The popular Hughes Brothers entertainment act from Branson will return to Monett as the featured act at a special dinner fundraiser for the Monett/Purdy Chapter of Habitat for Humanity on Saturday, April 2.
Tickets for the dinner, which will be held at St. Lawrence Catholic Church, are now on sale. The cost is $25. Tickets are available at Community National Bank, First State Bank and UMB Bank as well as from members of the local Habitat Board of Directors.
"We are delighted that the Hughes Brothers have agreed to entertain us again this year," said Rev. Ron Stair, who serves as president of the local Habitat affiliate. "Audience response to the Hughes Brothers' performance last year was overwhelming, and we received many requests to bring them back for this year's event. We really appreciate their willingness to support our efforts to provide affordable housing to qualified families in the Monett and Purdy area."
Monett native and Branson entertainer Bob Nichols will again serve as master of ceremonies for the Habitat fundraiser.
"We appreciate everyone's help," said Bill Van Eaton and Phyllis Garrett, who serve as co-chairpersons for the April 2 event. "Very special thanks are due to Bob Nichols, who helped arrange our entertainment, and to Thrivent Lutheran Financial, which provided financial support for this event."
According to Van Eaton and Garrett, evening activities will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a social hour and silent auction, followed by dinner and entertainment at 6:30 p.m.
"We expect a capacity crowd for our fundraiser," Stair said. "We encourage everyone to purchase their tickets as soon as possible. Once we have sold 250 tickets, ticket sales will stop.
"This event provides a fun way for people to support Habitat activities. All money raised will go toward the cost of building homes for disadvantaged families," Stair added.
Habitat for Humanity of Monett/Purdy is a volunteer charitable organization established in 2002 as a Missouri not-for-profit corporation to provide affordable housing for economically disadvantaged people. Since its inception, the Monett/Purdy Habitat organization has constructed five houses.
In each Habitat "build," the family who purchases the house is required to provide at least 400 hours of labor or "sweat equity." Individuals interested in becoming a part of the Habitat program may pick up additional information about Habitat at the office of the Monett Chamber of Commerce office or contact Stair at 235-7233.