- YMCA

The 12th annual “Strong Y” dinner and show at the Seymour YMCA promises to be the best ever.

Set for Saturday, March 21, at the YMCA’s gymnasium on

East Center Avenue, this year’s celebration includes a chef-inspired meal, auctions with high-quality merchandise and entertainment from Branson comedian Terry Wayne Sanders.

Cost is $30 for a single ticket or $50 for a double ticket.

Doors open at 6 p.m.

Dinner is at 6:30 p.m.

The show starts at 7 p.m., with live and silent auctions set during the event.

“We’re excited about this year’s dinner and envision it being the best one we’ve put on,” explained Chad Watson, CEO of the Ozarks Family YMCA, which has facilities in Cabool, Mountain Grove, Seymour and Willow Springs.

“Terry Wayne Sanders, quite frankly, is hilarious. We’ve boosted up the auction items ... many of them will be bought in advance to ensure high quality. And the meal, we feel, will be the best ever.”

This year’s dinner will include a chef-inspired and professional-chef prepared, multi-course meal featuring Caprese chicken and fettuccine with vodka sauce.

Crostini and bruschetta will be served as an appetizer, followed by a heritage-blend salad. Served with the main course will be a chef-style vegetable blend.

Dessert includes key-lime cheesecake.

Drinks also are provided, while all attendees will be professionally served by volunteer waiters and waitresses.

Invitations for the Strong Y event have been sent. Those who plan to attend are encouraged to purchase tickets as soon as possible, as organizers said the event will sell out before its arrival on March 21.

Entertainment from Sanders will leave show patrons in stitches.

He has been a performer for 40 years, a Branson “Comedian Of The Year” winner seven times and is entering his 41st year of service at the Branson theme park Silver Dollar City. For the past two years, Sanders has performed on the Carnival Cruise Lines.

He’s a native of Mountain Grove and is known to many from when he appeared on the former hit television show “Hee Haw.”

“This is an event you won’t want to miss,” Watson said.

“Best of all, it’s for a great cause.”

All proceeds from March 21 benefit the Strong Y program, which exists to provide scholarships to underprivileged, atrisk youth in the Seymour community so that they can have a membership to participate in YMCA programs.

For more on the Strong Y dinner and show or the purchase tickets, visit the Seymour YMCA at 315 East Center Avenue or call 417-935-2177.

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