BVT Hosts Musical Night to Remember

Breckenridge Village of Tyler hosts musical benefit event
A Night to Remember: Doo Wop at the Soda Shoppe”

Photo: A group singing on stageTYLER – It was truly a night to remember for residents and friends of Breckenridge Village of Tyler at BVT’s musical benefit event, “A Night to Remember: Doo Wop at the Soda Shoppe.” The stage at Bushman’s Celebration Center was full of the sights and sounds of the ‘50s and ‘60s.  About 700 guests enjoyed performances by local and nationally-renowned musicians, but the highlight of the night came as residents of Breckenridge Village took the stage to sing and dance.

Breckenridge Village of Tyler is a faith-based residential community for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The event raised over $33,000 that will be used for the care of BVT residents and day program participants.

On Friday February 27th, audience members dressed in poodle skirts, penny loafers and other nostalgic duds from the era. Neal Sharpe, a singer who traveled and performed with several of the original doo wop bands of the 50’s and 60’s, performed at the event. Casey Rivers, The GTOs, Shake Rattle n Roll, The C, November Roberts, and Tyler Junior College’s Apache Belles also graced the stage. Radio personality Mr. Tom Perryman from the Ranch Radio Group and his wife Billie were among the distinguished guests in attendance.

Photo: Women signing on stageWhen BVT resident Jesse sang the 1957 classic “My special angel,” the crowd erupted in applause and a standing ovation. Jesse’s friends from BVT danced behind him, and the act ended with residents dancing the twist to the music of Dale Cummings.

“Our 5th annual Night to Remember was a huge success thanks to an outpouring of support from so many folks in the community,” says Linda Taylor, Director of Development at Breckenridge Village. “Most importantly, our residents had an amazing time preparing and performing. We treasure every moment we get to put our residents in the spotlight.”

Donors and community partners who helped make the event possible include Kiepersol Enterprises’ Pierre de Wet, Debra and Jeff Johnston of the Chick-fil-A on South Broadway, and Allison and Ikey Eason of the Chick-fil-A on Troup Highway, and Brookshire’s Grocery. The star-studded, talented lineup was under the direction of Green Acres Baptist Church’s Penny and Kevin Burdette.

For more information about Breckenridge Village of Tyler (BVT), contact Linda Taylor at 903-596-8100 or visit

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Breckenridge Village of Tyler (BVT) is part of BCFS’ global system of health and human service non-profit organizations. BVT is a faith-based community for adults with mild to moderate intellectual and developmental disabilities. Located on a tranquil 70-acre campus just west of Tyler, Texas, our community offers exceptional residential and day enrichment programs to meet the needs of the persons entrusted to our care. We are dedicated to serving a group of amazing people—God’s Forever Children—in a warm, safe, family-like setting that seeks to empower each resident as he or she develops spiritually, physically, mentally, emotionally, and socially in a safe, loving, and closely supervised environment.