The third annual South Barry County Relay for Life Survivor Dinner will feature musical entertainment by Dixie Breon, of Monett. The honorary event will be held in the Cassville Primary School cafeteria at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, July 18.
"I just finished my second round of chemotherapy last Wednesday," said Dixie. "The Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks has helped me during both years of my treatment and this was a chance for me to give back to the community."
Dixie, a life-long music instructor and performing artist, will play a variety of classical, praise and celebration, country and oldies rock tunes during the dinner. She will be accompanied by her daughters, Deanna and Deborah Breon.
Deanna performs with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) Conservatory of Music. She is a sophomore majoring in music therapy at UMKC.
"Over the last two years, Deanna has researched the affects of music therapy on individuals with cancer," said Dixie.
Deborah, a junior at Monett High School, has performed with the Ozark Festival Orchestra and toured with the Stringed Ambassadors. She is also a member of the youth and adult praise teams at New Site Baptist Church in Monett.
"We are all very excited to be able to participate in the Survivor Dinner and Relay for Life," said Dixie. "This will be something fun for us to do together and hopefully it will help someone attending."
Ann Taggart, survivor lap and dinner committee co-chair, hopes that Dixie's musical performance will attract more survivors to the annual dinner.
"We have never had any entertainment," said Taggart. "This will be awesome. She is a survivor, and I believe her performance will add a classy element to the dinner."
The Survivor Dinner gives survivors and their caregivers an opportunity to fellowship and enjoy a free meal, but Taggart said that the event also offers survivors hope.
"Individuals get to meet other survivors from Seligman, Wasburn, Monett and other areas," said Taggart. "That fellowship gives them hope and lets them know that we love them. The survivors show what the American Cancer Society can do.
"The dinner is for all cancer survivors and their caregivers," said Taggart, who has been in remission for the last 10 years. "Without our caregivers to take care of us, we couldn't make it. So this gives us a chance to appreciate them too."
Although pre-registration is encouraged, all area cancer survivors are welcome to attend the honorary dinner.
"Last year we had around 60 survivors at the dinner," said Taggart. "Only 25 have returned RSVPs this year but we usually have more than those who RSVP. We welcome all of the survivors who come."
For more information or to pre-register for the Survivor Dinner, call Taggart at 417-442-3076.