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COVID claims Jamming for the Kids concert but the needs will be met

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2020 would be the 23rd year for the Jamming for the Kids concert. Unfortunately, organizers feel that the risk is too great to hold the event this year.

“I can’t in good conscience go forward with the event, so many of our regular attendees are in the age group that puts them most at risk,” event organizer Kemper Ehrhardt said on Friday. “We had the largest event in our history last year and planned on moving from the Country Club to Levee Street Warehouse because we had outgrown that venue.”

But Ehrhardt went on to say the need in our community still exists and many longtime supporters have already committed to supporting the cause. The event was created to bring Christmas to children whose parents are incarcerated as well as those in the custody of Children’s Protective Services.

Ernie Hall, who serves as director of River City Rescue Mission, has also been chaplain at the Warren County Jail for the past 17 years. Hall says that there are also children that his group services throughout the year that “fall through the cracks” of other agencies and programs. Hall and his agency act as stewards of the money collected.

Most years, around 350 children from infants to age 18 benefit from the program. The coronavirus pandemic that has impacted so many families this years means that needs could even greater this holiday season.

Sheriff Martin Pace and his team of elves go shopping for many of the children and deliver the presents. Hall sees that the remaining children receive age appropriate gifts. Ehrhardt said that arrangements are being made to have drop off locations for those who wish to donate new unwrapped toys.

If you would like to contribute financially you can do so by visiting RiverCityRescueMission.org or you can drop off your toys or donations at the River City Rescue Mission at 3705 Washington St.

For more information contact Ernie at (601) 636-6602.

Also, please remember that River City Rescue Mission needs the community’s support for both feeding the less fortunate during both Thanksgiving and Christmas. Donations of turkeys and fixings for both meals and food boxes would be greatly appreciated.

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Vicksburg father and daughter finish St. Jude marathon together

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(photo courtesy of Philip Doiron)

Vicksburg natives Anna Kate Doiron and her father, Phillip Doiron, finished the virtual St. Jude race together last Saturday, November 14, 2020, making them two of the first participants of the first virtual marathon hosted by the Memphis children’s hospital.

Both Anna Kate and Phillip began training in June during the height of the pandemic. They met up over some weekends in places such as Lake Bruin, Louisiana to train in order to prepare for what would be Anna Kate’s first marathon.

The two traveled to Oxford, Mississippi  last weekend where they had plenty of supporters cheering them on.  Anna Kate and Phillip ran for 4 hours and 58 minutes with a total distance of 26 miles.

During the race, Anna Kate and Phillip made it to Taylor, Mississippi where some of Anna Kate’s closest friends had signs and were cheering them on. Phillips’s wife, Kara, was waiting at the finish line to congratulate her daughter and husband.

Anna Kate posted her excitement on her Instagram page where she shared a photo with her father after completing the marathon.

Phillip, Executive Director and CEO of the Vicksburg YMCA, was thrilled to be able to share his love of fitness with his daughter.

“What started out as a fitness goal turned into some of the best memories that I have had in a long time with her,” Phillip said.

Anna Kate, who was the 2017 valedictorian of St. Aloysious, is now a senior Integrated Marketing Communications major at Ole Miss. After the successful race, the Doiron family was able to stay in Oxford and continue celebrating as the Ole Miss Rebels defeated South Carolina 59-42.

The annual fundraising event began in 1977 as the Memphis Express Marathon, and became St. Jude Memphis Marathon in 2002. Since taking over the race, more than $60 million has been raised to support the hospital and allow countless children to receive free healthcare.

With the introduction of the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic, St. Jude marathon organizers knew they could not cancel the hospital’s largest fundraiser. Instead, they reinvented the way racing is done. The 19th annual St. Jude Memphis Marathon® Weekend has transitioned to an interactive virtual experience taking place over a four-month period, beginning in August, and culminating with a virtual race day on Saturday, December 5.

Heather Mullins Williams contributed to this story.

 

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VIDEO – Stormy Daniels investigates the paranormal in Vicksburg

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David Childers and Stormy Daniels (photo by Thomas Parker)

Stormy Daniels is at the McNutt House in Vicksburg this weekend.

She is in town to do a paranormal investigation at the house with local ghost hunter David Childers, Ashley Storm and others. The event, which takes place Saturday evening, is a memorial fundraiser for Childers’ brother, Bradley Sandford, who died in September at the age of 36.

Tickets are sold out for the event.

Daniels, a former adult film star, rose to national attention because of her accusations that President Donald Trump paid her $130,000 to keep their 2006 affair quiet a month before the 2016 election. Although Trump’s then attorney Michael Cohen initially denied the payment, he eventually admitted that he had paid Daniels. Cohen pleaded guilty to campaign finance charges in relation to the case. For that accusation and others, Cohen was convicted and sentenced to federal prison. Trump has denied that he instructed Cohen to pay Daniels.

 

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‘Miracle on Swing Street’ comes to Vicksburg

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Fabulous Equinox Orchestra (photo source https://equinoxorchestra.com/)

The Vicksburg Convention Center (VCC) and VenuWorks of Vicksburg are excited to announce a holiday jazz brunch event in partnership with Beyond Walls Ministry and River City Rescue Mission.

The Fabulous Equinox All-Stars is bringing “Miracle on Swing Street, A Holiday Soiree,” their holiday tour, to the VCC Sunday, Dec. 13, at 12:30 p.m. The event includes a classic brunch and jazz orchestra performing some swinging holiday tunes. Due to social distancing protocol, space is limited.

Tickets go on sale Monday, Nov. 23, at 10 a.m. Tickets for the brunch are $150 for a table of 6 or $30 a person. Each brunch ticket holder is asked to donate an unwrapped toy or gift (age range from infant to 18 years of age) or make a special monetary donation to Beyond Walls Ministry or the River City Rescue Mission. The donations will be dispersed to children of incarcerated parents and needy children in Vicksburg and Warren County. Tickets can be purchased at the VCC box office, ticketmaster.com or call 601-630-2929 for more info.

To donate to this important cause before the event, the VCC will be collecting new unwrapped toys and gifts and checks for Beyond Walls Ministry and/or the River City Rescue Mission during normal business hours (Mon-Fri, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.).

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the VCC has updated and enhanced many of its cleaning and safety protocols to help ensure the safety and security of everyone who walks through the doors. They have configured seating to allow for social distancing and will be conducting temperature checks at entry points. Masks will be required for all attendees and staff.

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