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September 27, 2013

Special benefit

It’s for the new monument

Athens — String's Guitar Studio and Elder Dodge, in association with Amber Dilane Homes, Lakeshore Marine Construction, Steve Grant Realty and Watson Horizontal Boring are proud to announce the Henderson County Veterans Memorial Benefit, "Music for the Monument."

The event will be on  Saturday Oct. 5, 5:30 p.m. at the East Texas Arboretum in Athens.

There will be live music,good food and a raffle. One hundred percent of all money raised goes directly to help fund the maintenence, insurance, future expansion and security of the Veterans Memorial.

Acoustic performances by local residents Ken Hammond with his sister, April Keyworth and her son Tyler, Reed Allen and Chance Pena. There will also be rock-n-roll selections from the Sharks with many guests sitting in, including the students of String's Guitar Studio. The music starts at 6 p.m.

 Shrimp gumbo, fajitas, hot dogs, kettle corn and other surprises will be on the menu. All food is available on a first-come first-serve basis. There are limited tables and seating, so bring a blanket or lawn chair as it is anticipated the Pavillion will fill up. Admission is free. Event T-shirts and Posters will also be available on first-come first-serve basis.

Paul String of String’s Guitar and Studio said he made the decision to have a “cooler version” of the traditional student recital.

“So we put a band together consisting of Cliff Penkert on lead guitar and vocals, Terry ‘TJ’ Jannasch on drums, Dave Beery on bass and myself on rhythm guitar, vocals, and decided to give the students their first time on stage and band experience,” String said.

String said he thought the Pavillion at the Arboretum would be perfect, so he contacted Teresa Glasgow at the Arboretum, learned of the Memorial and it's need, and immediately saw the possibility.

“My dad was a WWII vet, and I have two cousins who are veterans, one who served in Vietnam and one WWII,” String said.

String said everyone’s lives have been affected by our veterans and so many people immediately got on board to support such a great cause.

Included in that list are sponsors Athens VFW Post No. 7103, John and Bev Holipski, Dennis Fisher, Kristal Jordan, Missy's Professional Hair Care, Reynolds New York Store, Salom Te Pa, Smith Lumber and the Weaver Family.

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