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Patsy Cline tribute show at Ligonier Country Club to benefit Children's Hospital

| Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

“Portrait of Patsy,” a tribute to legendary county music artist Patsy Cline, is an interactive show staring Cathi Rhodes scheduled Sept. 20 at the Ligonier Country Club.

The event is part of a fundraising campaign Howard Hanna Real Estate Services sponsors to raise money for Children's Hospital Free Care Fund.

“I am very proud of this special evening and to work with such a great bunch of folks for this worthy cause,” said Rhodes. “What better group to support than our youngest who need medical care?”

Rhodes said she was excited to be approached by the staff of the Ligonier Howard Hanna office to perform for the fundraiser that the company holds annually. Howard Hanna Services has been fundraising for the Children's Fund more than 25 years, with each office holding its own independent events.

The Ligonier office raised more than $2,500 when they sponsored a play at the Ligonier Theatre last year. They hope to raise even more with this year's event.

Tickets for “Portrait of Patsy” are $25 and include the show and a pasta buffet dinner. A basket raffle, Chinese and silent auctions, and a 50/50 drawing will be held. The pasta buffet begins at 5:30 p.m., with the show starting at 7 p.m. A cash bar is available.

Prizes include a four-pack of tickets to the “Big and Rich” show at Pepsi Cola Roadhouse and a variety of basket with themes such as: pool party, entertainment, autumn, food and dining, gardening, Mary K cosmetics, wine and Steelers.

“We had a lot of community involvement,” said Tom King, office manager of the Ligonier Howard Hanna office. “Many local businesses donated auction items.”

Tickets can be purchased at the Howard Hanna office on West Main Street or by calling 724-238-9099.

Rhodes has been portraying Patsy Cline since 2005 when she directed and stared in a stage production about the artist. After selling out 10 shows for the Valley Players of Ligonier, Rhodes went on to produce her own show.

“I feel so blessed to be able to put smiles upon the hearts of so many people with my singing,” said Rhodes. “Making a living at what you love is truly a dream come true.”

As a tribute artist, Rhodes has performed at a variety of parties and venues — including the Gateway Clipper in Pittsburgh.

“Patsy has been very good to me,” said Rhodes. “I've always enjoyed her music and her velvety voice.” Rhodes recalls visiting Cline's hometown with her mother, whom she refers to as the ‘original' Patsy fan.

The audience is encouraged to come dressed in their best western wear. Dancing is encouraged, as is singing along with Pasty.

“I always love getting the audience involved and having a great time,” said Rhodes, “It will be a night to remember.”

Since the company-wide fundraising campaign began, Howard Hanna has donated more than $8.3 million dollars to local children's hospitals.

“Children are the most vulnerable members of our society. We need to look out for them,” said King, “They're our future.”

Money raised in each region stays in that area to help assure that needy children will not be denied the best medical care available.

“What we raise stays to benefit the immediate community,” said King.

The public is invited to help out this great cause, while at the same time enjoying an exciting night of entertainment.

“It's a great venue — dinner and a show,” said King. “It will be a nice evening out with a tremendous entertainer.”

Cami DiBattista is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.

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