Mandrell Sisters Reunite for Fundraiser

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In 1980, Barbara Mandrell and her sisters, Louise and Irlene, became the first country artists to hold down a major network prime-time country TV series.

The show was so popular that Time-Life, three years ago, released a “Best of” DVD collection.

Now, for one night only, the sassy sisters are getting together—but there won’t be any sister singing or sketches that marked the Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell Sisters variety show.

Instead, Barbara, Louise and Irlene will mix and mingle with fans at an Opryland-area club called Nashville Palace to help Barbara’s daughter, Jaime Dudney, raise money for needy Kenyans.

The Mandrells will leave the singing to Barbara’s daughter-in-law, Christy Sutherland, and some friends, including Mike Farris.

Barbara also has friends like Reba McEntire and Kenny Chesney donating auction items for the event.

The Mandrell sisters last appeared together in public for Barbara’s induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame last year, but it had been years before that.

The auction includes an autographed guitar from Kenny, a signed dulcimer from Dolly Parton, a Lynda Carter-autographed Wonder Woman lunch box and a dress Reba wore at the 2010 CMT Music Awards. The aforementioned items, plus others, are up for bid on eBay.

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