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Linkin’ Bridge will entertain at fundraiser

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Entertainment with regional connections and national fame is coming to a fall fundraiser in Elizabethtown.

Now in its 12th year, Taste of Guatemala is a benefit for the Living Waters Guatemala Partnership, a project of the Elizabethtown Rotary Club and First Presbyterian Church.

“It’s been a challenge for us every year to bring in something a little bit more spectacular than the year before,” organizer Bob Swope said.

This year, America’s Got Talent alumni Linkin’ Bridge will perform.

Swope said he’s wanted to have the Louis­ville-based acappella group perform since they first appeared in 2016 on America’s Got Talent but couldn’t get connected.

He finally reached out to group member Montre Davis who felt the event fit into the mission of the group, Swope said.

Linkin’ Bridge also provided a reduction in its standard talent fee.

“Hopefully, this will turn into a long-term relationship,” Swope said adding he thinks the group will appeal to a large audience that likes a variety of music.

Linkin’ Bridge performed to a packed State Theater soon after they were close to winning AGT in 2016, he said.

Swope is hoping fans will fill the seats for the upcoming performance.

The concert is 7:30 p.m. Sept. 21. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. The event is held Sept. 21 at the State Theater complex in Elizabethtown.

More significant changes are planned for the food side of the event, Swope said. In the past, different restaurants brought appetizer-size portions of Guatemalan recipes and attendees went around the room sampling different foods. Based on the feedback, organizers determined a sit-down meal would be preferred, Swope said.

The seating will be limited to 25 tables, about 200 guests, but the food will be served more formally, he said.

Gordon Foods Consulting Executive Chef Rob Granberg will organize a menu and research recipes. He then will work with the culinary students at Hardin County Schools’ Early College and Career Center to provide the meal.

“It’s considerably more elegant dining than in years past,” Swope said.

The dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. Reservations for a full table of eight is $1,000 and a half table of four is $500.

“The whole reason to do all this is not just to have a good time and to have a nice evening but it’s also a fundraiser for Living Waters Guatemala Partnership,” Swope said. “It’s all about sharing the gift of clean water to those who have none.”

The goal is to improve the health for Guatemalans by eliminating the sickness in the contaminated water, Swope said.

To reserve a table for the dinner, email bswope@swope.com.

For concert ticket sales, go to www.thestate270.org or call 270-234-8258.

Becca Owsley can be reached at 270-505-1740 or bowsley@thenewsenterprise.com.

Becca Owsley is a features reporter at The News-Enterprise.

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