Will Read and Sing For Food to benefit Catholic Charities, featuring Cass Herrington and Stan Levco

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Cass Herrington

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They’re baaaaack! Will Read and Sing For Catholic Charities benefit Dec. 7

TELL CITY – Following the success of last year’s show, the Will Read and Sing For Food players are returning to Tell City for another performance to benefit Catholic Charities.

The show is at 6 p.m., December 7, at the Tell City High School auditorium.

Hosted by Tell City native Scott Saalman, the show delivers gut-busting laughs and great music. It’s a unique mix of humor essays and live music.

Humorists for the Tell City show will be Saalman, Cass Herrington (host of Evansville public radio’s 88.3 WNIN), and Stan Levco (humor columnist for the Evansville Courier and Press). Musicians will be Ed Walston (folk, rock), Rob Zaricki (blues), Kyle Lueken (70s singer-songwriter cover songs), Bethany Boeglin (singer-songwriter), and Perry County resident Megan Gatwood (vocalist).

After 53 performances in the past three years, Will Read and Sing For Food, based in Jasper, has raised $32,555 for various community causes.

“Using humor essays and live music to entertain numerous crowds, the Will Read for Food volunteers have raised ($32,000+) for various worthwhile organizations. I applaud Scott for finding an innovative way to bring awareness and raise dollars for such important community causes, while entertaining crowds from many different backgrounds,” said Indiana Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann last year.

Saalman, a 1983 Tell City High School graduate, writes a humor column for The Herald (Jasper). His stories have also appeared in Evansville Living Magazine and in book anthologies, including “This I Believe: On Love.” He also read an essay on “The Bob Edwards Show” (Sirius/XM Satellite radio), and published a collection of essays, called “Nose Hairs Gone Wild.” One of his essays earned him a spot on the “notable” list of The Best American Essays of 2012 anthology.

“The show presents writing that is funny, meaningful and compelling, creatively mixed with music to be downright entertaining,” wrote Greg Eckerle in the Evansville Courier and Press. “There is no other experience quite like this. You have to see it to appreciate it. Incredible talent. Hilarious! My teenager and her grandmother enjoyed it as much as I did,” says Joyce Fleck, Director of Tri-Cap, based in Jasper.

“Will Read For Food is a lot like Garrison Keillor’s ‘Prairie Home Companion’ but with a purpose. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll want to get up and dance,” says novelist and past performer Margaret McMullen, who is the Melvin M. Peterson Endowed Chair in Literature and Writing Department of Creative Writing, University of Evansville.

Adult admission is a recommended $10 minimum monetary donation. Those 18 and under: $5. All proceeds go to Catholic Charities. Tickets available at Catholic Charities, 802 9th Street (547-0903) or via Mary K. Cardinal (547-8945). Tickets also available at the show.

Saalman is the son of Pat and M.J. Saalman, of Tell City, and grandson of the deceased Marion and Antoinette Saalman and Clarence and Lillian Goffinet.

Visit www.willreadandsingforfood.com or like their Facebook page: Will Read For Food (Jasper, Indiana).