By Ashley Graves
The Cullman Times
A large group of local students are gearing up to showcase their talents for a good cause.
On Saturday, Feb. 16, over 60 students, ages 4 to 21, will be performing as part of the 13th Brownes Memorial For Kids’ Sake Variety Show, a fundraiser for the Cullman Regional Medical Center Foundation.
“We hope the community will join us for this treasured Cullman tradition that celebrates the talented young performers from our area,” said Maria Stanford, director of the CRMC Foundation.
According to Stanford, the foundation event was started in 1993 by Dr. Eugene Bownes, one of Cullman’s most beloved pediatricians, as a way for school-age children from the area to feature their musical and theatrical talents. Since its inception, the event has raised more than $100,000 in proceeds for the care of local infant and pediatric patients. Such money has been used to purchase items such as video games for pediatric patients to help alleviate stress wile staying in the hospital, arterial core thermometers for making it easier to take young patients’ temperatures, and a fetal pulse oximeter, which monitors fetal oxygen saturation in babies before they are born.
“Engaging the kids in the show allows them to be exposed to a philanthropic event at a tender age,” Stanford said. “Through their participation they will learn how to make a difference for patients in the CRMC Pediatric Center.”
Stanford credited Shirley Quattlebaum, event chair, for the success the show.
“We couldn’t do this without Shirley,” she said. “She has been involved with it for many years, and has a passion for arts in our community, and has a love to help the youth showcase their gifts.”
As part of a new addition to this year’s event, the Wallace State Future Foundation has announced it will partner with the CRMC Foundation and the Bownes Memorial For Kids Sake Show to present four scholarships. Each of the $250 scholarships will be awarded to For Kids Sake participants who are high school juniors, and may be used toward Wallace State dual enrollment, accelerated/honors, and traditional coursework, as well as books and supplies.
“We’re so grateful Wallace State has once again allowed us to partner with them and utilize their state of the art facility,” Stanford said.
Doors to the event, which is being held at the Betty Leeth Haynes Student Center on the campus of Wallace State, will open at 1:30 p.m., with entertainment beginning at 2 p.m.
“We look forward to this event each time for the joy it brings to the audience watching,” said Jim Weidner, president and CEO and Cullman Regional Medical Center. “The kids who perform are the future of healthcare philanthropy for Cullman, and it’s exciting to see their enthusiasm at such young ages.”
Advanced tickets for the show can be bought from any performer, or from the CRMC Foundation office, located on the first floor of the CRMC Professional Office Building I near Subway for $5. Admission at the door is $10.
* Ashley Graves can be reached by phone at 734-2131,ext. 225, or by email at email@example.com