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Free Grand Opry Night Friday
Popular event offers something for all

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Opry performers entertain the crowd during a recent Grand Opry. Pictured from left are Phil Sanzari, Debi Campbell and Pamelia LaPaglia.

<br>Courtesy photo<br> Opry performers entertain the crowd during a recent Grand Opry. Pictured from left are Phil Sanzari, Debi Campbell and Pamelia LaPaglia.

WILLIAMS - The Williams Habitat for Humanity chapter welcomes all to a free Grand Opry Night on Friday at the rodeo barn, corner of Airport and Rodeo roads. The fun begins at 6:30 p.m.

This Opry is free because of the Opry performance that was cancelled April 3 due to the loss of electricity caused by a snowstorm combined with high winds. Donations will be accepted as there is no admission, but raffles, a live auction, cakewalk and door prizes will be included along with great music.

Everyone will enjoy the entertainers for this evening. Featured entertainers include Buster Anderson, Jan Bardwell, Lance Beavers, Debi Campbell, Andrew and Angela Hamby, Joe and Pam Hendrickson, Pamelia LaPaglia, Becky Nelson, Patrick O'Brien, Dan O'Neil, Joe Pronto, Dave Remember, Jay Redfeather, Ryan Williams, Patty Williams and Phil Sanzari. Friday's performance will be the last for Campbell, who is moving to Texas.

"Debi (Campbell) has coordinated the music portion of the Opry. This is the 13th Opry we have had. The first Opry was held in February of 2003," said Ruth Sanzari, Grand Opry coordinator. "This is a performance you do not want to miss. Debi will be greatly missed."

Proceeds from the Opry will go towards purchasing land for a future Habitat home.

"We're almost there," Sanzari said.

Sanzari organizes two Opry performances annually. It is a task she loves.

"I enjoy seeing the enthusiasm of the people and the performers are outstanding to work with," she said. "Between 175 and 200 people attend each performance. We plan to keep hosting the Opry."

The next Opry will be held Oct. 9.

Although admission is free, monetary donations are welcome. Free popcorn will be served, and there will also be nachos, hotdogs, soda and water for sale.

Opry-goers are encouraged to come early to look over all the raffle and auction items located on tables in the back. Raffle tickets are $1 each or six for $5. You can support Habitat by bidding on items during the live auction. Donations have been received from Elephant Rocks Golf Course, Grand Canyon Jeep Tours, Home Depot, Colors of the West and A.G. Russell. Raffle items were provided by Goldie's Route 66 Diner, Safeway, Jessica's Family Restaurant, Pizza Factory and the Brown Bag Sandwich Shoppe. Door prices were provided by Dairy Queen, Hometown Video, Wild West Junction and Pizza Hut.

Please let the businesses know how much you appreciate them for donating these wonderful gives. All of us working together will help in purchasing land to build another Habitat house in the near future.

For more information, call Ruth Sanzari at (928) 635-0386.

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