For the last 32 years, singer/songwriter Ronnie McDowell, has made it his holiday mission to make Christmas special for underprivileged children, and this year, he is performing live at the Donoho Entertainment Center in Red Boiling Springs during a concert entitled ‘The Elvis Christmas Story’ to help ensure that his mission continues.On Saturday evening, December 18th, at 7 p.m., McDowell will be joined by Ms. Millie Kirkham, former back-up singer for the King of Rock’n’Roll himself, in performing hit songs from Elvis’ Christmas album including Blue Christmas, Silent Night and Santa’s Coming to Town, in an effort to raise money for his annual Christmas project.
Proceeds from event ticket sales will aide McDowell in his yearly quest to allot each needy child in his hometown of Portland, Tennessee, $100 in Christmas cash to spend at Wal-Mart.
“This is the 32nd year we’ve done this for the children,” McDowell said. “We take them all on a bus to Wal-Mart in Franklin, Tennessee, and let them each spend $100 on whatever they want. Then we take them all to lunch at McDonalds in Portland.”
McDowell has scheduled this year’s holiday shopping spree for underprivileged children on December 15th, and the proceeds from his December 18th concert will mark the beginning of his 2011 Christmas for Kids project fund.
“This is a tradition that makes the kids’ Christmas and mine,” McDowell remarked. “As we all know, Christmas is all about the kids, and all proceeds from the concert will go towards a wonderful cause.”
For those in the spirit of holiday giving, McDowell also encourages purchasing tickets to the concert and giving them to local children in need or elderly residents currently residing in assisted living facilities.
Front row tickets for ‘The Elvis Christmas Story’ can be purchased for $35 and all other seats can be purchased by $20. It is important to note that dinner is not included in the ticket cost, but will be available for guests who wish to purchase a meal. To purchase tickets or receive more information, call Joanne Gore at 615-325-4783.