Celebrities team up to help benefit 4 county youth

Published 12:00 am Thursday, May 6, 2010

What do the parents of sextuplets, a country music star and Cajun cooking have in common?

They’re all featured entertainment at Saturday’s “Celebrating Life” benefit at the Florala High School stadium. Organized to help four local youth battling severe medical issues, the day will feature 13 entertainment acts, Louisiana cooks and a wide variety of children’s activities.

Bryan and Jenny Masche from the WEtv show “Raising Sextuplets,” along with their six 2-year old children, will kick off the event at 11 a.m.

The Masches are coming off last month’s appearances on NBC’s Today show and the Rachel Ray show that included Paula Deen as a guest. Their own reality show kicks off their third season in June and can be seen on WEtv.

Proceeds from Saturday’s event, minus expenses, will be donated to Tyler Rasberry and T.J. Fleming of Florala and Julie-Layton Bryan and Caitie Rhodes of Straughn. Rasberry suffered injuries in a car accident; Fleming, Bryan and Rhodes are each battling some form of cancer.

“We wanted to do something for all the youth in our community and their families,” said organizer Newton Peters said. “The cost of medicine, hotel rooms and such adds up. This money will help alleviate some of that.”

Newton said he met Jenny Masche in a Memphis airport and invited the family to attend.

“Turns out she has a dear one who is going through some of the same types of situation and it really struck home,” he said. “They’ve been gracious enough to come and show their support.”

For musical entertainment, there are 13 acts ranging from country music artist Shane Owens to R&B and contemporary gospel with a comedy act thrown in to lighten the mood.

“Plus we’ll have several local acts, including ‘Glorious Disaster,’ who will perform during the benefit,” he said. “To me, the food is what is going to be the exciting part, though.”

The Louisiana cooking group “Crew Da Pas’ Bon” will prepare 1,000 pounds of boiled crawfish and hold a cooking demonstration on preparing some homemade rue based gumbo. The Louisiana “crew” will also be joined by dozens of local cooks creating everything from hamburgers and hot dogs to pork steak sandwiches and andouille sausage po’ boys.

There will also be fun jumps, face painting and other children’s activities throughout the day.

Admission is $5, and gates open at 10:30 a.m. with the closing prayer scheduled at 7 p.m.