Columbia Entertainment Company stages show to send veterans to memorial

Monday, December 7, 2009 | 11:57 a.m. CST

COLUMBIA — Columbia Entertainment Company will stage a World War II USO-style canteen show Monday night to honor the community's veterans.

Home for the Holidays at the Hampton Inn & Suites is a tribute to the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor.

If you go

What: "Home for the Holidays"

When: Monday night

Where: Hampton Inn & Suites, College Avenue and Stadium Boulevard

Tickets: $30 to $70

Information: Call 573-289-3799 or go to

Performers from the Columbia Entertainment Company will play legends like the Andrews Sisters, Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby.

"We're doing a show that folks like Bob Hope and Bing Crosby did during WWII to entertain the troops," said board member Mary Paulsen. "We're singing songs of that time with a big band, the Kapital Kicks, some comedy and some skits. It's more like a variety show."

"There are 14 of us (actors) and about 20 in the band. All of the actors are CEC volunteers, and the Kapital Kicks are a well-known band and they're backing us up," she said.

Proceeds benefit Central Missouri Honor Flight, a program that takes World War II veterans to the national memorial in Washington, D.C.

Paulsen said she is on the board at Columbia Entertainment Company and Central Missouri Honor Flight.

"We (Honor Flight) were looking for another fundraiser and the folks at CEC had wanted to do something like this — we just asked people to help," she said.

Honor Flight President Barb Brueggeman said she expects the show to be a successful fundraiser. A number of veterans will be attending, she said.

"It's an entertainment venue that will be very popular this time of year, but they're also auctioning off some cool things like a quilt made specifically for fundraising for Central Missouri Honor Flight," Brueggeman said.

The mid-Missouri regional hub for the Honor Flight Network was founded a year ago and began raising money in January.

"Mid-Missouri has been amazingly generous this year. We thought maybe we'd have enough money to do two flights, but we did seven," Brueggeman said. "It's a miracle."

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Mickey Havener December 7, 2009 | 10:57 p.m.

I just returned home from the Home for the Holidays event for Honor Flight. The band played the big band music from the WWII era; and the Columbia Entertainment Company entertained with WWII entertainer impersonators: Bing Crosby, the Andrews Sisters, Frank Sinatra, Jane Froman, Laurel and Hardy, et al. Those who were able danced to the great music and seemed to be having a really good time. The WWII veterans were recognized as a group. As with all of the Honor Flight events, this one was well organized and executed. Thanks to the Honor Flight board and volunteers for another memorable evening.
Wife of a WWII veteran/hero

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