Big musical chair challenge will help orphanage

Kids, teenagers and adults are invited to participate in the city’s largest musical chair competition.

Registration for Marshalltown’s Largest Musical Chairs Challenge event will begin at 6 p.m. Friday at the Franklin Elementary School Field. The event will benefit the Jonathan House Ministries and Ebenezer’s Youth Ministries.

Carter Strand, Central African Republic Orphanage coordinator, said the event will have three different age groups.

“We want as many people as possible to get involved,” Strand said. “It will be fun and it raises money for two good causes. It gives us a chance to help people here and in the middle of Africa while having fun. There will be prizes.”

Roger Hatch, of Marshalltown, is the international director of Jonathan House Ministries. This organization provides an orphanage and a school for children in Sierra Leone, Africa.

Jon Rottink, youth director of First Presbyterian Church, said Ebenezer’s Youth Ministries is an association of area youth workers and pastors that get together and do local outreach and missionary events.

The event costs $7. People under 18 years old must have a signed permission slip from their parents in order to participate.

Tickets can be purchased during registration or at First Presbyterian Church, First Congregational Church, LaMoille Congregational Church, First United Methodist Church, Evangelical Free Church or First Baptist Church.