Thorsby to host benefit singing and cake championship

A benefit gospel singing will be held at Thorsby High School, Saturday, August 6.

The program will feature Tony Gore, a former Thorsby resident now living in Gatlinburg, Gene Lowery & The Samaritans, Amelia Hubbard, and the Canaanland Quartet.

The emcee for the evening’s festivities will be Kenneth Moates, and all proceed will go to help raise funds for Thorsby School, and will be used to purchase sound and lighting equipment for the auditorium. The Modern Woodmen of America Chapter 16128-Clanton has agreed to match any funds raised up to $1,250.

In addition to the singing, the Central Alabama Church Cake Championship will be held in the auditorium to help raise funds for Logan Pledger’s trip to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

Pledger, 10, is a fifth grade student at Thorsby School. He was diagnosed with T-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in January, and is currently waiting to have a bone marrow transplant. His sister Faith, 4, is an exact match for his bone marrow and will be his donor for the procedure.

Pam Price, the event coordinator, said the idea evolved from something the school had done for years.

“We had a cake auction for years,” she said. “I talked to Angie Barnett and Vanessa Langston, and they thought it was a good idea. So, we kind of all three came up with it.”

While the idea for a cake championship might be new to some, the concept is not. Each of the 14 churches’ entries will be judged on appearance, and then the winner will be decided by the judges’ results along with how much money the cake raises during a silent auction.

Price said she was pleased with the participation for the cake championship so far.

“We have churches from Montevallo and Calera in it too,” she said. “And we have all denominations represented.”

Tickets for the events are $8 in advance, and $10 at the door. Author Tommie Plier Mitchell will also be signing copies of her book, Lovable Courageous Callie. For more information, contact Price at 688-4266.

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