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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

March 9, 2011

Fundraiser at Northwest features alumni, Branson performers

MARYVILLE, Mo. - A Northwest Missouri State University alumnus and Branson performer will headline a fundraising event "Bringing Home the Talent" at 2 p.m., Sunday, March 13, at the University's Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts.

Tickets can be purchased in advance for $25 or at the door for $30. Tickets for children 10 and under are $12.

Advance tickets may be purchased in Maryville at Bank Midwest, Hy-Vee Food, in Stanberry at Farmers State Bank and Bank Northwest; in Grant City at Sherry's Pharmacy; in Savannah at Sisters of St. Francis Ministries Center and St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church; in Fairfax at the Farmers State Bank; in Tarkio at Farmers State Bank; in Rock Port at Livengood Accounting and Atchison County Development Office; in Mound City at Laukemper Motor and The Attic: in Oregon at Citizen's Bank; in King City at Aberdeen's Steakhouse and Twisted Stix & Posies.   

Eight performers are slated to appear at the event, which is a fundraiser to benefit the Northwest Missouri Enterprise Facilitation.

Artists scheduled to perform are:

  • Todd Bradshaw: Bradshaw grew up in Maryville and began singing in high school. A 1999 graduate of Northwest, he has performed at Worlds of Fun and in several Branson shows including the 2001 Branson Show of the Year, "Sundown Jubilee" at Silver Dollar City. He has been the male vocalist for "Grand Jubilee" for eight years.
  • Terry Wayne Sanders: Sanders has entertained millions of people as a comedian in Branson, for 32 years. He was named Comedian of the Year in 2005, 2006 and 2007, and performs on his own hour-long television show called "Branson Country." He donates his time and talents to The Muscular Dystrophy Association.
  • Tammy and Andy Heath: The couple first performed on the stages of Worlds of Fun while attending Northwest. Celebrating 30 years of singing together, the Heaths have had successful careers in Nashville and headlined shows in a vocal quartet on luxury cruise lines around the world. They now live in the Kansas City area.
  • Adam Showalter: Showalter, a native of Craig, is a percussive finger style guitarist. This style of acoustic guitar involves rapid movement of the fingers and hands to create both the rhythm and melody simultaneously. He plays weekly at restaurants and coffee shops, and he recently released a record of original songs and compositions titled "Music or Lose It."
  • Jeff Anslinger: Anslinger, of Savannah, is known as a cowboy poet who has the ability to entertain and charm those of any age with his engaging voice. He recently released his first recorded collection of poetry, titled "The Ride," which is a blend of comedy, truth telling and musings.
  • Jason Riley: A native of Tarkio, Riley is a versatile guitarist with experience in recording, composing, teaching and performing in multiple styles. He has produced and released four solo CDs and has been featured extensively on many albums by other artists. Riley's versatility in style contributed to him winning competitions and reader's polls in both rock and country genres.
  • Cynthia Fisher Lawhorn: Lawhorn is a longtime Lake of the Ozarks, musician. Calling Worth County her home, Lawhorn started singing and performing in various northwest Missouri locations at a young age. She now plays a variety of old favorite hits from a variety of genres including classic rock ‘n' roll, country, blues and bluegrass, and easy listening.
  • Fred Mares: Mares is an accomplished journalist, author, and piano and guitar performer. He has performed throughout the midwest and is known in Maryville as a friendly Hy-vee greeter and humanitarian.

Two University organizations are assisting as co-sponsors. The University's Phi Sigma Kappa Fraternity is offering valet parking and the Catholic Newman Center will provide concessions.

The Northwest Missouri Enterprise Facilitation is a non-profit organization that relies on donations, grants and fundraisers to obtain funds to serve the six-county area of Northwest Missouri. Its mission is to provide free confidential business services to assist entrepreneurs and small businesses as a means to fulfill their dreams of owning and operating a business. In 2010, Enterprise Facilitation assisted 11 new businesses with their start-ups throughout Atchison, Holt, Nodaway, Andrew, Gentry and Worth counties.

For more information or to purchase tickets contact Marilyn Alldredge at 660.744.3146 or 660.686.2495.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Media Relations Specialist | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468