Rehab telethon this Saturday

When the curtain goes up on Rehab 2002 on Saturday, Jan. 19, Brad Paisley, one of the brightest young stars in country music, will step into the center stage spotlight. Paisley exploded on the country music scene in 1999 when his debut album, “Who Needs Pictures,” and its runaway hit single, “He Didn’t Have to Be,” earned him six Country Music Association Award nominations and won him the CMA’s coveted Horizon Award. Since then, he has delivered a steady stream of hits. At the 2001 CMA Awards he received four nominations and won the award for “Vocal Event of the Year” for his song, “Too Country.” Charlie Chase, longtime co-host of the popular “Crook and Chase” talk show on the Nashville Network, will return to anchor the Rehab 2002 host desk. Peter Marshall, who hosted “Hollywood Squares” on network television for 16 years, will join Chase in hosting the five-hour television special that benefits the West Texas Rehabilitation Center. Returning for his second appearance is fast-rising young country star Jay Michaels and his band Company. Michaels’ headquarters in the Metro-plex and has entertained throughout the Southwest. Other regulars lined up to appear are Bill and Susan Hays (Days of Our Lives), Brad Maule (General Hospital), Anacani (Lawrence Welk Show), and Florence LaRue (Fifth Dimension). Television stations in Abilene, Dallas, Austin, Corpus Christi, Waco, Laredo, Midland/Odessa, Lubbock, Amarillo, and Lawton, Okla., will be carrying the show. Special underwriting for Rehab 2002 has been provided by corporate leaders AEP-West Texas Utilities and Associated Publishing’s Area-Wide Phone Books. Thanks to their leadership, along with American Airlines and advance gifts of WTRC board members and special friends, all donations received during the telethon will go directly to Rehab treatment programs. In addition to fast-paced entertainment, Rehab 2002 features an Internet auction of approximately 300 items donated by businesses and individuals throughout West Texas. Web site is www.WestTexasRehab. org. The Annual Rehab Telethon raises more than $1 million to help make it possible for the WTRC to serve more than 21,000 men, women and children with disabilities regardless of their financial circumstances. The Center was established in 1953 as a private non-profit outpatient rehabilitation center and has become one of the largest, most comprehensive facilities of its kind in the nation. The Center now operates facilities in Abilene, San Angelo and Ozona. The Rehab 2002 Telethon will air live and originates from the Abilene Civic Center on Saturday, Jan. 19, beginning at 7 p.m. and ending at 12 midnight. In Brady bids will be taken at 597-2104 courtesy of the Theta Upsilon Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi. The sorority will be manning the phone lines from 7 to 10 p.m. “We’re asking everyone to call and make a donation,” said Christine Jones with the sorority. ‘Every little bit helps, and the money goes to a wonderful cause.’

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