BALLINGER– Benefiting Runnels County children in foster care, last Thursday, April 3 and Friday, April 4, a variety show with local talents was held at the Old Texas Theater, in Ballinger, Texas. The show was a huge success and sold-out both days at the first “Toast of Ballinger.”

The show was hosted by the Runnels County Child Welfare Board, and raised over $2,000 that will be funding special needs of 25 local children currently in foster care.

“This was a huge success, we had to schedule a second day because the first one sold-out and we still had a lot of people wanting to buy tickets,” said board member Malisia Goetz.

The board had held raffles and several other fundraisers in the past, but none of them had been as successful as the Toast of Ballinger, she said.

“The funds are used to buy baby bottles, baby beds and mattresses, pay for medical bills, used to pay for computer deposits at school, buy shoes, clothes, rings for senior students and even pay for trips of graduating seniors,” she added.

Performing on the stage were Phillip Arp as Johnny Cash, Cecelia Tarr as comedian Phyllis Diller, Bob’O Wright and Rodney Nichols sang a duet as the “Soggy Bottom Boys,” Mark Ussuary was Roy Clark, Sam Mallory was Bob Hope, Jamie Rouse sang as Buddy Holly, Mike Riley was Roy Orbison, Rodney Nichols also went solo with Frank Sinatra songs, while Phillip Arp and Mel Anthony presented a Sonny Bono and Cher performance.