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Tickets now available for ‘Swingin’ 60s FUNdraiser’ Nov. 9

Swingin' 60s FUNdraiserMARSHALLTOWN – Another event disrupted by last year’s tornado is back on the books! The “Swingin’ 60s FUNdraiser” planned for last fall is now scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 9, from 7 to 10 pm at the Orpheum Theater’s black box theater. Tickets are available, and proceeds will be used to benefit the Jean Seberg Endowment Fund.

Swingin’ 60s FUNdraiser tickets are $25 and can be purchased from Nancy Adams, Jeannine Loros, Linda Moore, Fauna Nord and Val Ruff, or at the Orpheum Theater Center prior to the event. Admission includes a token for one adult beverage; catered hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will be provided.

“We are excited to be promoting tickets sales for this fun themed event,” says organizer Nancy Adams. “Participants are encouraged to dress in their favorite 1960s attire, and will enjoy great food, beverages and dancing while supporting an important cause. We will have two groups performing live music, a silent auction, a Jean Seberg look-alike contest, and more!”

The winner of the Jean Seberg look-alike contest will receive the original artwork from which the event posters were designed. Created by artist Thom Whalen, the artwork features an actual Jean Seberg signature, making the prize a real keepsake.

The planning committee (Adams, Loros, Moore, Nord and Ruff) decided last year to begin alternating the Jean Seberg Festival of the Arts with a fundraiser for the endowment fund. Seven annual Jean Seberg Festivals were held from 2011-2017; the first fundraiser was supposed to be last fall, but the tornado necessitated a delay. “Alternating the festival with an annual fundraiser will allow us to sustain the momentum of the festivals and the Jean Seberg Endowment Fund, while also giving us the opportunity to introduce some new fun and variety into the mix,” explains Adams.

The Jean Seberg Endowment Fund, in partnership with the Community Foundation of Marshall County, provides financial support for future Jean Seberg Festivals, an annual Jean Seberg Drama Award for a deserving Marshalltown High School student, and stewardship of the Jean Seberg memorabilia collection.

“This will be a great time for all who attend, regardless of whether they know about Jean Seberg and her career,” Adams says. “Seriously, who doesn’t love the idea of pulling on some bell bottoms, boots, sunglasses and love beads and just having fun with friends? With the costumes and décor, it will be a terrific photo opportunity!”

Amy & Adams and Country Girl will provide live music during the FUNdraiser.

Amy & Adams perform an engaging combination of original and cover tunes, with just the right stylistic mix of the new and recognizable that they call eclectic/ folk rock/ tin pan alley/ country blues grass. Natives of White Bear Lake (Amy) and Marshalltown (Mark), the duo weaves a tapestry of guitars, vocals, keyboards, mandolin, ukulele and flutes. Since meeting in 1993 at an open-mic event in Minnesota, Amy and Mark Adams-Westin have grown their career throughout Minnesota and Iowa, as well as other states. Their eight CDs have received airplay on Midwest stations and as far away as Belgium. They have performed many times for the Jean Seberg Fests at the Orpheum and concerts for the local Central Iowa Art Association.

Country Girl is a newly formed duet featuring Samantha Vance and Mark Nord; she’s a little bit country and he’s a little bit rock and roll. Many local residents know Sam as the lead singer of Marshalltown’s own Exit 185 band and an employee at Five Star Real Estate. Mark, an employee at Fisher/Emerson, has played with local groups and church bands over the last few years, often gravitating to a “coffee house” style of music consisting of one or two voices and a guitar or ukulele. The duo plans to have the crowd singing along and tapping their feet/dancing, particularly during some great tunes from the 1960s … with a little contemporary country and pop thrown in for fun.

For more information, contact Nancy Adams at Nancy.Adams@iavalley.edu or 641-844-5753.

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