Shepherd's Center of the Cannon Valley held their annual fundraising concert this past Saturday at the Cannon Falls High School Auditorium. This year's show featured the "Winter Dance Party," a musical tribute to Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper. Over 600 were in attendance at this sold out concert, with all proceeds going to Shepherd's Center.
"We are so thankful for the support we've received from throughout the area," said director Rod Johnson, who booked the concert. "This was our second consecutive sell-out and we want to thank everyone who purchased tickets and came out to see the show! It's because of the support of the community and our major sponsors that we are able to continue bringing in top-notch entertainment to Cannon Falls." This year's sponsors included Thrivent Financial, First Farmers and Merchants Bank, Nelson Insurance Agency, the Cannon Falls Lions Club, Merchants Bank, Freeberg Insurance along with Vasa-Spring Garden Mutual Insurance.
The capacity crowd seemed to enjoy the nostalgic music that filled the auditorium. The show featured John Mueller as Buddy Holly; Ray Anthony as Ritchie Valens and Linwood Sasser as the Big Bopper. The Winter Dance Party show has performed extensively throughout the United States and Canada. The performers were very impressed with the auditorium and felt the acoustics, stage and seating were outstanding.
Johnson said they are already thinking about the next concert and have a couple of ideas on who the next show might feature. Shepherd's Center of the Cannon Valley features senior adults who volunteer their life experience and skills to benefit the community. They are located at 120 State Street West in Cannon Falls and are open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. till 3 p.m.