The benefit event will be hosted by Governor Asa Hutchinson, First Lady Susan Hutchinson, and Arkansas State University, with proceeds going to the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home in Dyess.
The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a reception and photo opportunity, followed by “Memories, Music, and More,” including Cash’s reflections on her involvement with restoration of her father’s home and music inspired by her reconnections with the South. She began working with A-State in 2011 to acquire and restore the home and has remained actively involved in the project.
Tickets are $150 per person. Sponsorship opportunities also are available. Gold sponsorships are $2,500 and include eight event tickets, recognition at the event, and first section seating. Silver sponsorship at $1,000 and include four event tickets, recognition at the event, and second section seating.
Tickets or sponsorships may be obtained by calling 870-972-2803, e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or going to AState.edu/donations to pay securely online by credit card. (Please put “Cash Benefit” in the “Other” category). Checks may be made to Johnny Cash Boyhood Home and mailed to P. O. Box 2050, State University, AR 72467. Limited tickets are available and must be purchased no later than Feb. 22.
The Johnny Cash Boyhood Home opened in August 2014, along with exhibits in the Historic Dyess Colony Administration Building. The Arkansas State University Heritage Site is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
The next phase of the project will include re-creating the Cash farmstead buildings, including the barn (to be adapted inside for classroom and special events space), smokehouse, chicken coop, and outhouse.
When her album, “The River and the Thread” was released in 2014, Rosanne Cash discussed the boyhood home restoration project’s influence on her music during appearances on nationally televised programs such as CBS Sunday Morning and the Katie Couric Show, and in interviews in The Guardian, the New York Times, Smithsonian Magazine and numerous other media. She also has mentioned Arkansas State University during concert tours throughout the world.