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Banquet to benefit The Den

Thursday, August 11, 2011

The Den youth center will host its second annual fundraising banquet on Saturday, Sept. 10 at the Southwest Area Career Center commons area in Monett.

Branson performer Keith "Red" Allen will be the featured guest. He will entertain with comedy, music and stories from his past. His performances are known to make audiences laugh and cry as he shares his love for God. Allen, who is well known for his role as a hillbilly farmer in the Keith Allen's Redneckers Show at Silver Dollar City, will speak about summers spent on his beloved grandmother's farm where he learned of God's love through her. Allen now has his own show in Branson.

In addition to Allen's performance, guests at the banquet will enjoy a catered dinner and a silent auction where items donated from area businesses will be sold to the highest bidder. All proceeds from the dinner and auction will directly benefit The Den.

The doors open at 6 p.m. on Sept. 10, and the silent auction will begin at that time. Dinner, catered by Prime Cut, will be served at 6:30 p.m. After dinner, entertainment will be provided by a local youth band and then Allen will speak and perform. The event is expected to conclude around 9 p.m.

Tickets to the banquet are limited and are on sale now. The cost to attend the banquet is $25 per person. Businesses, churches or groups can also sponsor a table for a cost of $250, which includes eight tickets.

"We want to fill these tables and share with the community what The Den is all about and the great things that go on there," said Kelley Cloud, a member of The Den board. "Together we can make a positive difference in the lives of our youth."

To purchase a ticket or table or for more information, contact Brian Smith, director of The Den, at 635-1108 or 417-669-5821.

The Den, which is located above Mocha Jo's at 404 E. Broadway, is a safe, fun and well supervised place for area youth to hang out. Currently, about 40 to 50 kids visit The Den on weekdays, and that number swells to around 70 on weekends. The Den is open to youth in seventh through 12th grades.

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