Linda Ward
Vietnam Veterans Chapter 913
117 Black Oak Dr
Branson, MO   65616

A benefit show featuring Branson celebrities and a pig roast and casino night are two separate upcoming fund raisers sponsored by Branson Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) Chapter 913. Proceeds will go to help various veterans’ projects sponsored by the chapter.

The Sixth Annual Branson Vietnam Veterans Benefit Show begins at 7 p.m. at the Hamner Barber Theater, 3044 Shepherd of the Hills Expressway, June 1. Proceeds will be used to assist military personnel and their families from Southwest Missouri.

Tom Brett of the Brett Family is the founder of the show. Brett and his family in concert with Dave Hamner and Jim Barber donate their time and theater annually to the cause.

The entertainment line-up includes many Branson entertainers. In addition to the Brett Family, Hamner and Barber, slated for appearances to date are #1 Hits of the 60s, Clay Cooper, Barbara Fairchild, Allen Edwards, Wade Landry and Doug Gabriel. The cast of Country Tonite will perform and a video from their recent trip to visit troops in Iraq will be shown. Tom Mulica returns as emcee. Ambrus Presley will present the national anthem. Pastor Don Brezavar of Branson’s Church of the Harvest will bring the invocation and the Branson VVA will provide the color guard. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. For advanced reservations call 417-334-4363.

The Third Annual Pig Roast and Casino Night is set for May 30 at the Branson Hollister Lions Club, 1015 E. Highway 76. The pig roast is 5:30-6:30 p.m. followed by the casino night 6:30-10 p.m. “Funny money” and two different auctions, a funny money auction and a silent auction, are among the happenings. Cost for the dinner and casino night is $20 per person and includes “funny money.” To purchase advance tickets call 417-334-0733. A limited number of tickets may also be purchased at the door.

The Branson VVA supports local veterans in need with specific projects, transient vets when necessary and the current returning vets. Program includes annual sponsorship of one Iraq/Afghanistan veteran, an outreach called Breakfast with Buds and creating care packages to send to troops.

Corporate sponsors for Branson VVA include Branson’s Wal-Mart on Highway 76, Hollister Cycle, Ron’s Trailers, Lakeland Pharmacy, Mount Pleasant Winery, Motorcycle Boulevard, Main Street Jewelry, Spirits Shop, Stone County Cycle, Branson Wal-Mart Super Center, Shenanigan’s RV Park, Ozarks Kirkwood Travel and Gary’s Coiffures.

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