(Seguin) -- A international effort started with founding partners in Seguin is getting some help from Hollywood when it comes to raising money for its operation of WATCCH, "What About The Children Children's Home in Uganda."
Tickets are now on sale for the first ever WATCCH gala featuring special guest Carl Kennedy, of Tyler Perry's The Haves and the Have Nots. Kennedy not only has a recurring star role as Officer Gordon on the OWN Network but he also stars on such TV shows as MacGyver, The Quad and Greenleaf.
The semi-formal event is slated for Saturday, Sept. 22 at the Seguin Silver Center. DeCarmen Mitnaul, group founder and president of the organization's board of directors, says after meeting Kennedy at a major modeling celebrity event, he was immediately impressed by her efforts and offered to assist the group by serving as a guest speaker.
"When I met him, we had a conversation. We all went out to eat and we just had an in-depth conversation. I told him about some of the things that WATCCH was doing and he was like 'hey, I want to get involved.' He said don't worry about it. Just get my ticket and that's pretty much how the conversation went. He said I just want to do whatever I can to help you guys continue to do what you guys are doing in Uganda, Africa. So I was just really truly blessed that we could get him," said Mitnaul.
Mitnaul helped to start WATCCH a few years ago following a mission trip with fellow Seguin residents Linda Redix and Pat Redix. Mitnaul, a 2013 Texas Lutheran University graduate, says the group created an orphanage that today has continued strong -- providing long term relief to kids who have lost their families largely due to natural disasters in the third world country.
Mitnaul says the group, known for smaller fundraisers, is excited about hosting its first ever gala in hopes of creating more awareness of the children and communities being affected by natural disasters in Uganda, Africa. Mitnaul says in addition to Kennedy, the gala will also welcome a pair of other special guests to Seguin.
"We are also having Ms. Tru'th come in. She's a gospel singer out of Dallas and she's going to come in and be our entertainment for that night and then, we are also bringing in Opio Ronald who is actually our board member in Uganda that is actually the main person that's in charge of our daily operations and he's supposed to be coming in and giving more of like a brief overview of what we are doing and how we are progressing and where we go from here,' said Mitnaul.
The gala will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 22 at the Silver Center. Tickets to the gala are $50 a person, $85 per couple and $35 for children. Tickets can be purchased at www.eventbrite or by calling 254-383-6436. Ticket requests can also be made by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.