Santa landing to kick off Official Christmas Season at The Carolina Opry, and a Children’s Miracle Network Fundraiser
Santa Claus will be hot air ballooning down to The Calvin Gilmore Theater on November 1, to recognize the official opening of the Myrtle Beach Christmas season, and the 29th season of The Carolina Opry Christmas Special—often called “The Christmas Show of the South.”
Santa’s arrival is part of an unprecedented fundraiser for The Children’s Miracle Network sponsored by Gilmore Entertainment, in cooperation with McLeod Children’s Hospital and RE/MAX Southern Shores. Over the course of the Christmas season Gilmore has arranged several opportunities to give to our local children in need of medical care – including two dedicated performances with $5 of each ticket sale going straight to The Children’s Miracle Network – with a goal of $10,000 and a minimum guarantee of at least $5,000 in donations to the charity.
The event will begin at 4:30 pm at The Calvin Gilmore Theater on November 1 and is free to attend. Among other kid friendly activities, the crowd will be treated to hot chocolate and offered hot air balloon rides with each $10 donation (weather permitting) and photos with Santa for each $5 donation. The first 30 people to arrive and all balloon riders will also receive free tickets to opening night of The Carolina Opry Christmas Special. The event will conclude with Santa officially lighting the spectacular Calvin Gilmore Theater.
Gilmore says “I have grandchildren that mean the world to me. In this season of giving, those of us here at Gilmore Entertainment decided to make our presence count for more. We chose the Children’s Miracle Network for the wonderful work that they do to see that these children get the medical attention that they need and deserve.”
In addition to the balloon event and the two dedicated performances, The Calvin Gilmore Theater will also have a tree in the lobby dedicated to The Children’s Miracle network and patrons will have the opportunity to purchase paper balloons for $1 to place on the tree throughout the Christmas season.
To purchase tickets to The Carolina Opry Christmas Special and contribute to this worthy cause, call 800-843-6779, visit TheChristmasShowOfTheSouth.com or visit the box office. Tickets for this event begin to sell one year in advance of opening night and seats do sell out. Dedicated Children’s Miracle Network performances will be November 21 at 7pm and Jan 1 at 1pm.
More about The Carolina Opry Christmas Special
Produced and directed by award-winning Calvin Gilmore and referred to at “The Christmas Show of the South,” The Carolina Opry Christmas Special is the first Christmas Show in Myrtle Beach and the standard for holiday entertainment in the Southeast. Every November and December, The Carolina Opry theater is transformed into a winter wonderland where the magic of the season comes alive in a dazzling, jolly, and sentimental musical celebration of America’s best loved holiday.
More about The Children’s Miracle Network, McLeod Hospital
McLeod Children’s Hospital is one of 170 Children’s Hospitals in North America that Comprise the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. The Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMNH), a non-profit organization, is dedicated to helping children by raising funds and awareness for affiliate hospitals. Each year, these non-profit hospitals treat more than 17 million children afflicted with diseases, injuries and birth defects of every kind. A hallmark of CMNH is that 100 percent of every dollar raised in a community stays there to help children in need. McLeod Children’s Hospital treats over 22,700 children each year. McLeod Children’s Hospital provides the highest level of care available to critically ill new born infants through its Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The 40 bed unit provides care to approximately 500 infant patients per year. McLeod Children’s Hospital is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and turns no child away.