MIDDLETOWN, Ky. (December 2003) Mark Metry really wants turkeys.
But not for himself. Its all about feeding the hungry
at Christmas, he said.
Metry is the owner of Metrys on Main Jewelry Shoppe, located
in the heart of the quaint Middletown shopping district. He has struck
upon an idea, which he hopes will evolve into an annual charity event
at his business.
singer Louise Mandrell.
Metry is partnering with the Dare to Care Food Bank in
Louisville to provide turkeys to needy families for the holidays.
After approaching Director of Development Denton Randall with his
idea for a fundraiser, Denton told him high protein foods, such as
turkeys, were an item most needed this time of the year.
Three weeks before the event, a commitment of 50 turkeys or more had
already been made, said Randall. Founded in 1971, this food bank feeds
families in Kentucky and Southern Indiana. A 33,000-square-foot facility
was erected in 1987 on Fern Valley Road in Louisville from private
and public donations.
But what makes this event so special for Metry is that his close,
personal friend, country music star Louise Mandrell, will be a part
of it. Mandrell is donating time from her hectic schedule to appear
at Metrys store in support of this project.
Im lucky to call her my friend, said Metry of this
country music legend. Mandrell often lends a helping hand to charity
events and even sponsors her own annual Louise Mandrell Celebrity
Shoot. This nationally televised event has raised nearly $1
million for the Boy Scouts of America.
It was at one of these annual Celebrity Shoots to which Metrys
best friend, Rick Probus, had been invited. Knowing he could invite
one guest, Probus asked Metry to attend with him. After introducing
Mandrel to Metry, they hit it off because both had wonderful personalities,
Probus, owner of Creations Hair Designs, has known Mandrell for 13
years. Since 1986, he has been a celebrity hairdresser. He was introduced
to Mandrell while on the road with other celebrities such as Wynona
Judd, Tanya Tucker and Alan Jackson. She heard about me and
called me, said Probus.
This is a great way to give back to the community, said
Probus. UPS is lending a hand locally, as well as Sanderson Farms,
distributors of the Miss Goldy brand of chicken. This definitely
has potential to become an annual event, said Probus.
To be in sync with the season, Metry is labeling his fundraiser the
Louise Mandrell Turkey Shoot. Although no live turkeys
will actually be shot, Dare to Care will provide a refrigerated truck
the day of the event in which to keep the frozen donated turkeys,
Mandrell is an expert marksman, said Metry. She has earned high honors
in shooting competitions and is an avid trap, skeet and sporting clays
shooter. She is also an articulate leader in promoting shooting sports,
a strong advocate for gun safety and a tireless fighter for Second
Mandrell has been endorsed by National Rifle Association (NRA) President
Charlton Heston and held a seat on the NRA Board of Directors. Because
of her love of the sport and willingness to educate others about firearm
safety, she gained the title of Honorary Chairwoman of the National
Hunting and Fishing Day in 1996. U.S. Congress set this day aside
in 1971 in recognition of the contributions of hunters and anglers
to wildlife conservation.
Randall said he was delighted at the prospect of having Mandrell lend
her support to this fundraiser, which he would love to do on
a regular basis.
Turkeys will be collected from noon until 4 p.m. on Dec. 14 at Metrys
on Main, 11712 Main St. Metry said he is also planning to give away
prizes for such things as the largest turkey donated. Any purchase
made between Nov. 1 and Dec. 13 at Metrys will enter customers
into a drawing for a weekend getaway in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. This will
include accommodations, a backstage pass and a show at the Louise
Donated prizes include a watch from the Citizen Watch Co., a special
piece of jewelry to be given away, and a guitar autographed by all
three Mandrell sisters, Louise, Erlene and Barbara.
Many members of the community are lending a supportive arm, too. David
Hobbs of River City Bank has donated a heated tent for the event.
Metro Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson may attend the fundraiser if
his schedule allows.
Turkey donations can be made prior to the event. Metry said he hopes
to have to empty the (refrigerated) truck and come back for
Metry will also hold an open house from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. in his business
at that same day. Mandrell will still be on hand to mingle with shoppers.
Metry said he thought this would be a good time for an open house
because many panicky men wait until the last minute to
purchase jewelry items for holiday presents.
Metry was reluctant about approaching Mandrell with this idea, not
wanting to ruin their friendship to capitalize on his idea. But Mandrell
insisted on helping, and after a performance on Saturday night, Dec.
13, she plans to get into a car driven by her personal assistant in
order to be in Middletown the next day. She is generous to a
fault, said Metry.
Mandrells Pigeon Forge Theatre is also a drop off for surplus
food, so that it does not go to waste while there are hungry people
living in the community. It is distributed to food banks in eastern
After recently seeing a news report that related the fact that there
were 4,000 homeless children in Jefferson County, Metry said, The
need is out there. I really want turkeys.
For more information contact Metry at (502) 254-5395. To
make additional donations to Dare to Care, contact Randall at (502)