Kenny Rogers – Photo by Piper Ferguson
Central Kentucky residents have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to personally meet country music icon and “The Gambler,” Kenny Rogers, when he makes his last stop in Danville at the Norton Center For The Arts on April 8 as part of his final world tour, The Gambler’s Last Deal Tour. In an online silent auction to benefit CASA of the Bluegrass, two exclusive VIP meet-and-greet tickets to meet Rogers backstage before his concert, along with two premium-seating concert tickets, will be up for the highest bidder’s grabs for ten days on eBay.com from January 15 to January 25, 2017.
 
Donations are tax-deductible, and all proceeds will benefit CASA of the Bluegrass, which serves to advance the best interests of abused and neglected children in the Anderson, Boyle, Franklin, and Mercer County Family Court Systems through the training and support of community volunteers who serve as Court Appointed Special Advocates working with children, the family, and the court. Currently, there is an increased demand for CASA volunteers and training.
 
“CASA volunteers are flies on the wall during some of the most horrific events in a child’s life, and some of the most wonderful,” said Laura Guerrant, executive director for CASA of the Bluegrass. “It can be emotional at times; it can be draining at times. But the end result of knowing that you helped ensure the child’s safety and permanency… that is exciting. That is the ultimate goal. There’s nothing better than seeing a family reunited or a child adopted,” Guerrant added.
 
The starting bid for the VIP package is $100, with hopes the charity can raise much more – all of which will go directly to funding the efforts of CASA of the Bluegrass. Interested donors can place their bids by visiting the homepage of casaofthebluegrass.org and clicking the “Kenny Rogers VIP Package Live Auction” button at the top, which will take them directly to the listing at eBay.com. Or they can access the direct eBay link: http://www.ebay.com/itm/-/132065329833. Final payment is processed through PayPal.
 
Throughout his unprecedented career, Kenny Rogers has sold more than 120 million albums worldwide and is the RIAA’s eighth best-selling male solo artist of all time. The first country artist to consistently sell out arenas, Rogers quickly became a pop superstar as well with smash hits like “Lucille,” “Lady,” “Islands In The Stream,” “You Decorated My Life,” “The Gambler,” and many more.
 
In 2015, Rogers was named CMT’s Artist Of A Lifetime, a career highlight preceded by his three GRAMMY Awards, 11 People’s Choice Awards, 19 American Music Awards, eight Academy Of Country Music (ACM) Awards and six Country Music Association (CMA) Awards. Last year, he announced his retirement on the Today Show and commenced The Gambler’s Last Deal Tour.
 
“I’m really looking forward to performing in Kentucky again,” Rogers told The Advocate-Messenger in a recent interview. “I love your part of the country and the people there.”
 
For more information on the silent auction to benefit CASA of the Bluegrass, visit casaofthebluegrass.org or call Amanda Clark at 502-419-8934.
 
For more information on Kenny Rogers, visit kennyrogers.com.
Jessica Bray has been a music journalist and historian for over 15 years. She enjoys providing concert photography, reviews, red carpet event coverage, and exclusive interviews of your favorite country music singers. She is a Kentucky Colonel, as well as a collector of Volkswagen and Gnome items.

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