United Way benefit has special meaning

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If it hadn't been for Sgt. Jason Sheppard, last year's open-mike fundraiser for the United Way of Aiken County would have been a bust.

"He was such a vital part of it," said Chris Ceasar, the public information officer for Aiken County.

Donating his time as the disc jockey for the event, it was Sgt. Sheppard's job to keep the evening entertaining. With few participants, he sang most of the songs and took requests.

"He made it what it was," she said.

This year, Sgt. Sheppard will be there in spirit only. The Aiken County deputy died in December after being struck by a car. The open-mike night is named in his memory.

"Jason Sheppard will still be with us," Ms. Ceasar said. "His wife is allowing us to use his equipment."

The event is the kickoff for Aiken County's United Way campaign, and Ms. Ceasar is hoping to sign up a lot of people to entertain during the evening.

"We want anybody that thinks they have talent or knows they have talent to come out," she said.

In addition to the entertainment, there will be food prepared by the JailHouse Rock Grill of the Aiken County Sheriff's Office.

"They are some really great guys," Ms. Ceasar said.

She hopes the event will bring in about $1,500 for the United Way.

"The funds are going to an organization that does nothing but good in the community," she said.

For more information, call (803) 642-2014.

Reach Charmain Z. Brackett at czbrackett@hotmail.com.

IF YOU GO

What: The Sgt. Jason Sheppard Open-Mike Nite to benefit the United Way of Aiken County

When: 6-10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10

Where: Aiken Electric Co-Op, 2790 Wagener Road

Cost: $3; younger than 6 admitted free

information: (803) 642-2014


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