Area theaters raise more than $14,000 during Red Bucket Week

Area theaters raise more than $14,000 during Red Bucket Week

Branson Cares’ inaugural Red Bucket week was deemed a success after it raised over $14,000 in the week from November 14 to November 20.

For Hope Haven International, which builds and donates children’s wheelchairs to children with disabilities around the world, Red Bucket Week was successfully implemented thanks to the efforts of 13 Branson Theaters that raised a total of $14,035.64.

Launching in October 2021, Branson Cares is a joint effort between Branson Music, Live Performances and Theater Industry, Branson Academy for the Advancement of Music and Theater and Hope Haven International.

“Red Bucket Week is a one-week special effort that comes only once a year. During Red Bucket Week, Branson Entertainers and house staff carry signature red buckets while meeting their fans after shows,” said Bob Nichols, President of BAAMT. “It’s a personal appeal to Branson’s visitors and especially “Showrunners” who are a vital and welcome part of our community. We’re all working together to show the world we care about Branson.”

Along with Branson’s 13 theaters, Branson Cares is also supported by 13 Branson theaters, 29 hotels and motels, numerous restaurants, retail locations, and two shopping centers in Branson. Since the project began, Nichols said, enough funding has been raised in Branson to build 102 baby wheelchairs.

BAAMT Chairman and Branson famed Baldknobbers Entertainer Brandon Mabe co-owners 100% of the money raised in Branson goes toward the building, delivery and customization of these baby wheelchairs.

“All of our general expenses are paid for by our partner/donor, Hope Haven. “Wheelchairs from our first-year business will be delivered to children coming home to Mexico in February,” Mabe said. “My wife, Megan Mabey, and I will accompany Bob Nichols and his wife, Lana, along with staff from Hope Haven, on this mission trip to provide much-needed mobility for these children and their families.”

Each of these chairs that will be delivered will have a tag that says, Branson Cares, Les Feldman, a representative for Branson of Hope Haven, added.

These chairs are designed specifically for children with severe disabilities. They are fully adjustable as a child grows and/or struggles with changing the shapes of their young body. Our chairs are built in our factory in Rock Valley, Iowa and Sioux Falls, SD Largely staffed by volunteers. We also maintain a factory inside the prison in partnership with the South Dakota State Penitentiary where inmates board to build our chairs for only 0.25/hr. Many prisoners periodically donate their wages to Hope Haven to support the program.”

The next Branson Cars fundraiser will be a benefit show at the iconic Branson Theater in late February or early March.

Shows and theaters that participated in the 2022 effort and will be invited to perform in the 2023 show include: All Hands on Deck Show! Copeland, Dick Clark’s American Bandstand, Dutton’s Theatre, The Duttons, Freedom Encounter, Grand Country Music Hall, Grand Jubilee, Hughes Brothers Theatre, Legends in Concert, Mickey Gilley Grand Shanghai Theatre, Hughes Brothers Theatre, Kings Castle Theatre, The Hits Starring David Brooks, The Mansion Theater for the Performing Arts, New Jersey Nights, The Tower Theater at the Meadows and Yakov’s Theatre.

For additional information, call 417-332-5338 or email Nichols at bnichols@baamt.org.

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