June
29
logo Dawn Black
dawn@myerhotels.com
Myer Hotels
417.336.4345
www.myerhotels.com
3601A Shepherd of the Hills Expressway
Branson, MO   65616

Branson, MO (June 29, 2011) – The Comfort Inn & Suites Branson Meadows has once again been selected by Choice Hotels International as “ Comfort Inn of the Year” for the Comfort Inn brand. This award was announced during the company’s 57th annual convention in Boston.

“Being selected as the best of the best from the over 1,995 strong Comfort Inn brand shows that Comfort Inn & Suites in Branson is an exceptional performer, “said Bruce Haase, executive vice president, global brand operations. “When it comes to operational excellence and guest satisfaction, this hotel stands out among its peers as the best – which is quite an accomplishment.” The Comfort Inn & Suites won the award two years ago and was a finalist last year as well, making it one of the most awarded Comfort Inns in the United States.

The best of each Choice Hotels brand is selected by reviewing the property’s guest satisfaction scores, the quality assurance scores and unannounced on-site inspections. Choice Hotels presents the awards for properties that best demonstrate lodging excellence by offering services and guest experiences that set the standards for the entire industry.

“We are deeply honored to receive this award and it reaffirms our team’s commitment to providing guests with an exceptional experience,” said General Manager Steve Graber. On hand to join in the celebration were owners Carroll and Janice Myer, Chris and Sonja Myer, and Gail Myer, of Myer Hotels. “Our staff is very committed to making sure our guests have the best experience each and every time they visit us.”

Myer Hotels is no stranger to having top ranked hotels. It has been a past finalist for “Comfort Inn of the Year” six times. Another Myer property, the Comfort Inn at Thousand Hills has also been a finalist for this award since 2009. This year the Comfort Inn at Thousand Hills was a close second to this prestigious award. “To have two properties in the same town in the top three is incredible!” said Chris Myer, Vice President of Marketing.

About Myer Hotels

In the lodging business for over 43 years, the Myer family has actively contributed to Branson’s hospitality market for over 25 years and received numerous national awards. Myer Hotels includes the Best Western Center Pointe Inn, Best Western Music Capital Inn, Comfort Inn at Thousand Hills, Comfort Inn & Suites Branson Meadows, Comfort Inn West, and Holiday Inn Express Green Mountain. The properties emphasize excellent locations, countless amenities and exceptional customer service while focusing on great value in the upper mid-scale area. For more information about these hotels please visit www.myerhotels.com.
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June
29
Ronni Haston
mwgabranson@yahoo.com
Missouri Women\'s Golf Association
877 337-2963
www.mowomensga.org
100 North Payne Stewart Drive
Branson, MO   65616

The Missouri Women’s Golf Association is pleased to announce the Inaugural Mid Amateur Golf Championship, hosted by Payne Stewart Golf Club, a Troon course, in Branson, MO during July 25-27th, 2011. Golfers, volunteers, spotters and businesses are invited to participate in this event. Amateur women 25 years and older who are residents of Missouri or Johnson County, KS will compete for the first Missouri women’s Mid Amateur title in a 36 hole stroke play competition. Entries will be accepted through July 9, 2011.

Volunteers are needed to spot golf balls or help with logistics. Local merchants are invited to submit marketing materials, token gifts and/or coupons for the Registrants’ package. Donations will be accepted to provide golfers with health-related essentials (e.g., water, sunscreen) and recognition will be in the event program.

The local committee is encouraging golfers to bring their families and extend their visit to see all that the area has to offer. The Branson area is an excellent destination to play golf and enjoy the natural beauty, attractions, shows and shopping with family members.

The MWGA promotes women’s golf in Missouri and its competitions are open to all amateur females in Missouri and Johnson County, Kansas. Through the support of MWGA’s members and friends, the Missouri Women’s Golf Education Association annually grants scholarships to deserving high school junior golfers in pursuit of higher education.

Entry fee for contestants is $150.00. Membership in the MWGA is required at $30.00 annual dues. For those interested in golfing, visit the website for tournament entry forms and further details at www.mowomensga.org.

We hope that you will be able to join us and participate in this unique event in some way. If you are interested or have any questions or require additional information, please call the Payne Stewart Pro Shop at 877 337-2963 or email mwgabranson@yahoo.com.

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June
29
Janee
groups@claycoopertheatre.com
The Clay Cooper Theatre
877-317-2604
www.claycoopertheatre.com
3216 W. Hwy. 76
Branson, MO   65616

Talent On Parade, a national touring dance competition system, presents Kidz Roc, a full length theatrical production making its debut in Branson, Missouri. This unique show will include 40 of the “best of the best” competition dancers from 13 surrounding states who will be involved in TOP Go Pro, a pre-professional summer workshop also hosted by Talent On Parade. The goal of the TOP Go Pro workshop is to assist dancers as they make the transition to a professional dance career. Kidz Roc is the culmination of that workshop. The star and host of the show is professional singer/dancer Kim Alvarez. The show will also include a special guest appearance by the up and coming rock band Armonia. Kidz Roc will appear at the Clay Cooper Theatre 2 days only, July 23-24 with shows at 1 and 4 pm each day.

Kidz Roc has been written and produced by Doucette Entertainment of Las Vegas, Nevada, an international player in the show production industry. Doucette Entertainment partner Don Mirault has worked in the dance competition industry for more than 20 years and is excited to assist in putting Kidz Roc on the stage. “We have always wanted competition dancers to have a professional outlet for the hard work they’ve put in, and this is finally that opportunity”, said Don. The show will include dancers ranging in age from 10 to 20 years old. This full scale production will also include all the things kids love in a show like lights, smoke, live camera footage, MTV style video, rocking music, and amazing dancing.

Those interested in attending the show can purchase tickets from the Clay Cooper Theater by calling 417-332-2529 or toll free 877-317-2604. Tickets can also be obtained directly from the Clay Cooper Theater box office at 3216 W. Highway 76 in Branson (across from the Titanic Museum).

Family Passes are available.

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June
29
Tammy Scholten
tamara.scholten@am.jll.com
Branson Landing
417) 239-3002
www.bransonlanding.com
100 Branson Landing
Branson, MO   65616

SYMPHONY OF HEARTS FOR JOPLIN – BENEFIT CONCERT FOR HOMES OF HOPE – FEATURING DINO KARTSONAKIS, DENVER & THE MILE HIGH ORCHESTRA, MARK CHAPMAN & MORE!

Branson Landing invites everyone to join us for an unforgettable evening of music and hope on Monday, July 4th – benefiting our neighbors in Joplin, Missouri.

The Symphony of Hearts for Joplin Event will kick off at 8pm – Monday, July 4th, featuring and hosted by Dino Kartsonakis, Grammy Award-winning performer of our time, known as “America’s Piano Showman”, a title aptly given to him by more than 80 million people who have witnessed his majestic piano styling each year.

Joining Dino on this special evening, will be Denver & The Mile High Orchestra, a group of Belmont University students that wowed all of America as they made the finale of the FOX-TV “American Idol” spin off of “The Next Great American Band.”

Also joining the stage will be special guest, Mark Chapman, Songwriter and Nashville recording artist from Pierce City, Missouri, a local favorite of Branson Landing’s Summer Concert Series will also take the stage for a special performance, not soon to be forgotten. Mark’s new song, co-written with Bill Bruce, “Where Would You Go (If You Couldn’t Go Home)” has touched many, as it’s soulful tune depicts the loss of his Joplin neighbors from the May 2011 Tornado.

This concert event will be the inaugural fundraising event for the nonprofit organization founded in Branson and all proceeds raised at the concert will be donated to Homes of Hope Joplin. VIP Seating will be available for a $20 donation.

Homes of Hope Joplin was created to build homes for those whose homes were destroyed in the May 22, 2011 tornado. The goal is to build 20 energy efficient, cost effective, small carbon footprint homes. Homeowners will contribute to the cost of the home.

For more information or to help our friends in Joplin, please visit www.homesofhopejoplin.org today.
Homes of Hope Joplin, Building Homes – Giving Hope.

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June
29

THE FRANKLIN MINT AND TONY ORLANDO:
A UNIQUE MARRIAGE OF TWO ICONS

TONY ORLANDO JOINS THE FRANKLIN MINT AS A PARTNER AND VICE CHAIRMAN

NEW YORK – June 16, 2011 – Tony Orlando, one of the most beloved and iconic American Entertainers for the past 50 years, has joined forces as a Partner and Vice Chairman with The Franklin Mint, the most trusted brand in the world for Gifts, Heirlooms and Personalized Collectibles.

“No one speaks to America with more passion and credibility than Tony Orlando. He brings a product development and marketing sensibility crafted through his accomplishments. Tony will lead The Franklin Mint’s vigorous efforts to embrace new branding in film, television and music, incorporating all digital and traditional platforms. We are honored to welcome Tony to The Franklin Mint as our Partner, and to our Leadership Team,” said Mr. Robert H. Book, Chairman of the Franklin Mint.

Orlando has also been set for a major role in the next Adam Sandler movie, I HATE YOU DAD!. The film is currently shooting in Cape Cod.

Tony Orlando’s career started at sixteen in 1961. Tony’s commitment to America’s veterans began in 1973 when “Yellow Ribbon” became the anthem for our military. For over three decades Tony was the Vice President of the Muscular Dystrophy Association and hosted the New York portion of the MDA Telethon for his friend,

“The Franklin Mint empowers Americans to share in some of the country’s most poignant moments. I have been a Franklin Mint collector since I was a child. The company has touched America’s heart with its integrity, creativity and quality,” said Tony Orlando. “I am going to work very hard with my Franklin Mint partners, and I will continue to perform around the country and the world. I’m most excited about my newest journey with The Franklin Mint.”

Under Tony Orlando’s leadership The Franklin Mint is planning to introduce the Yellow Ribbon Medal of Freedom, Wounded Warrior Sculpture, the Yellow Ribbon of Freedom Sculpture and several more products that honor the men and women of the United States military.

About The Franklin Mint

An American icon, The Franklin Mint was founded in 1964 and is known worldwide for its innovative design, meticulous attention to detail and creation of the highest-quality gifts, heirlooms, and collectibles in the world. The Franklin Mint’s peerless archives contain over 12,000 products, including Limited Edition fine art sculptures, heirloom dolls, fine commemorative coins, designer jewelry, precision die-cast models and historic reproductions.

http://www.franklinmint.com/TonyOrlando

http://www.franklinmint.com/tonyorlando_video

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June
24

College of the Ozarks invites the public to attend the 22nd annual Honor America on Sunday, June 26. The event will begin with a picnic at 4:30 p.m. where attendees can purchase barbecue items, followed by a musical entertainment beginning at 5 p.m. and a patriotic program and concert at 8 p.m.

“Honor America has become a tradition that people of all ages can enjoy, “said Elizabeth Andrews, College of the Ozarks public relations director. “ Kids can play with tinker toys, make bubbles and much more, while parents and grandparents can enjoy great music, barbecue and relax. Folks who attend will experience an atmosphere reminiscent of an old-fashioned patriotic celebration.”

This year’s event will host a new slate of entertainers. Before the sky lights up with fireworks, the cast from Red, Hot… and Blue! will perform American classics from the 40s, 50s and 60s. The Petersen Family Band of Branson will entertain attendees with bluegrass and southern gospel music.

“Patriotism is a main focus at College of the Ozarks, and Honor America is a great way to celebrate that,” said Andrews. “I can’t think of a better way to kick off the Fourth of July holiday than by coming to the College’s beautiful campus to listen to music that encompasses the American spirit and to pay tribute to our nation. So, please join us as we honor America.”

After dark, an elaborate fireworks display will conclude the event. Honor America is free and is open to the public, but do not forget your lawn chairs. Please do not bring alcohol or tobacco products, fireworks or pets onto campus. For more information, please call the Public Relations office at (417) 690-2212.

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June
24

The Lennon Brothers have soaring harmonies, swingin’ sounds, and side-splitting fun! The talented Lennon Brothers – Dan, Joe, and Bill – and Bill’s wife, lead vocalist and arranger Gail Lennon, deliver the smooth rhythms and cool tunes of live swing music of the 1940’s and 50’s, backed up by the sizzlin’ Lennon Brothers Band.

The Lennon Brothers Morning Show gracefully presents America’s cherished musical sounds. “We love bringing ‘swing’ into the lives of today’s generation as well as to the generation that fell in love listening to these songs,” says Gail Lennon.

One night only at Moon River Grill July 1st at 9:15pm.

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June
24

Branson Gospel Music Revival To Be Held At Tri-Lakes Center Next Week
Four-day event to include Dino, His Song and others and will benefit Convoy Of Hope Disaster Relief

TheBranson Gospel Music Revival (formerly Convention) is returning to Branson, Missouri for the third time next week. The four-day annual event heads to a new venue this year, the Tri-Lakes Center, 2527 State Highway 248 in Branson.

Taking place Tuesday, June 28 – Friday, July 1, the gospel celebration consists of daily matinee and evening concerts featuring approximately 75 Gospel musicians from across the United States.
Dino, HisSong, Beyond the Ashes, Kenny Bishop, Ann Downing, Mike Allen, The Williamsons, Praise Incorporated, 2nd Generation, Voices of Glory, Jay Stone Singers, McMillan and Life, Rod Burton, Lynda Lynn, Sunday Edition, Mystery Men, and more will be part of the Revival, which organizers say puts the spotlight on the gospel message.

Also returning will be the popular SGN Scoops Diamond Awards, as well as the Tribute to Albert Brumley and “Piano Praise” segments. Additionally, a “New Faces” afternoon concert geared toward teens and those “young at heart” has been added. A Branson GMR Prayer Team, who will pray with audience members and artists alike during the week, is a new addition this year as well.
“We continue to learn and grow and are striving to make this an even more enjoyable event, one that continues to attract new people to this great city every summer,” co-owner and host Rod Burton stated. “Meanwhile, our focus continues to be on fostering a time of refreshing and encouragement for our artists as well as the audience.”

Having won the “Pacesetter of the Year” award from AbsolutelyGospel.com for the second consecutive year, Burton and his wife and partner, Kelly Burton, look forward to building on the success of what they still consider a very new event.

“It has been a true honor to receive some Gospel industry accolades,” Kelly mentions. “What we hope that sort of recognition translates to is more people coming to hear the truly fantastic artists who gather here with us in Branson every summer, so they can receive the message of faith being offered through gospel music.”

On that note, the couple has announced that Wednesday, June 29, will be “Disaster Relief Night” at the Revival, with a portion of all ticket and program book proceeds going to aid victims of Branson and Hollister area flooding as well as the recent catastrophic tornado in Joplin, Missouri. Donations will be made to the Assemblies of God relief organization Convoy of Hope, which has already provided substantial assistance throughout the region.

Concerts are scheduled daily Tuesday, June 28 through Friday, July 1 from noon-4:00 p.m. and again from 6:00 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Ticket prices start at $18.00 per day for adults and can be purchased by calling the Tri Lakes Center at 1-800-785-1550 or 417-336-0219.

More information about Branson Gospel Music Revival can be found at www.BransonGMR.com or by calling 615-530-3726.

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June
23

Flood damage along Table Rock Lake in April has many homeowners and businesses cleaning up and rebuilding, but the mops are put away at the Pink Door in Hollister.  The hard work of Skaggs Regional Medical Center volunteers has quickly turned around the Pink Door thrift shop, which is ready to open its door June 28.

The Pink Door is operated by Skaggs Volunteer Services.  It lost everything in the flood.  “Our volunteers worked daily for the past two months to clean up the Pink Door and get it ready to reopen,” says Corene Spilman, President of Skaggs Volunteer Services.  “They went to work immediately after flood waters receded, tearing out sheet rock, pulling up carpet and throwing away all of the merchandise, which was damaged by flood waters.”

The Pink Door uses proceeds from the sales of donated items to help fund various purchases and projects for Skaggs Regional Medical Center.   In addition to the Pink Door thrift shop, Skaggs Volunteer Services generates funds through the Forget-Me-Not Gift Shop in the Skaggs Outpatient Center and various fundraising projects coordinated throughout the year.  In 2010 Skaggs Volunteer Services provided the hospital with more than $68-thousand for various projects and needed equipment.

The Pink Door reopens Tuesday, June 28 with hours of operation 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  A grand re-opening celebration will be Wednesday, July 13, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with refreshments, a ribbon-cutting ceremony, and door prizes.

Donations may be placed in the drop box outside The Pink Door, located at 181 1st Street in Hollister, inside the Turkey Creek Junction Shopping Center.

Skaggs Volunteer Services first began in October 27, 1949 as the Estella Skaggs Auxiliary.  It served the hospital alongside the former Red Cross Volunteers, later known as the Skaggs Volunteers.  As recent as 2008, the auxiliary and volunteers joined forces to create what is now known as Skaggs Regional Medical Center Volunteers.

There are more than 300 Skaggs Volunteers serving in many areas:  hospital, hospice, Mended Hearts and chaplaincy, Forget-Me-Not Gift Shop and Pink Door thrift shop.  For more details on becoming a Skaggs Volunteer visit www.skaggs.net/volunteer or call (417) 335-7114.

Michelle L. Leroux
Media Relations Specialist

Skaggs Regional Medical Center
The Best Place To Get Better.

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June
23

You Can Be A Star In Branson, MO!

Posted In: Branson by Cindy Merry


logo Cindy Merry
pr@kirbyvanburch.com
Kirby VanBurch Theatre
417-337-7140
www.KirbyVanBurch.com
2353 Route 248
Branson, MO   65616

Kirby VanBurch, internationally renowned entertainer and illusionist, announced today that he is searching for a featured act to perform during his show in October of 2011. Kirby says, “In order to find just the right act to feature I’ve teamed up with MyStudio to acquire audition videos. MyStudio was also used by Simon Cowell’s X-Factor to acquire audition videos and I thought it was a great way to find my next big featured act.”

The search begins June 20, 2011 and will run through August 31, 2011. Those looking to create their audition video for consideration can visit any one of the MyStudio HD Recording Studio locations and then submit it on-line at http://www.MyStudio.net. Videos uploaded for the audition will be reviewed and those considered for the Kirby VanBurch stage will be posted and voted on by the general public. Kirby and his staff will select the winner from the top ten audition videos as voted on by the fans.

The act chosen to perform will receive two weeks of understudy under Kirby VanBurch and then a week of actual on stage performance either as a solo act or within an existing act. During this time period the Kirby VanBurch Theatre will pay for housing, meals, transportation in Branson, and weekly compensation. “I’m very excited about this partnership with MyStudio,” says Kirby. “I think this is the perfect way to find the next Big Thing for my Branson show!”

Kirby VanBurch, called the “Prince of Magic” by the Princess of Thailand, voted World’s Best Illusionist by the World Magic Awards, named Entertainer of the Year and Magician of the Year (multiple times) by the International Magicians Society has been called one of “America’s Best Magic Shows” by the Travel Channel. His show in Branson has been a top selling show for over 19 years and features exotic animals including Royal white tigers, a helicopter appearing in 3 seconds flat, mind-reading, assistants cut in half, up close and personal sleight of hand, and much more. To learn more about Kirby’s show go to KirbyVanBurch.com.

If you would like to audition to be a star in Branson Missouri go to Kirby’s website. For a complete list of MyStudio locations and audition details, please visit www.MyStudio.net.

About MyStudio® HD Recording Studios
The award-winning MyStudio is the brain child of technology and entertainment entrepreneur Larry Ryckman. MyStudio is a self-contained, state-of-the-art, audio/video recording studio that offers true professional recording studio-quality audio and HD broadcast-quality video with an ease, economy and convenience never before available. MyStudio eliminates the high cost and technological and logistical barriers inherent in the creation of high-quality online video content thereby opening up a new world of opportunities for the creation of user-generated video content by amateurs and professionals alike.

MyStudio can be used to create videos for music, modeling, comedy, dating, job resumes, auditions, personal messages and greetings. A recording session for up to five minutes costs only $20. Using Hollywood-style green screen technology, MyStudio users can choose from over 1,000 HD virtual backgrounds for their videos or they can upload their own custom backgrounds. In addition, MyStudio offers thousands of licensed karaoke tracks from EMI Music Publishing and Universal Music Publishing and others thereby allowing consumers to legally create music videos for public viewing on-line. Within minutes of recording, videos are automatically uploaded to the MyStudio.net website, which offers free member profile pages and video sharing in a social networking environment. At MyStudio.net, members can enter contests, receive free DVDs of their videos, download MP3 audio files, access embed codes.

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