The yearly celebration honoring country music legends and Fort Payne natives Alabama starts tonight and runs through June 23.
Kicking off Alabama’s Fan Appreciation Week is Teddy Gentry’s Singing with the Stars. The event is Thursday at the Tom Bevill Lyceum located at Northeast Alabama Community College.
The doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and the performances are set to begin at 6 p.m. with proceeds benefiting the DeKalb County Children’s Advocacy Center.
CAC Executive Director Liz Wheatley said this event is a time for the community to honor the long-standing musical tradition of our “hometown boys,” the group Alabama.
According to officials, Thursday’s event will feature Teddy Gentry and the Rockit City Band, along with performances by young singers from DeKalb, Jackson, and Etowah Counties.
Wheatley said some “great” students will be performing Thursday night for the competition concert.
“We are always excited and honored that Teddy Gentry and the Rockit City Band will be performing as well,” Wheatley said.
Now in its sixth year, Wheatley said one of the primary focus of Singing with the Stars is to raise awareness for the Children’s Advocacy Center.
“This event helps us with awareness,” she said. “It reminds people what the advocacy center is all about, which is helping abused and at-risk children.”
This fundraiser not only helps showcase the local talent in the area, but Wheatley said it is also an essential resource in aiding the CAC in reducing the trauma of abuse through prevention, intervention, and treatment.
Wheatley said this is a time to offer appreciation to the group Alabama for the work they’ve done as well as a way to promote arts, the youth and their talents.
“It’s a great event for us all around,” Wheatley said.
There will be a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winner chosen by a panel of judges and audience members.
Performing tonight are the following students:
• Whitney Bone, Reagan Mason and Ella Ferguson from Ruhama
• Katie Coots from Fyffe
• Daisey Hernandez from Valley Head
• Nathan Young from Ider
• Erin Womack from Fort Payne
• Laney Travis, Homeschool
• Sidney King from Plainview
• Anna Beth McSpadden from Henagar
• Addison Lee from Moon Lake
• Madison Morgan from Sylvania
• Hailey Haston from Crossville
• Hillary Green from Section
• Erica Green from Sardis
Wheatley said the Singing with the Stars event usually sees anywhere from 400 to 450 people in attendance.
Wheatley said she encourages the public to come out and support the hometown folks, the youth and the local musical talent.
“Ultimately [your] support for this event will help abused and at-risk children,” Wheatley said.
Ticket prices are $15 for adults 18 and older and tickets are $8 for students under 18.
Tickets may be purchased Thursday at the Tom Bevill Lyceum, located on Highway 35 in Powell. Tickets may also be purchased prior by calling the Children’s Advocacy Center at 256-997-9700.