‘Duck Dynasty’ stars to speak at ICC

By Adam Armour/The Itawamba County Times

Fans of the immensely popular reality show “Duck Dynasty” will get a chance to meet a couple of the show’s stars this week.
Plus, it’ll help raise money to support local children.
On Sunday, Willie and Korie Robertson will speak on “Faith, Family and Football” during a special fundraising presentation at the ICC Davis Event Center in Fulton. Tickets are still available and can be purchased at www. aprilsangels.showclix.com. Tickets range from $30 to $100, the latter of which includes a private meet and greet with the Robertsons prior to the event.
All proceeds from the event will go to benefit April’s Angels, an Itawamba Attendance Center based non-profit group dedicated to helping children with physical and mental disabilities. The group is currently raising money to build a handicap-accessible playground at the Fulton elementary school.
“Duck Dynasty” first aired on A&E in 2012 and has since become the network’s most successful show. It centers around the lives and antics of the the Louisiana-based Robertson family and their business, Duck Commander, a multi-million dollar hunter-supply company the Robertsons built from the ground up.
Now in its third season, the show has made celebrities of the entire Robertson family, the men especially, whose long, bushy beards have become a trademark of the group.
Willie is the show’s narrator, and Korie is his wife.
According to Emily Mabus, one of the founding members of April’s Angels, the show’s popularity should be a real draw for the event.
“We are expecting a huge crowd and have had an unbelievable response from businesses throughout the area for sponsorships,” Mabus said. “‘Duck Dynasty’ is a big hit with all ages across the spectrum. We knew it would draw a crowd and be something that the people of Itawamba County would respond to in a big way.”
Proceeds from the event will be used to fund the construction of a 60 x 83 foot handicap-accessible playground on the Itawamba Attendance Center campus. Once finished, the playground will feature wheelchair ramps, sensory panels and zero G chairs for swinging. It will be located near IAC’s preschool/kindergarten hallway.
The total cost is estimated at around $110,000.
April’s Angels was formed in early 2012 in memory of IAC pre-school teacher April South, who died in 2011.
For more information on April’s Angels, Sunday’s event, email the group at aprils_angels@yahoo.com, visit them on Facebook at April’s Angels or follow the group on Twitter @angelsapril.
adam.armour@journalinc.com