Aiken Women’s Heart Board Benefit Show Salutes The U.S. Military

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Aiken, SC (WJBF) – You can help fight heart disease by buying a ticket to a great show. The Aiken Women’s Heart Board is holding its annual benefit. It’s just one way this group is “Caring for Carolina”.

The talented performers have a lot to sing about. They’re using their voices to raise money for a great cause: The American Heart Association.

Photo of the 2015-2016 Aiken Women's Heart Board members.

They performed at a Heart Show encore performance back in July. This week, director Jim Moore and his crew are putting the finishing touches on another production at the Etherredge Center at USC Aiken.

“So, you guys are hard at work and this is part of your set? What’s under that cloth?” we asked Moore. “These are the platforms, you’ll have to buy a ticket to find out more,” he said.

This isn’t Moore’s directorial debut.  It’s his 38th year. “I report to the Heart Board, they produce the show. They paint the sets, get the props, get the costumes. Usually, there are 23 to 24 in the cast. They are all local.”

“It’s an incredible, unique, talented group of people that support and make this production happen,” said Aiken Women’s Heart Board president Teresa Haas, when talking about the 45 members of the Heart Board.

The Board was founded by Eleanor Bookstaver, nearly a half century ago. Among the first members was Mamie Eisenhower. “She knew that, as a First Lady, that Mrs. Eisnhower would be able to give recognition and prominence to the board,” said Haas.

Over the years, with performances like this one, the Heart Board has raised nearly $2 million.

This year’s Heart Board Show will pay tribute to the United States Military. Performances start Wednesday night and run through Sunday.

Click here to learn more about the Aiken Women’s Heart Board, as well as the event.

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