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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • Patriot Singers to hold dinner, concert to raise funds for competition

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  • Looking for a dinner and entertainment?
    From 6-8:30 p.m. Nov. 16, the East Newton High School Patriots will be serving food and performing at the Flower Box Theatre (just off the Neosho Square) with proceeds going to a good cause.
    “The money raised is to help them to go to Florida for their competition at Universal Studios,” said Frank Ames, a parent of students in the Patriot Singers. “One hundred percent goes back to the Patriot Singers.”
    The competition is called the Orlandofest and will be held on Feb. 13, 2014.
    Advance tickets are $20 and include dinner and the entertainment. Tickets must be purchased in advance by Monday, Nov. 11. If one wants to come to the theatre just for the entertainment, those tickets are $7 each and can be purchased either in advance or at the door. For tickets, see any Patriot Singers member or contact Frank and Jen Ames 658-5757, Tammy Moorehouse 850-4484, Charlie and Tasha Brown 489-9300 or the high school at 472-6238, and ask for Tasha.
    “We have the [Fabulous Backroad Drifters] that plays at the Flower Box Theatre is going to open up from 6-6:30 p.m.,” Ames said. “At that time, we are going to serve dinner at 6:30 p.m. Also, some of the local talents — Nathan Brown, Jeff Patterson with “Date Night” and Tasha Brown — will perform. Then after dinner is finished, the Patriot Singers are going to come out and do the performance for their competition that they do.”
    The dinner includes beef, marinated chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet green beans, green salad, bread, dessert, tea, Kool-Aid, water and coffee. Also, one free ticket for the door prize will be included with every dinner ticket. Along with the door prizes being drawn, there will also have a 50/50 drawing and other items to be raffled off.
    So far, Ames said the response to ticket sales has been great.
    “Right now, I think that we are at about 60 percent tickets sold,” he added. “We are looking at bringing in about $4,000. There are 24 students in Patriot Singers and it takes a little more than $900 per kid to go [to the Florida competition].”
    The Patriot Singers have had other fundraisers including a pancake feed and car wash earlier this year.
    Ames said the group is grateful for the Flower Box owners and the Fabulous Backroad Drifters to help in the cause.
    “We are just excited that this is going to be a pretty big amount that we should raise for them,” he said. “It is the first time that we have been invited to the competition.”
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