‘Cheers for children’ tonight

Published 8:57 pm Wednesday, August 3, 2011

If you want to feel good about giving and have a good time at the same time, tonight is the night.

The Pike County Young Professionals are hosting a “Cheers for Children!” charity event at The Studio tonight and everyone is invited and encouraged to come out, support an extremely worthy cause and enjoy a night of outstanding entertainment and the fellowship of friends and neighbors.

“Cheers for Children” is a First Thursday event at The Studio and it’s also a mini-fundraiser for Children’s Harbor on Lake Martin that received heavy damage in the April tornadoes that caused death and destruction in central and north Alabama. Children’s Harbor serves seriously ill children and their families.

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The event will also benefit the Johnson Center for the Arts, sponsor of the First Thursday Night events.

Kathy Sauer, president of the Pike County Chamber of Commerce, said the Pike County Young Professionals are a Chamber organization that focuses on young adults who are involved in the community and making a difference by donating their time, energy and talents to their local community as well as project beyond its borders.

“We have an outstanding group of young professionals in Pike County and that is evident by the work they do,” Sauer said. “These involved young adults are giving back, not only to their community, but to others in need. Children’s Harbor needs help and this fundraiser is a way for all of us to lend a helping hand.”

Like all First Thursday events, the public is invited to bring a picnic basket and a cooler and join the fun.

“First Thursday is an indoor tailgate party and everyone has a good time,” Sauer said. “Some people bring gourmet foods. Others bring pizza or sandwiches. Some people bring coolers with potato salad or cole slaw and some just come for the fun of it. But, nobody leaves hungry.”

Tonight’s entertainment features a showcase of local talent — Mike Peacock, JB Roberts, Erika Franklin and others.

“Whether it’s folk, country, rock or old standards that you like, you won’t be disappointed,” Sauer said.

Admission to “Cheers for Children” is $20 per person. Tickets will be available at the door. It’s not too late to reserve tables for 10. Just call 566-2294.

For this charitable event, the reserved tables are $20 per person. Other seating is random.

Those who can’t attend “Cheers for Children” are encouraged to make a donation to this worthwhile event by calling 566-2294 or 670-2287.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the entertainment will be from 7 until 10 p.m.

Children’s Harbor is a non-profit organization that provides free and confidential counseling and support services to children with long-term serious illnesses as well as to their families.