Duck Dynasty star Willie Robertson's appearance in Bristol has been cancelled after a prior delay.
Organizers of the April 12 event announced a cancellation around 5 p.m. Monday.
Organizers say a recent partnership between Duck Dynasty and Duck Commander Wines will send the wrong message to young people who were attending the event.
"Our greatest responsibility is to the young people we serve. Therefore, we feel that in light of the recent news that the stars of the show "Duck Dynasty" are partnering with Trinchero Family Estates to launch Duck Commander Wines, to continue with this event would send mixed messages to the young people who go through our Adolescent Drug and Alcohol program," said Derek Bell, director of development for Family Ministries.
Tickets will be refunded by the Viking Hall Civic Center. If you bought tickets online you can ask for a refund by clicking here.
The following is the full press release from Family Ministries about the cancellation:
"It was announced today that the April 12 event with "Duck Dynasty" star and Duck Commander CEO Willie Robertson at Viking Hall has been cancelled. This show was originally scheduled for October 19, 2013, and had been rescheduled for Saturday, April 12, 2014, due to a scheduling conflict.
This event was part of a fundraiser to benefit Family Ministries’ “School Expansion Project”. According to Derek Bell, Director of Development for Family Ministries, "Our greatest responsibility is to the young people we serve. Therefore, we feel that in light of the recent news that the stars of the show "Duck Dynasty" are partnering with Trinchero Family Estates to launch Duck Commander Wines, to continue with this event would send mixed messages to the young people who go through our Adolescent Drug and Alcohol program." Bell goes on to say, "Our message must be consistent. The lives of those children may well hang in the balance. We certainly apologize to the people who have already purchased tickets, and pray they understand our position."
Family Ministries is a Christian non-profit organization that takes care of at-risk children. As part of that care, approximately half of the children they serve go through its Adolescent Drug and Alcohol Program.
Tickets sold will be refunded by Viking Hall Civic Center and at e-tix.com. Some have already expressed their desired to continue their support through donations to this "School Expansion Project". To donate please call or email through the contact info below.
Family Ministries would like to thank Bass Pro Shops, Johnson Commercial Development and The Pinnacle for their willingness to be Premier Sponsors for this event.
Proceeds from the event would have benefited Family Ministries’ planned 10,000-square-foot expansion to provide updated classroom space and counseling facilities for the children that Family Ministries serve. The school expansion project broke ground in October and is scheduled with an estimated completion date of summer 2014.
Other sponsors for this event included Bristol Tennessee Essential Services, Eddie Cox of Farm Bureau, Food City, Personalized From Me To You online retailer, Reinhart Food Services and Wal-Mart on Volunteer Parkway in Bristol."