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October 3, 2012

Donny Osmond to appear at ‘Evening Among Friends’

Jan. 12 at St. Mark Catholic Church

RICHMOND — Donny Osmond will be the next celebrity guest for St. Mark Catholic Church’s Evening Among Friends series.

The Rev. Jim Sichko, St. Mark pastor, announced Tuesday, that Osmond would be the church’s guest on Saturday, Jan. 12.

“We are very pleased to announce some exciting new ‘bling’ for An Evening Among Friends,” Sichko said.

The event, from 6 p.m. until midnight at the church and school at the corner of West Main Street and Parrish Avenue, will be “an evening to remember,” the pastor said.

“This will be a Las Vegas Evening Among Friends” he said, and only 400 tickets will be sold.

Starting at 6 p.m., the event will feature “all sorts of casino games – black jack, Texas hold ’em, craps, roulette, money wheel and more,” Sichko said. “We’ll have the best card dealers to make it just like you’re in Las Vegas.”

Osmond’s show will begin at 8 p.m. but the charitable gaming will resume afterwards and continue until midnight, according to the announcement. Donny Osmond is a truly gifted entertainer, Sichko said. “He has been a headliner at the Flamingo in Las Vegas for many years.”

The entertainer, whose career has spanned five decades, got his start singing at age 5 with his brothers on Andy Williams’ TV show. Starting in 1976, when they had their own TV show, Donny has most often performed with his sister, Marie.

Tickets are $125 each and patrons must be at least 18. Rows of eight seats may be purchased for $2,000.

Because only a limited number of tickets will be sold, 400, Sichko urged guests not to put off their purchases.

For an extra $300 each, guests will have an opportunity to meet Osmond.

Tickets will be available on the church’s website, www.saintmarkcatholicchurch.com.

The Evening Among Friends series, is a fundraiser for St. Mark Catholic Church and School, but a small portion of the proceeds from each event goes to a local charity. A contribution from the January event will go to the Karyn Kuhn Yates Memorial Scholarship Fund at Eastern Kentucky University. Yates, who died Sept. 14 at age 50 ,worked in EKU’s Financial Aid Department.

“The glamour and glitz of  ‘A Las Vegas Evening Among Friends with Donny Osmond’ will conclude with the announcement of two other big names who will be coming to St. Mark for An Evening Among Friends in April and May,” Sichko said.

The May guest will be a famous southern cook and on May 19, St. Mark will play host to a a singer who has won both the County Music Association’s Female Vocalist of the Year and the Academy of County Music’s Top Female Vocalist awards. Those were the only hints he would give, however.

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