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March 22
H2O Telethon Entertainment Announced

(New Hanover County)—Seven hours of family oriented entertainment and activities during the Give Help2Others telethon features musical entertainment, face painting for children, food vendors and other family-oriented fun.

The March 24 telethon, to be broadcast live from Noon till 5:00 pm, from the New Hanover County Government Center includes the following entertainment lineup:

JuJu Guru is a four-piece original blues-rock outfit from central North Carolina. Their soulful sound, reminiscent of Grand Funk Railroad, yearns to bring back an era when rock was neither too hard or too soft, but raw and full of foot stomping energy. The Juju boys further describe their musical style as “70s Rawk with a Juke Joint twist”. The band is led by Micah McCravey, vocals and guitar; Justin Sulek, guitar; David Griffith, bass; Josh Feldman, drums.

Sure to pull in local fans are the New Hanover High School Jazz Band, aka The Jazz Catz. The jazz band plays a wide variety of music from artists such as Michael Jackson, Earth, Wind and Fire, Chuck Mangione and more. The ensemble is directed by Mr. R.Timothy McCoy, former director of the Wheeling, WV Symphony. He is also a performing musician playing for many musicals at Thalian Hall and Opera House Theater.

The Help2Others telethon will also feature Matthew Blinson. The Wilmington vocalist is a member of the up and coming duo Addictive Nature. His repertoire is described as ‘soulful’. In addition to his own compositions, Matt covers the hits of artists such as John Legend, Otis Redding and The Temptations. The twosome has recently released their first CD, Smoothie.

The Nobel Sisters is a group of Wilmington and Atlanta residents blessed with the spirit of music. Evelyn, Marcia, Janet, Virginia and Beverly make up this wonderful Gospel group. The Nobel Sisters recently released their first CD “God Can Do It” featuring their signature song, “I’ll Fly Away”.

Entertainment will wrap up with a demonstration of Martial Arts by the "After School Karate Academy". Part of Carolina Martial Arts, the After School Karate Academy gives children the opportunity to utilize their time after school to grow and develop in an environment that promotes constructive learning and interaction with others. The curriculum includes supervised homework and study time, martial arts training and character building. Chris Redmond, the head instructor at the "After School Karate Academy" has trained in the Martial Arts since 1980.

Family activities such as face painting, hula-hoop making and a visit from Elmo will help entertain the kids during the first of its kind event locally to raise money for the hundreds of households in New Hanover County which have had their water service discontinued for lack of payment. Due to recent economic conditions, layoffs, and personal health issues, many families are doing without this basic necessity.

Led by a group of New Hanover County employees, the Help2Others campaign was organized in the hopes of creating a sustainable, long term program targeting struggling families.  The H2O committee recognizes the lack of water to the home can easily turn into a public health issue for the entire community.

The public is invited to visit the NHC Government Center between noon and 5:00 pm to make their donation and enjoy a day filled with fun. Residents who cannot attend the event are asked to phone in their pledge during the telethon or make a donation on line at www.GiveHelp2Others.com.



Media Contact:

Mark Boyer
Community Relations Coordinator
(910) 798-7493