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Vee Family’s Neil Diamond Salute Coming to Milbank High School Theatre (2018-03-13)
Written by: Debbie Hemmer

The very popular Matt Vee Family and Friends’ salute to Neil Diamond entitled, I am...He Said, is coming to the Milbank High School theater Sunday, April 22. The show is being sponsored by the Milbank School Endowment Fund with all proceeds going toward the fund. Two performances will be given at 3 and 7:30 p.m.

Starring in the Neil Diamond tribute is Matt Vee, nephew of the legendary Bobby Vee. Jeff and Tommy Vee, sons of Bobby, will also be performing at the concert. Members of the Milbank High School choir will serve as back-up singers during a portion of the concert.

The family name is actually Velline, but the musicians perform under the Vee name. Matt Vee was a member of the Johnny Holm Band for 13 years, and also toured with Bobby Vee and his sons for several years.

The Neil Diamond salute is a hot ticket, and shows sell out quickly. Matt Vee’s rich baritone voice is perfect for Diamond’s songs, and the audiences will be treated to such classics as “Cracklin’ Rosie,” “Song Sung Blue” and “Sweet Caroline.”

Jane Popowski of Milbank has been instrumental in bringing the show here. She is a member of the board of directors of the Milbank School Endowment Fund.

The Popowski family have been personal friends of the Vee family for many years. “I was sitting in my backyard last June, talking with a friend about ways to raise funds for the foundation,” said Popowski. “I asked, ‘Why can’t we bring the show to Milbank?’”

She contacted Tommy Vee, and his response was, “We can do that.” The plans were then set in motion to bring the show to Milbank.

The endowment fund was formed in 2007 and interest from the fund will be used to create and enhance academic programs which are no longer offered in the Milbank School District. Several programs have been eliminated through the years because of cuts in state tax support.

The endowment fund is often confused with the Milbank High School Education Foundation which provides scholarships to graduating seniors. However, the two funds are totally separate entities.

Seating will be reserved at the concert, and tickets are now on sale for $25. They can be purchased at the high school Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., or by calling 605-432-5579. Cash, check or credit cards can be taken.

Tickets will also be available at First Bank & Trust in Milbank Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon. Call 605-432-5111 to purchase tickets. Only cash or checks can be accepted by First Bank & Trust.

Those wishing to attend are urged to order tickets as soon as possible, as organizers believe the tickets will go fast. See ad elsewhere for more details.

~ Deb Hemmer, Grant County Review

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