The annual Kenny Rogers Children's Center Telethon is this Saturday and Sunday and for those who have not enjoyed this two-day event, you've honestly missed something. Few events in our community are as worthwhile, enjoyable and entertaining as the Telethon. This year's show promises to offer something for everyone.
Having worked in the Telethon for years, I'm a bit prejudiced. For starters, I know how much entertainment the local talent can provide but more importantly, I know firsthand how the money raised can change lives. And that is the real success story of the Telethon.
Last year, Sikeston area residents donated over a quarter of a million dollars during the two-day event and virtually every single penny donated was used to expand and improve services at the Kenny Rogers Center. And rest assured, the local Center has an outstanding reputation throughout the Midwest as one of the premiere facilities for these special kids.
This year's Telethon will once again feature dozens of local performers as well as 25 hopefuls competing Saturday night in an Idol talent competition. But there's also a baseball card show, an auction of celebrity items as well as delicious food for the entire family. There's ample seating and the entertainment is all free. The event will originate from the Sikeston High School Fieldhouse once again this year.
Dozens of volunteers have been working for months on this year's Telethon to provide first-class entertainment as well as something to interest everyone. And even more people have already been circulating to raise pledges to help generate the funds for the Telethon. It is truly a community-wide event that puts a highly favorable spotlight on our community.
Without the Kenny Rogers Center, children with special needs would be forced to travel elsewhere to receive services that are essential to their growth and development. That's why children from throughout the area call the Kenny Rogers Center their home away from home.
Put it on your calendar now. Visit the Telethon or tune in to the television coverage. And when you see the miracles that are possible, consider making a donation. These kids are counting on you. Let's not let them down.