2010-09-05 / Harbor Beach Times

Johnny Prill to present free concert for National Grandparents Day

Johnny Prill shows off some of the autographed items that were generously donated by over a 150 celebrities to help Johnny raise awareness of National Grandparents Day. Courtesy photo Johnny Prill shows off some of the autographed items that were generously donated by over a 150 celebrities to help Johnny raise awareness of National Grandparents Day. Courtesy photo In recognition of National Grandparents Day, singer-songwriter Johnny Prill, Bad Axe, will present his third annual Free Outdoor Concert to honor grandparents on Sunday, Sept. 12. The public is invited to the concert at Courtney Manor, 1167 E. Hopson St., Bad Axe. Prill is scheduled to perform from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. with special guest, awardwinning Elvis Tribute Artist “Detroit Elvis” Greg Jaqua.

Prill said, "Greg is returning for his second year and has been entertaining audiences with his Las Vegas-style tribute to 'The King' for over two decades. In 2009, Greg was named 'Best International Elvis' at the Porthcawl Elvis Festival in Porthcawl, Wales, UK, and he delivers a fun, professional, family-friendly show."

Prill said a vocal youth group, under the direction of Wendy Zick, will open the concert. They are to perform his composition, “A Song for Grandma and Grandpa,” which is the official song of National Grandparents Day.

New this year, to raise awareness of National Grandparents Day, Prill has gathered the support of more than 150 celebrities and entities. Many have donated autographed CDs, photos, books and Tshirts, including sports favorites, musicians, actors and actresses, comedians, television personalities, and historical figures. Prill is hosting a free drawing at the concert for a chance to win a celebrity autographed item. A complete list of celebrity supporters is available at nationalgrandparentsday. com/Free Concert.

Also to promote awareness of National Grandparents Day, Prill is holding an online contest, with 24 visitors to his site, www.nationalgrandparentsday. com/Contest, to win an autographed item from one of the celebrity supporters. The contest runs until Sept. 19.

Prill, who is Courtney Manor’s longest-running volunteer, has entertained the residents for the past 24 years.

He said, “I owe a special ‘thank you’ to the staff at Courtney Manor for all their help and support, which makes this concert possible. Last year’s concert was a lot of fun, and we would like to invite everyone to celebrate with us as we honor our nation’s grandparents. The concert will be held rain or shine, and refreshments will be provided.”

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