CORBIN — The Corbin Lions Club is hosting a magic show fundraiser on Sunday at Corbin High School with funds going to support the local eyeglass fundraiser charity.
All money raised stays in the Corbin community and goes toward eyeglasses. The eyeglass program provides eye care, eye glasses and eye treatments to those in need in the region.
The Lions Club is proud to host a magic and variety show featuring one of Kentucky’s finest illusionists, Dinky Gowen.
For over 30 years, Dinky Gowen: Master of Illusion has been performing at schools, corporate events, and fundraisers. He is also the featured performer at Beech Bend Amusement Park in Bowling Green, Kentucky. His production company, Gowen Productions, produces over 600 shows a year including The Magic Show, Wild Bill Hiccup’s Wild West Show, and Beech Bend Blitz: The Live Game Show. Beech Bend Park has also provided complimentary tickets to be given away for free along with other door prizes courtesy of local businesses here in Corbin.
Jim Manning, Lions Club secretary, said about five years ago, Dinky purchased the show from the previous magician, who was retiring.
“Dinky is great to work with, enthusiastic, and dedicated to helping in raising funds for Lions throughout Kentucky,” said Manning. “During the summer, he performs magic at a theme park where he provides an excellent show. It’s our honor to be able to host Dinky in Corbin.”
This year’s show not only features the award-winning Dinky Gowen: Master of Illusion, it also features one of Kentucky’s newest rising stars Adrienne Phoenix. Adrienne Phoenix is the only female escape artist and fire eater in Kentucky.
This night will also will have comedy, magic, escapes, ventriloquism and much more.
Due to various conflicts that occurred in the past, and to help attendance for the fundraiser, Dinky suggested moving the show to Sunday as had been successfully done in other venues. Manning said the attendance was somewhat better last year.
“The Sight Conservation Program of the Corbin Lions Club provides support to purchase eyeglasses for those in financial need in the greater Corbin area (extending about five miles beyond the city limits). As funds are available, we also help the Kentucky Lions Eye Foundation to provide cataract surgeries,” said Manning.
The Corbin Lions Club has been sponsoring a magic show for at least two decades. The Corbin Lions Club was chartered in 1947 and has been providing service to the community throughout its 72-year history with primary projects such as an annual auction, magic show, and raising our nation’s flag on Main Street.
Manning said funds provide eyeglasses, cataract surgery (as funds permit), Christmas food baskets (200-250 per year), support local organizations (Backpack Program, Senior Citizens), state organizations (Radio Eye, Kentucky Lions Eye Foundation), and national organizations (Lions Clubs International Foundation), and scholarships for service-minded Corbin graduating seniors.
“With our support, we impact the citizens of Corbin through eyeglasses and food and the world through LCIF disaster relief,” added Manning.
The show starts at 3 p.m. Sunday at Corbin High School.
Online tickets are $8, and children 5 years and younger are free. Tickets at the door will be $12. (Online transaction fee is $1.43.) Tickets can be purchased at www.dinkmagic.com.