‘Duck Dynasty’ stars to speak at Itawamba Community College in Fulton

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 next month. Plus, it’ll help raise money to support local children.

On Sunday, June 30, 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 for the event went on sale last week and can be purchased at www. aprilsangels.showclix.com. Ticket prices 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.

For those who have never seen it, “Duck Dynasty” is one of the most popular shows currently on television. This reality program, which first began airing on A&E in 2012 and has since become the network’s most successful show, 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 kind of trademark of the group. Their bearded faces can be found gracing a half-dozen T-shirts at just about any large retail store.

Willie, the main speaker for the Itawamba County fundraising event, is the show’s narrator. 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 (these emit sounds or music when touched) 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 June 25, 2011. She was only 35 years old.

The non-profit group’s goal is to honor South’s support of special needs and underprivileged children by working to benefit preschool and special education students at Itawamba Attendance Center. Although the group awards an annual college scholarship to an IAHS graduation who plans to study education, the playground project is its first major undertaking.

For more information on April’s Angels, the June 30 event or to inquire about donations or how to help, 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