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“Variety Knight” fundraiser presented by Friends of Barb Hostert

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A variety night filled with comedy, music, and entertainment is being held on March 17, 2012 at Lincoln Way Central High School in New Lenox to benefit Barb Hostert of Mokena, who has been battling Multiple Sclerosis since 1990. In 2011, the disease left Barb quadriplegic. 

For those who do not know Barb, she once played for the ‘All American Red Heads’, the only professional basketball team at the time, from 1974 to 1980. The team was akin to the Harlem Globetrotters, and Barb would play 200 games a season and had the chance to travel to every state. The ‘All American Red Heads’ were pioneers for women’s basketball, and Barb played a part in breaking down the barrier for women in sports. Barb’s basketball skills were so outstanding, that she is mentioned on the web site www.allamericanredheads.com, and once played for the Milwaukee Does of the WBL. 

Friends, family and many Lincoln-Way High School Alumni have gotten together to help Barb Hostert as she struggles to maintain her independence. The benefit, hosted by Comedian Tommy Connolly, will feature performances by Amanda Hentsch, and special Alumni performances by John Nordsell and Ray DeVito (formerly The Beatle Boys), Dave Bellah & Mitch Alvarez, and Valid Proof will be playing blues and rock. In addition to a night of comedy and entertainment, there will be a silent auction, raffles, 50/50, and refreshments available throughout the evening. 

Tickets are available online for $30 each at www.towntrend.com/barb.  You may pay via Paypal, print your receipt, and pick up your tickets at the door. Tickets will be available at the door, but must be paid with cash only. Door open at 5:30pm for auction previewing, and the show starts at 7pm. For more information about this event or to help in any way, please call Jenny Cagwin at (815) 791-9309.


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