said. "I think everyone will have a good time. This is a fun event for multiple generations."