ASTORIA - An anonymous donor recently approached the Astoria Regatta Concert Association with a gift that will allow active duty military to purchase Reba McEntire general seating tickets for $12 while supplies last. These tickets sell to the public for $52 each.
Paul Mitchell a member of ARCA said, " We are very excited to offer this special ticket price to the men and women who are serving our nation today. Without this generous donation, this would not have been possible. But this donor, who wishes to remain anonymous, has paid the difference in the cost. ARCA is not discounting the seats."
Tickets will be available beginning at 2 p.m. on Aug. 8 through noon on Aug. 12, at the following locations: Camp Rilea, Air Station Astoria and The Astoria /Warrenton Chamber of Commerce Office. A limit of four tickets per active duty military personnel will be available at this price for purchase.
McEntire will perform Aug. 14 at Camp Rilea in Warrenton. The county music superstar has generated more than $55 million in worldwide album sales; 63 Top 10 hits; the No. 1 TV sitcom for six consecutive years on two networks; successful clothing, footwear and home collections; as well as a stint on Broadway that garnered a Drama Critics Award.
She is also the recipient of 15 American Music Awards, nine People's Choice Awards, seven Country Music Association Awards, two Grammys and is one of only four entertainers in history to be honored with a National Artistic Achievement Award by U.S. Congress.
McEntire's special guest will be country star and award-winning song writer Phil Vassar, whose unbounded energy and limitless talent have proven him, again and again, as one of Nashville's most prolific and versatile stars. His resume boasts six No. 1 hits for country artists, including Alan Jackson, Tim McGraw, Jo Dee Messina, and Collin Raye.
He has also had three more No. 1 hits as an artist in his own right. He's been named the ASCAP Songwriter of the Year twice and has taken top honors from the Academy of Country Music, Billboard and Music Row.
The location for this celebration will be the Camp Rilea Armed Forces Training Facility, located between Astoria and Seaside. Maintained by the Oregon National Guard, Camp Rilea is also a favorite training site for Washington Guard units. The post is frequently used by civilian organizations, including the Boy Scouts. The 234th Army Band will open the celebration.
ARCA is a not-for-profit organization, established to support the Astoria Regatta. The Astoria Regatta Association was established in 1894 and is the longest running festival west of the Rocky Mountains. The Regatta is held annually, the second week of August.