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June 17, 2014

Happy Feet event a success

MT. VERNON — — Kingdom Seeds Ministries hosted a Happy Feet campaign event at the Mt.Vernon Township High School auditorium on Saturday.

The main focus of the evening was to raise awareness and funds for the campaign.

The goal of the Happy Feet program is to supply brand name gym shoes to children in need throughout the area.

"Last year we focused on Jefferson County but this year we would like to branch out and do Wayne and Marion counties as well," said Tammie Henry, the teaching director at KSM. "Our goal for each year is to grow so we can make an impact on Southern Illinois."

Seth Franco, retired Harlem Globetrotter, and the band Matt Vollmar and the Great Romance were the featured entertainment for the event.

When the plans for the event started Monte Jo Clark, the project director of Happy Feet began researching for a guest speaker.

"When I came across Seth I thought oh my gosh what a great match, an ex Globetrotter and we are about gym shoes," Clark said. "So we contacted him and he loved our project and said he would come."

Franco spoke to those in attendance about the hardships he faced and eventually overcame.

"I really enjoy doing these events whether there are 10,000 people or just one kid in the audience," Franco said. "If that is the case I will talk to that one kid all night."

Although Clark was pleased with having Franco as a speaker she felt the event needed one more act at the event.

"I knew the band Matt Vollmar and the Great Romance had a big following and thought they would be great to have," Clark said.

Clark was pleased with how the night went and said she feels it was a great experience for the the youth in the area.

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