BRISTOL -- "Duck Dynasty" reality television star and Duck Commander CEO Willie Robertson will speak at Viking Hall Civic Center here on Saturday, Oct. 19, as part of a fundraiser to benefit Free Will Baptist Family Ministries.
Willie Robertson, who serves as the CEO and partial owner of Duck Commander and Buck Commander, has become internationally known, along with his family, through "Duck Dynasty," the popular reality television series on the A&E cable television network.
Willie and his family, who live in West Monroe, La., are known for their Christian faith and their family values.
His father, Phil Robertson, patented a duck call and started his own company, Duck Commander, to sell them.
Duck Commander was a true family business as his wife, Kay, and sons were involved from the beginning.
Willie earned a business degree from the University of Louisiana-Monroe, educational background which has helped him as CEO build the family business into a multi-million-dollar enterprise.
Willie and his wife, Korie, married in 1992 and have four children -- John Luke, Sadie, Will, and Bella -- as well as a foster daughter from Taiwan, named Rebecca.
Willie's talk in Bristol will begin at 2 p.m., and there will be a private meet-and-greet after the show for those who purchase VIP tickets.
Proceeds from the event will benefit Family Ministries' planned 10,000-square-foot expansion to provide updated classroom space and counseling facilities for the children that Family Ministries serves, a news release stated.
Based in Greeneville, Family Ministries began as an orphanage in 1939 and has expanded into a multi-faceted and diverse ministry that provides a full array of social services to meet the needs of at-risk children, adolescents, adults and families, te news release said.
The school expansion is scheduled to begin in October with an estimated completion date of summer 2014.
"Next to introducing the children we serve to Christ, the next best thing we can do is give them a good solid educational foundation," said the Rev. Frank Woods, president/CEO of Free Will Baptist Family Ministries.
"This expansion will allow all the children to have individual work stations with computers, one-on-one space with teachers, and a chapel that can be used as a chapel or as a multipurpose area," Woods said.
TICKETS ON SALE SEPT. 7
Tickets for the benefit will go on sale to the public on Saturday, Sept. 7.
General admission tickets will be $40 and $25.
A limited number of VIP tickets will be available for $100.
Corporate sponsorships for the event are now being sought.
Sponsorship packages will include meet-and-greet tickets ($100), regular admission tickets ($40 and $25) and marketing opportunities.
For more information about sponsorships or Family Ministries, please contact Colleen Cox, Director of Marketing and Corporate Development, at 423/943-4989 or (firstname.lastname@example.org)