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Dolly Parton Tribute to Benefit Imagination Library in Six Counties

dolly 4The United Way Women’s Leadership Council of the Susquehanna Valley River Region presents Sandy Vee Anderson in a Dolly Parton Tribute to benefit the Imagination Library in a six-county region. Sandy is a Dolly Parton impersonator from Las Vegas who traded in working 9 to 5 for singing 9 to 5 when she began her award-winning tribute to the country music icon.

“We wanted to have a fun event to benefit solutions to a very serious issue,” said Alicia King Redfern, Chair of the six-county United Way Women’s Leadership Council of the Susquehanna River Valley. “Young children reading early and often is an important part being ready for kindergarten and a foundation for excellent literacy skills later in school.”

“Folks that like Dolly Parton and country music will enjoy this show,” said Scott N. Lowery, Lycoming County United Way executive director. “As the proceeds of the show will support the work of the Dolly Parton Imagination Library right here in our own backyard, we thought it would only be fitting to bring this show to the Community Arts Center. Sandy Anderson’s Dolly Parton tribute has played to rave reviews in Las Vegas; Branson, Missouri; Atlantic City; and around the world. Dolly Parton has paid tribute to Anderson’s performance by stating ‘she is so good, she even fools my family.’”

Sandy will take the stage Friday, September 12 at the Community Arts Center in Williamsport. The show begins at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $25/person and can be purchased by calling the box office at (570) 326-2424 or online at

All proceeds benefit Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, a program supported the Women’s Leadership Council that puts books into the hands of children ages 0-5 in six central Pennsylvania counties. The average cost of books and mailing is $25/child per year, and is paid for by donations so that the program is free to the kids. By mailing high quality, age-appropriate books directly to the homes of children, the Library helps to create a love of reading books. Moreover, it helps to insure that every child has books in their home, regardless of their family’s income.

Ms. Redfern added, “We have the event fully paid for by five generous sponsors so that 100% of what is raised in ticket sales will benefit the Imagination Library directly. If we can sell out and raise $20,000, 800 kids will receive books every month for a year.” Sponsors of the Dolly Parton Tribute are: Albright Footcare Center LLC, The Eye Center of Central PA, FNB Wealth Management, PPL Corporation, and the Soroptimists International Chapter of the SUN Counties.

The Women’s Leadership Council is an initiative of United Way Worldwide to mobilize the caring power of women throughout the world. Any woman donating $500 to her local United Way in the Valley is automatically a ‘member’ of the local Women’s Leadership Council. The Councils advocate for issues important to them, and taking a leadership role in the work of United Way. The local Women’s Leadership Council is focused on Early Childhood Literacy and administers Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library for Columbia, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder, and Union counties.

For more information on the United Way Women’s Leadership Council of the Susquehanna Valley River Region or to make a donation to Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, go to .


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