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'Duck Dynasty' stars coming to Civic Center

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Six members of the A&E hit TV series "Duck Dynasty" are coming to the Charleston Civic Center Feb. 22 as a fundraiser for a Christian youth ministry group.

Tickets for "Dare to be a Duck. Take a Stand" went on sale Monday. Patrons at the Charleston Civic Center were buying tickets, priced from $20 to $65, before the end of a news conference called to announce the event.

Proceeds will benefit the West Virginia chapter of Youth Commission International. Commission President Dennis Williams, a former principal, said the organization was founded in North Carolina in 2012 to return prayer and Bible study to the country's schools through student clubs.

"I know the difference that just one child can make on a school campus," Williams said while explaining the organization. "What if you had a club of students?"

Williams said West Virginia has 12 Youth Commission International clubs, in Boone, Kanawha and Logan counties. Chris Bias, a Boone County teacher and mentor of the Youth Commission International club at Madison Middle School, said about 250 students voluntarily take part in the program to spread the word of God among their peers.

"You don't need pews and a choir to have a church," said middle school student Brooke Barnes.

"[This club] needs to be in every secondary school in West Virginia," Bias said. He said February's event can help make that happen.

"Duck Dynasty" matriarch "Miss Kay" Robertson, elder son Alan Robertson, "Uncle Si" Robertson, Korie Robertson, John Luke and Sadie Robertson are scheduled to attend the faith-based, motivational event. Event Chairman Joey Holland said the Robertson family gets about 400 calls a day requesting personal appearances.

Area Chevrolet dealers are sponsoring the event. Tickets are available at the Civic Center box office and through Ticketmaster.

"Duck Dynasty" follows the exploits of the Robertson family, who made their fortune selling and marketing a line of duck calls and related products.

In December, family patriarch Phil Robertson was suspended from the show for comments he made in GQ magazine about homosexuality. He has since been reinstated following a public backlash.

Holland is on the board of Believe in West Virginia, a conservative Christian group. He has sued over part of the federal Affordable Care Act that required business owners to provide coverage of morning-after birth control to employees. The lawsuit is on hold until the U.S. Supreme Court decides a similar case.

Reach Rusty Marks at rustymarks@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1215.


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