Singer Stephen Salyers prepping for charity concerts, benefit 5K
ASHLAND — Catlettsburg native Nashville singer/songwriter Stephen Salyers will be making tracks back to the Tri-State this weekend and next for two big holiday charity concerts and a benefit 5K run.
Salyers is performing for the fourth year at the annual Jingle Bell Charity Ball, that is set for 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7 at Fannins Automotive Family Dealership, 7405 U.S. 60, Ashland.
The Jingle Bell Charity Ball is a charity event which collects new toys or articles of clothing for children ages 0-14 to be distributed by CAReS - Community Assistance & Referral Services - the agency that assists the area’s less fortunate in Boyd and Greenup Counties.
That event will feature food and beverages, prizes, dancing, a silent auction and limo and taxi service after the ball.
Call 606-325-0407 for more info.
Salyers is also prepping for the third annual "Sounds of Christmas" 5K Race/Walk, which will take place at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 in downtown Russell (registration on site for $25 or pre-registration at www.tristateracer.com for $18.) First 150 participants will receive long sleeve tech shirts, prizes to be awarded.
Salyers, who runs many 5Ks and has done some half marathons, said he has a passion for running and for promoting good health in the Tri-State.
“Each year we try to make the event a little special and keep growing and the 5K race was a great way to do that because the Tri-State has such a huge running community,” Salyers said. “I also wanted to promote good health and to help beat childhood obesity. Therefore we are getting the kids involved with a walk and run. It’s important that running and walking be instilled early.”
Salyers said last year they had someone drive from Charleston with their kids to participate and hopes for even more folks at the run, which has people all decked out in holiday attire.
“It’s a blast and a great way to encourage good health during the holidays,” Salyers said. “And it’s something I always look forward to even though I play the Jingle Bell Ball until midnight and then have to be there for the run.”
That race and walk is one of the additions to Salyers annual Sounds of Christmas concert, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary.
That 10th Anniversary benefit concert dinner on Saturday, Dec. 15 will feature a few special guests. Two- time Grammy nominated, CMA and ACM winner, James Otto, will join Salyers as special musical guest.
Otto’s #1 hit "Just Got Started Lovin' You," was named the #1 country single of 2008 according to Billboard. There will be other special guests on site to celebrate the success of the "Sounds" show including "The Voice" of the Cincinnati Reds, Marty Brennaman and his wife Amanda.
Brennaman has been the voice of the Reds since 1974 and has been named the Ohio Sportscaster of the Year as well as the Virginia Sportscaster of the Year multiple times. Owner and General Manager of Fannin Automotive, Chris Fannin and his wife Amy will serve as co-chairs of the event. The Fannin’s have supported this event for many years.
The Honorary Troubadour Recipient Award will be presented to Kathy Setterman, long time Executive Director of the Paramount Arts Center.
Tickets are $75 per individual, sponsorship opportunities ranging from $1,000-$2,500 as well (part of ticket/sponsorship cost is tax deductible since it is a 501c-3 non-profit.) Information regarding tickets can be directed to 606-923-0670. The event will begin at 6pm with a cocktail reception, silent auction, seated meal and a musical performance.
The foundation has awarded over $250,000. Previous partners have included: Ebenezer Medical Outreach, For Jamie's Sake, Toys for Tots, CASA, Ronald-McDonald House, Russell Shop-With-A-Cop, The Ironton City Mission, the Huntington City Mission, The Daily Independent's Newspaper In Education, The Golden Girls and many more.
Read more about the Sounds of Christmas in next Thursday’s Weekend section of The Herald-Dispatch.