Proceeds from event Thursday to benefit CARA

Jan. 23, 2013 @ 05:01 AM

Cowboys in the old West often had a faithful dog by their side, so it’s appropriate that an upcoming cowboy-themed show at Temple Theatre will benefit Carolina Animal Rescue and Adoption.

The Swingin’ Cowboys will be performing their brand of country-and-western nostalgia in Sanford for the next three weeks, but it’s the show this Thursday, at 7 p.m., that local animal lovers might want to attend.

Tickets are $30 and include champagne and dessert in addition to the show itself, which features music from Gene Autry, Stephen Foster, the Singing Cowboys and others, plus a tribute to Hank Williams. Every cent of the $30 tickets will go to CARA, said Eva Rogers, the group’s fund-raising coordinator, thanking Temple Theatre and Sanford’s West Financial Strategies for their help.

“This is for our special needs fund,” she said. “If we have animals that are injured or have heart worms, or we have a couple of dogs with cancer, this goes to those kind of things.”

Money raised at the event will also be put toward the group’s $20 spay and neuter program, which helps low-income families get those pet surgeries at a fraction of the usual price.

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday, CARA will also be showing off dozens of dogs up for adoption at the Petsmart at Spring Lane. More information about that event and others can be found on the group’s Facebook page at

Tickets for the Temple Theatre show were available as of Tuesday afternoon and can be purchased at or at the Temple Theatre box office.

According to a news release from the Temple, the venue’s Producing Artistic Director Peggy Taphorn will stage manage the production, while Steven Harrington will serve as technical director and Jonathan McKone is the lighting designer and master electrician.

“This trip down memory lane consists of songs from Stephen Foster to the Singing Cowboys to Western swing,” the release states. “An authentic western set, along with some of the best musicians in the United States, will make for an unforgettable night.” Some numbers in the show include the familiar tunes “Get Along Litle Doggie,” “Back in the Saddle Again,” “Ghost Riders in the Sky” and many more

While Thursday’s 7 p.m. performance is the only one that will benefit CARA, the only no-kill animal shelter in North Carolina, there will be many more chances to see The Swingin’ Cowboys in Sanford. The group will perform every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday between this Thursday and Feb 10, with Thursday shows at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday shows at 8 p.m. and Sunday shows at 2 p.m.

Tickets for every show except the CARA benefit are $23 for adults, $19 for active military, Lee County educators or large groups, and $13 for students. They can be bought at the Temple Theatre Box Office, by phone at (919) 774-4155, or online at


WHAT: Temple Theatre’s production of “The Swingin’ Cowboys”

WHERE: Temple Theatre, 120 Carthage St., Sanford

WHEN: Jan. 24 - Feb. 10, showtimes are Thursdays at 2 and 7 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m.

COST: $23 for adults, $19 for active military/Lee County educators/groups of 10-plus, and $13 for students. Tickets are available by calling Temple Theatre’s box office at (919) 774-4155, or they can be purchased online at Tickets to the fund-raising night at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 24, benefiting Carolina Animal Rescue and Adoption, are $30 apiece. Visit to purchase tickets or to learn more.