Hot Winter Fun Big Show - Monday, February 3, 2014
20th Annual Hot Winter Fun Big Show Heats Up the Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater Stage
Branson, MO – (February 28 , 2013) – As the weather starts to heat up so do the stages in Branson, Missouri and at 7:00 PM on Monday, February 3, 2014, Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater will be sizzling with Branson’s 20th Annual Hot Winter Fun Big Show! Branson, dubbed the “live music show capital of the world”, is the perfect place to escape the winter blues during January and February. Branson’s Hot Winter Fun Big Show is the perfect event to sample a wide variety of shows and performers jam-packed into one exciting show.
The Hot Winter Fun Big Show provides fans an opportunity to see portions of several Branson shows that are open during the winter months of January, February and March. A complete list of entertainers and stars will be released in January.
“The Big Show has become a tradition for many visitors who plan their trip to Branson around the event. It’s also something local residents enjoy because they get to see some of the new shows opening for the season and some of their long time favorites debuting new songs and acts,” says Jeannie Horton, Board Member of The League of Branson Theatre Owners & Show Producers (The Branson Show League) and General Manager for Legends In Concert.
“Marketing the months of January, February, and March as Hot Winter Fun started in 1994 as a way to let our guests know they could enjoy the Branson experience year ‘round,” says Cindy Merry, marketing chair for The Branson Show League. “The Hot Winter Fun Big Show was created to raise funds to market Branson. Over the years we've used the funds to run television ads in Dallas, Houston and other markets as well as allowing us to send representatives out to travel and consumer shows. We look forward to doing that again."
The Branson Show League sponsors the annual Hot Winter Fun Big Show. All of the entertainers donate their performances and many volunteers and local businesses help produce and market the show.
Tickets for Branson’s 20th Annual Hot Winter Fun Big Show can be purchased by calling Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater directly at 417-339-3003. Tickets are $30 plus tax and service charge for adults, $ 9.95 plus tax and service charge for children ages 4 through 12.
*Please note that the snow date for the Hot Winter Fun Big Show is Wednesday, February 12.
About The League of Branson Theatre Owners and Show Producers (The Branson Show League)
The Branson Show League works to increase the success and well-being of the theatrical industry in the “Live Music Show Capital of the World” — Branson, Missouri. With over 100 live shows featuring music, comedy, magic, dancing, acrobats, theatrical plays, and more, the diversity and variety of choices of live shows make Branson a unique and fun-filled family vacation destination. The League strives to increase interest in Branson shows and show attendance, increase profitability for the Branson show community, and to promote communications between the shows and theaters as well as throughout the Branson community.
Branson Cares For Joplin Keeps On Raising Money
Help our Joplin neighbors was the message the Branson community wanted delivered during the live Branson Cares For Joplin Benefit Concert and Telethon, and clearly, generous viewers and concert attendees got the message. As of August 19, 2011, The League of Branson Theatre Owners & Show Producers (The Branson Show League) is pleased to announce that $202,732.29 of the pledged monies have been collected with an additional estimated $20,000 in pledges still outstanding. “To have over 90% of the money collected at this point is amazing,” says Cindy Merry, Branson Show League Marketing Chair, “and we expect to see most of the outstanding pledges collected over the next few weeks. Wouldn’t it be something to be able to say that of the estimated $221,000 pledged, on the night of the benefit, we collected a hundred percent? Help us reach that goal - if you’ve pledged a donation, please try and send it in by September 5th as there will be a formal check presentation to St John’s Mercy Hospital/Joplin during that week.”
Renee Johnson, Branson Show League Executive Director adds, “Of the monies already collected the Branson Show League has distributed $45,000 to the Joplin Band Booster account, $5,000 to the St Mary’s Catholic School Music program, and $1,000 dollars each to Palen Music and Hoover Music for instrument repairs. We’re also happy to report that over 300 instruments have been donated for the schools, with an estimated value of roughly $90,000 to $100,000. Funds donated to Joplin Band Booster account will be used for any instruments needing repair. In addition the Joplin High School was given two guitars (valued at approximately $4000) – a Taylor provided by Doyle Dykes and a Paul Reed Smith provided by Ricky Skaggs.”
“One hundred percent of all donated monies are going to the St John’s Mercy Hospital/Joplin and the Joplin Schools’ music programs,” says Jim Barber, from the Hamner Barber Variety Theatre and President of the Branson Show League. “We’d like to thank the volunteers who have spent an incredible amount of time collecting these donations. As performers, show producers, and those working in the entertainment industry, many of us thought that pulling off a benefit concert and telethon in less then 3 weeks was an amazing feat in and of itself. In reality, to complete the mission means getting the money collected and handed over to the folks in need. From databasing pledges for invoicing to returning hundreds of messages, the volunteers have probably spent more time on this than their full-time jobs. Our volunteers really have shown the Branson spirit of caring – both for their neighbors and to make sure the job is done right.”
Timothy Dutton, from the Dutton Family Theatre and Branson Show League Board Member, notes that some of the time intensive process involved deciphering hundreds of different handwriting on pledge forms. “We had somewhere close to 200 calls that we made to verify credit card information as there might be something about the information we couldn’t clearly understand – a transposed number or expiration date in most cases.” Timothy adds, “Actually the great thing about this was we talked to quite a lot of nice people who were so happy to be helping Joplin. They were sweet.”
The method of how folks communicated their donation was varied. From the traditional check mailed in to credit cards phoned in The Branson Show League tried to accommodate everyone. “Texting a pledge was an interesting new way to get donations,” says Susan Weimar, from the Acrobats of China featuring the New Shanghai Circus and a Branson Show League Board Member, “and we had approximately 100 of those, and of course, we had to call each of them to get their credit card information.”
Donations are still being collected. There are approximately 70 calls still to be made to donors to answer queries, clear up donation information, and arrange for collection of donations. Mike Hughes, of the Hughes Brothers Theatre and Branson Show League Business Chair says, “We want to make sure that every bit of money we can raise is going to help our friends in Joplin who were devastated by the EF5 tornado. This is an update of where we are right now with collections; however we plan to have a nice presentation event in Joplin the first week of September. So again, if please send in your pledge now…and even if you haven’t done a pledge, feel free to donate now.”
Hollye Gurley, from the Baldknobbers Theatre and Branson Show League Membership Chair, notes that “you can visit JoplinBenefit.com and still download the heart touching songs created for Joplin by our local stars. The songs are Just Hold On by Trey Wilson, Jason Robinson, and Michael W. Davis (a.k.a. Fall Creek Road) and the Joplin Song by Doug Gabriel. A hundred percent of those proceeds also go to help St. John’s Mercy Hospital.”
Ann Stafford, of the Jim Stafford Theatre and Branson Show League Vice-President, adds, “We are truly thankful for the blessing of all the folks who helped achieve this resoundingly successful benefit. There’s a vast list of people who deserve a pat on the back for this community effort to help Joplin. While this particular press release doesn’t name all of those who helped, we do want to continually acknowledge the support of so many. On behalf our Branson Cares For Joplin committee and the Branson Show League we’d like to say to our performers, production crews, writers, technical teams, those in the telephone room, the on-air talent, benefit organizers, promoters, broadcasters, donation collectors; to those who provided transportation, donations, meals, tickets, services, and silent auction items; and to those who donated time and money, job well done.”
Donations to the Joplin relief effort may be made to:
Branson Cares Joplin Benefit
c/o The League of Branson Theatre Owners and Show Producers
Post Office Box 5083
Branson, Missouri 65615
Or by visiting www.JoplinBenefit.com
Joplin Benefit Concert & Telethon Donations To Be Distributed Soon
Generous Friends, We are so very touched and encouraged by the overwhelming response that we have received for the Branson Cares for Joplin Benefit Concert & Telethon! To see so many companies and individuals step up and help our friends in Joplin is very inspiring.
The League of Branson Theatre Owners & Show Producers (The Branson Show League) is very grateful to be able to donate 100% of the proceeds raised through the Joplin Benefit Concert & Telethon. Through the countless hours that our volunteers have spent producing the concert and telethon and then processing the thousands of pledges that have come in, we are now close to having a reportable, reliable number as to what has been raised.
We are asking that everyone who requested a pledge invoice please return your donation by August 19th. We are also close to finalizing collections of all mailed donations, credit card charges, music downloads, and individual theatre donations. The labor intensive process of collecting every donation and pledge has been wholly dependent on volunteers and we truly appreciate the patience of St. John's Mercy Hospital/Joplin and the Joplin Schools music program as we gather up the donations.
In regards to our drive for musical instruments to benefit the Joplin schools, a fund is being established to help pay for repairs of donated instruments and/or purchase instruments as deemed necessary by the music departments. At this time the Branson Show League has authorized $50,000 out of the donations that have been received for that fund. Both Palen Music Center and Hoover Music Company have received donated instruments and continue to repair those in order to get them into the hands of young students as quickly as possible. We greatly appreciate our music sponsors, especially with band camp season coming up!
We are again asking everyone who made pledges to get those donations in by August 19th in order for us to give an accurate total of all donations received; and then pass those donations on to St. John's Mercy Hospital/Joplin and the Joplin Schools music program.
Again, we feel so fortunate to be able to work with such wonderful people in a time of crisis, and hope that the efforts here assist the people of Joplin on their road to a full recovery! We appreciate the support and patience from all of those who graciously volunteered their time, talents, and money for this worthwhile cause.
The League of Branson Theatre Owners & Show Producers