The 2013 Gala Benefit is a special celebration for BYS, as it commemorates the organization's 50th anniversary. BYS always hosts its Gala Benefits in February because it is the month of BYS founder Tom Butterfield's birthday.
In honor of 50 years of helping children, the benefit will host a cocktail reception at 6 p.m., dinner at 7:30 p.m. and live music and dancing at 9 p.m. Individual tickets are $50, and V.I.P. table tickets (for eight seats) cost $600.
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Soft drinks, wine and beer will be served at the cocktail reception. A cash bar is also available. The dinner menu features carved prime rib donated by Cargill or chicken donated by Tyson, potato artichoke gratin, grilled asparagus, salad, dinner rolls and dessert. The Salty Dawg's Cold Sweat of Kansas City will play an acoustic set during the dinner.
After dinner, Salty Dawg's Cold Sweat will play more live music with a special guest appearance by local blues musician Will Campbell, a former member of the Fabulous Thunderbirds, currently with The Mannish Boys.
The band's set list features an eclectic mix of blues, R & B and jazz music.
BYS's Gala Benefit will kick off their 50th anniversary celebrations. They will also be producing a monthly "Throwback 50th Anniversary" newsletter that celebrates the organization's past and present achievements, a special viewing of the movie about BYS's founding, "The Children that Nobody Wanted" and more special events, according to Coble.
"We want this to be a community celebration because the community rallied around Tom (Butterfield) and made this organization a success," Coble said. "Marshall has been a gift to BYS."
Sponsors for the event include Jeremy and Jodi Blumhorst, Wes and Lori Craig, Jeff and Bethany Harris, Scott and Melissa Hartwig, John and Donna Huston, Nick and Leslie Huston, Bill and Shermaine Riggins, Bud and Kim Summers and Dan and Amy Weber.