Event to bring community together

Friday, May 25, 2012

The Trumann Class of 1962 is sponsoring an event with the goal of bringing the whole community together for live entertainment, great food and a silent auction that will benefit the Sims/Talbot Adult Education and Training Center.

Jerry Sims, a member of the Class of 1962, and his sister Patti Sims Swinford, donated $250,000 toward the building of an adult education center in Trumann. Members of the Class of 1962 decided they wanted to organize this event to help contribute to the center.

"The class wanted to make a Trumann event to pull the community together, including Trumann graduates, alumni, people from Trumann and people in the area who aren't from Trumann but want to help support the community," Barbara Lewallen of the Trumann Chamber of Commerce said.

The event, called Friday Night at the Show, will be held from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m Friday, June 8, at the Historic Community House at 100 Poinsett Avenue. The event will focus on remembering the past with music celebrating the '50s and '60s and a video called "Memories of Trumann" playing throughout.

DVDs of the video also will be on sale.

"Part of the purpose is also to focus on the Historic Community House," Lewallen said. "It was built by the Singer Company in 1927, and it's never fallen out of use. It seemed a fitting place to hold the event."

Live entertainment will include Elvis impersonator Brian Lee Howell, country songstress and THS alumnus Judy Byram Webb, and The Good Friends, a local band who will perform music from the '50s and '60s. Josh Harvison, a reporter with KAIT and 2002 graduate of Trumann High School, will be Master of Ceremonies for the event.

Lewallen said that, in addition to the Class of 1962, other sponsors of the event include the Trumann Fine Arts Council, Trumann Chamber of Commerce, the City of Trumann, the Community House Foundation and the Trumann Alumni Association.

"A lot of people donated time and effort to put this together," she said. "We hope it will be a great event to benefit the community."

All the proceeds from the silent auction will go toward equipment for adult education center.

Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door and can be purchased from the Chamber of Commerce in the municipal building. Tickets are also available online at fridaynightattheshow.com. For more information, call (870) 483-5424.

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