Benefit for “Bogie”: Cancer benefit show for original Carolina Opry cast member, Kym Shurbutt
The Calvin Gilmore Theater will dedicate a performance of the landmark Carolina Opry show to Kym “Bogie” Shurbutt, with 25% of each ticket going directly to his benefit. There will be various additional fundraising efforts throughout the evening and some special guests may even stop in!
Shurbutt, an original cast member of The Carolina Opry since its inception in 1986 and a beloved comedic figure to two generations of beach vacationers, was diagnosed in 2016 with myelofibrosis, a rare form of leukemia. He is currently recovering from a bone marrow transplant and undergoing additional treatment. His Calvin Gilmore Theater family has chosen this method of helping to defray the many extra costs incurred by his treatment and long residence in Charleston to be near MUSC. His response to treatment has been robust and we all look forward to having him back among us as soon as possible. (Bogie, your dressing room awaits you!)
Gilmore states, “After all the years of performing together, Kym is quite literally family to me, and to most everyone else in this company. We are with him one hundred percent in this fight for health and have every confidence that he will come out on top of it— and that his warm personality, quick wit, and spiritual state will have an impact on all those that he meets on this journey. His non-insurance expenses will be enormous, and we feel that’s where we can step in and help. We hope you will join us in this effort, both by buying a ticket and by remembering Kym in prayer.”
Kym created the role of comedic golfer “Bogie” in 1986, modeled loosely on the Barney character of Andy Griffith fame, and he remains a fan favorite, with his music, humor and colorful antics that bring smiles and laughter to all. Among his classic comedy skits are such favorites as his reading “from memory” of The Night Before Christmas, his Copper Clapper Caper, or his recurring character of the bumbling hunter, Buckshot.
Kym’s statement: “My journey through this disease will not be an easy one; we never know what kind of hand life will deal us. What I truly feel is this: that it has been an honor and a gift to walk out on stage every night and for a short time to share my life with yours, your laughter, your love and the pure joy of entertaining all of you these past 30 years. I have two families: my son Cody and grandson Caden, my immediate family, and the cast and crew of The Carolina Opry. Yes, I’m going to be fine. I’m going to beat this. I can’t wait to get back in the spotlight. But as is often said, ‘It takes a village,’ and boy do I have one. And in the meantime . . . thanks for sharing your life with me.”
This special benefit performance of the TCO show will be on March 4, 2017 at 7:00pm. Visit our website for full details and to buy tickets at www.TheCalvinGilmoreTheater.com/bogiebenefit or give us a call at 843-913-4000.
More Information about Calvin Gilmore and Gilmore Entertainment
Gilmore Entertainment and The Calvin Gilmore Theater have long been the leader of musical variety show entertainment in the Southeast, with the classic TCO show, retro Time Warp, and their newest hit, Thunder and Light. Gilmore and his shows have been featured by USA Today, NBC Nightly News, Southern Living Magazine, Variety, and a host of other newspapers and television shows. It is the only Myrtle Beach show to receive the coveted South Carolina Governor’s Cup, as well as being voted South Carolina’s Most Outstanding Attraction. In recent years, Gilmore has performed regularly on the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, and he is designated as South Carolina’s Official Country Music Ambassador.
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Tickets for all events are on sale now! Visit our website for full details and to buy tickets at www.TheCalvinGilmoreTheater.com or give us a call at 800-843-6779.