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Kiwanis Club to hold fund-raising variety show March 14
by Debbie Lurie-Smith
Mar 06, 2008 | 2447 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tickets are now on sale for next week’s variety show, which will help raise money for all the music programs in the Jones County School System.

The Jones County Kiwanis Club will present the Kiwanis Club Variety Show Friday, March 14, at the W.E. Knox Civic Center.

The show will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and can be purchased early from any Kiwanis member.

Tickets are also available from members of the Jones County High School Band.

Fifteen performers are scheduled for the show, and the acts include the Jones County High Jazz Band, several singing ensembles, and hopefully a comedy team.

Funds raised from the variety show will be donated to the music program of the Jones County School System.

The variety show is the second for Kiwanis. The first show was held in 2006 and was the idea of the club’s president at the time, Charles Newberry. Because of the exemplary job he did on the first show, Newberry was asked to serve as chairman of the variety show committee this year.

“We were appreciative of the way the bands help civic organizations and the community by performing in so many events, such as the Christmas parade, the Bicentennial events, Veterans Day activities, etc. that we came up with the idea to give them the proceeds,” Newberry explained.

“We have an excellent high school band and a great music program in the schools. We wanted to help them out because such programs can always use financial help. All of our talent is from the county and represents a wide variety of performers.”

The club’s public relations chairman, Bob Lazenby, pointed out that the mission of the Kiwanis Club is helping children worldwide.

“Having this fund-raiser will continue that theme,” Lazenby said. “We have about 15 small fund-raisers a year and try to give at least $100 a month to some group. We thought helping the music program was something that was needed. Basketball and football is limited, but you can have 300 people in the band.”

The current Kiwanis Club president is Tom Elder, and the Jones County club has been serving the community since 1935. Early projects of the club were helping underprivileged children, sponsoring the county’s first Boy Scout Troop, and working with the Red Cross to provide diphtheria shots to 1,200 children.

The Kiwanis Club was involved in community projects, such as securing additional rural electric lines and securing funds to improve county roads. In the late 1950s, Kiwanis Clubs and the state chamber of commerce originated the STAR Student program.

The March 14 production is definitely filled with talent and variety and will provide an evening of entertainment for all to enjoy. Tickets may be obtained by calling Lazenby at 986-0809.

Tickets will be sold at the auditorium the night of the performance, but seating is limited.
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