‘Duck Dynasty’ star headed to Macon benefit

lfabian@macon.comApril 23, 2014 

Has anyone ever said to you, “You look like Duck Commander CEO Willie Robertson”?

Friday night, the star of A&E’s “Duck Dynasty” will be choosing the person who most resembles him from among those attending Caring Solutions Pregnancy Center’s benefit at the Macon Coliseum.

People are encouraged to arrive dressed like Robertson and submit photos through social media during the show, said Christina Middleton, executive director of the nonprofit Caring Solutions that’s celebrating its 30th anniversary.

Contestants will tweet or post their pictures on Facebook or Instagram, and the images will be streamed live during the event.

“Willie will take a stool and talk about faith, family and ducks,” Middleton said.

He will share personal stories, behind-the-scenes anecdotes from their television program and what adoption has meant to the Robertson clan.

“We’re thankful for the message Willie will bring,” she said. “When someone is in a crisis pregnancy it looks so negative, but we bring hope in the midst of a difficult situation.”

Caring Solutions provides confidential pregnancy testing, some ultrasound services, nursing and pregnancy support, but the organization does not handle adoptions.

Caring Solutions support the efforts of Covenant Care Services, a Christian adoption agency, Middleton said.

In years past, Caring Solutions, which was founded as Save a Life Care Center, has held a fundraising banquet at Macon City Auditorium where sponsors and donors contribute to the cause.

Conservative headliners such as former U.S. Sen. Zell Miller and columnist Cal Thomas have spoken at past banquets.

The year, a smaller dinner was held last month, because Middleton didn’t think the auditorium could hold all those who would want to see Robertson. Robertson family members openly share their faith in closing prayers each episode.

“We wanted to do something special,” she said. “Willie really is the main event for this year.”

To help create a buzz for the program, Caring Solutions sponsored a Battle of the Bands competition that asked local groups to submit a “Duck Dynasty”-themed song.

The winning band, The Call, will be opening the show and premiering its piece that was inspired by Robertson’s program about his family’s escapades while running a duck call plant in Louisiana.

Doors open at 6 p.m. Friday for the 7 p.m. show.

Tickets at the box office are $25 and $15 for students, but additional fees apply online if purchasing through Ticketmaster.

“We have not seen the response yet that we’re hoping for, but everybody says this is walk-up Macon,” Middleton said.

The private reception in the Monument Room has virtually sold out, she said.

Those who paid $500 per couple or $1,000 for up to six people will attend a meet-and-greet with a photo opportunity with Robertson.

To contact writer Liz Fabian, call 744-4303.

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