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Golden Girl Group Home hosting Veggie Tales Live

Sep. 26, 2012 @ 11:10 PM

HUNTINGTON -- Golden Girl Group Home is getting a helping hand from the world's most famous tomato-cucumber duo -- Bob and Larry of the Veggie Tales.

The group home facility, which serves dependent, neglected and predelinquent girls ages 12 to 21, will host the Veggie Tales Live! Tour, "God Made You Special," at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at Christ Temple Church, 2400 Johnstown Road, Huntington.

The show is a fundraiser for the organization's new transitional living house, expected to be completed in October, and features the Veggie Tales gang attempting to solve the mystery of the Silly Song Bandit while learning Biblical truths along the way.

"We had a donor who helped us acquire a house right on our current grounds, but we found out when we started gutting it that the foundation was less than adequate, so we have to tear that house totally down and build a new one," said Nikki Thomas, advancement leader for Golden Girl Group Home. "But, we're so excited and happy about it and the girls can't wait to move in."

The transitional living house adjacent to the existing Golden Girl property will accommodate six girls who have graduated high school and are moving on to a vocational program or college. The two-story house features a large living area, two-and-a-half baths and a study area with computers.

"We needed a space to help these girls learn independent living and help them succeed in college while having the support of our staff," Thomas said. "We can be there to support and guide them through the college process.

"Part of our mission at Golden Girl is to break the cycle of abuse and poverty and it's important that they graduate college. We have a lot of girls who have been through traumatic situations. That's why they're with us. They won't have the anxieties and worries they might have living on their own."

Thomas said many area companies have made donations to speed the construction and furnishing of the house along. They will be recognized during an open house celebration Friday, Oct. 26.

Tickets for the Veggie Tales show, which will feature fan favorite songs such as "Cheeseburger" and "The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything," are $30 for VIP admission, which includes a meet and greet with Veggie Tales characters; $15 for general admission; and free for children two and younger.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call the church at 304-522-7421 or visit www.veggietales.com/live.

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