‘Elvis,’ ‘Marilyn’ to help raise funds for veterans’ tour

Sue Guinn Legg • Feb 7, 2013 at 9:14 AM

To help send its next group of local World War II veterans on a complimentary tour of the nation’s war memorials, Honor Flight of Northeast Tennessee will host “An Evening with Elvis & Marilyn” on Feb. 16 at the Renaissance Center in Kingsport.

Comedian Mr. Bill will open the show for Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe impersonators Jimmy and Mary Fields and their grandson, “Little Elvis” Colton Magnuson. The show will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 and may be reserved by calling 863-6843.

The next Honor Flight trip to Washington is planned for April 12-14 and will come at a cost of about $16,000. To help cover that cost, Honor Flight is also planning a three-day glamour shot photo session to be held March 1-3 at Best Western Hotel on North Roan Street. The cost is $9.95 for one 8x10, two 5x7 and eight wallet-sized photos. Tickets for the photo sessions must be reserved before Feb. 20 by calling 816-351-0811.

To learn more about Honor Flight or to secure a trip for a local war veteran, call Edie Lowry at 816-351-0811 or visit www.honorflightnetn.com.

Donations may be made at the website or by mail to Honor Flight of Northeast Tennessee, 1005 Opekiska Ext., Erwin, TN 37658.

The United Way of Johnson County will host a benefit Winter Pickin’ Party on Feb. 23 at Heritage Hall Theater in Mountain City.

The party will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will include a bluegrass, gospel and Celtic music concert featuring Faultline, Fire in the Kitchen, Laurel Creek Trail, New Covenant and Slice of Bluegrass.

The party will also include a live auction to be conducted by Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, a photo shoot and door prizes. Auction items will include quilts, artwork, woodworking items and sports memorabilia.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children and will be available at the door. Proceeds will help Johnson County United Way meet its 2013 fundrasing goal for the county’s Emergency Heating Assistance program, the Johnson County Cancer Support Group, Safe Haven, the Senior Center, the Community Center, 4H, Legal Aid, the American Red Cross and fire departments serving the Cold Springs, Forge Creek, Trade, Neva, Butler and Shady Valley communities.

For more information about the benefit, call 727-7444 or visit HeritageHallTheater.org.

If there’s an older volunteer you admire, a search is on for Tennessee’s outstanding senior volunteer.

Through March 31, Home Instead Senior Care will accept nominations for its Salute to Senior Service. To honor the contributions of adults age 65 and older who give at least 15 hours of volunteer service monthly, nominees’ stories will be posted online at SalutetoSeniorService.com and a winner will be selected from each state through online voting to be conducted April 15-30.

Each state winner will receive a $500 donation from Home Instead for their favorite nonprofit organization and will be entered into a search for national Salute to Senior Service honoree to be selected by panel of senior care experts. The national winner will receive an additional $5,000 for the nonprofit charity of their choice.

“We all know seniors who do so much for our community,” said Rick Regen, owner of the local Home Instead Senior Care office. “These silent heroes give selflessly, expecting nothing in return. And yet, their contributions often make a difference not only to the organizations they serve but in changing how the public views growing older.”

Family caregivers, adult children of aging parents, senior care professionals and all nonprofit organizations where senior volunteers serve are invited to submit nominations. Senior volunteers may also nominate themselves. Contest rules and nomination forms are available at the website. Completed nomination forms may be submitted online or by mail to Salute to Senior Service, P.O. Box 285, Bellevue, NE 68005. More information about the competition may also be obtained by calling Home Instead at 753-5111.

If there is a need or a project in your neighborhood the Good Neighbor column can assist with, contact

Sue Guinn Legg at slegg@

johnsoncitypress.com, P.O. Box

1717, Johnson City, TN 37605 1717 or 929-3111, ext. 335.

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