Plans to host a fundraiser to benefit The Den, the area's premiere hot-spot for area youth, are underway and tickets are limited.
The Den, located above Mocha Joe's at 404 E. Broadway in Monett, is open to youth in seventh through 12th grades. It is a Christian-based organization that provides a safe, positive and fun environment for area youth.
"We're gearing up for the school year," said J.D. Buckridge, director. "We're expecting our numbers to explode.
"We've got a lot of good things planned," he continued. "We are planning a fall concert series starting in October, tailgate parties at home football games and fifth quarter parties after those games."
|Buckridge said it is not uncommon for 200 youth per week to visit the safe haven.|
On Saturday, Sept. 11, The den will host an event featuring live entertainment, a catered dinner and a silent auction. Social hour begins at 6 p.m. at the Southwest Area Career Center Commons, located at 2 David Sippy Dr. in Monett.
Special guest speaker will be Mt. Vernon alumni Darrel Campbell, a screenwriter, director and author.
Campbell produced and wrote the family films "The Pistol" and "Redemption of the Ghost." He also wrote and directed "The Last Ounce of Courage." Campbell was the executive story editor on Carol & Co., starring Carol Burnett, and wrote the premiere episode of "The Lion King's Timon and Pumbaa" for Walt Disney. His book, "Heir to a Dream," was published by Thomas Nelson.
Romantic Antix, a three-piece instrumental band, will entertain.
Silent auction items include signed shoes from Orlando Magic's Dwight Howard, a weekend lake house get-away, Silver Dollar City Tickets, admission to the summer basketball camp hosted by Rainmaker Christian sports, an antique quilt and a variety of gift certificates from area merchants.
Donations are still being accepted for this event. Anyone who is interrested in contributing can call Buckridge at 417-236-3640.
Tickets are $25 per person or $250 for a group table for eight. All proceeds will benefit The Den.