ABILENE, Texas (PRESS RELEASE) – This year’s 49th edition of the West Texas Rehabilitation Center’s telethon and auction promises to be one of the best yet featuring favorite guests along with two great entertainers, Country Music Hall of Famer, Ricky Skaggs and Nashville’s newest trio, Runaway June. The online auction will be one of the largest in the history of telethon. This year’s telethon takes place on January 19st at the Abilene Convention Center from 7:00pm through 12:00am.

Fifteen-time GRAMMY® Award winner Ricky Skaggs’ career is easily among the most significant in recent country music history. If Skaggs’ burgeoning trophy case full of awards wasn’t already enough evidence of that fact, consider that legendary guitarist Chet Atkins once credited Skaggs with “singlehandedly saving country music.” His life’s path has taken him to various musical genres, from where it all began in bluegrass music, to striking out on new musical journeys, while still leaving his musical roots intact.

With their debut single, “Lipstick,” Runaway June became the first all-female trio in over a DECADE to score a Top 25 hit. With the help of the trio’s follow-up Top 40 single “Wild West” the breakout trio earned a 2018

ACM nomination for “New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year”. With their current single “Buy My Own Drinks,” co-written by Runaway June and Hillary Lindsey and Josh Kear, the trio is primed to cement their identity as one of the best new groups in the genre.

In addition, Charlie Chase, longtime co-host of the popular “Crook and Chase” talk show on the Nashville Network will return to anchor the Rehab 2019 host desk. Texas legend Red Steagall will be back along with The Boys in the Bunkhouse for the show. Rion Paige of X-Factor Fame is joining us for her second year. Other “regulars” lined up to appear are Brad Maule (General Hospital), Twyla Foreman, Jennifer Smith, and Braid Blanks.

The West Texas Rehab relies on its sponsors to help make the telethon a continued success. This year, Capital Farm Credit and Black Plumbing and Maverick Saw Cutting and Core Drilling are the official corporate partners of the live show. The special tote board, which tallies the night’s fundraising total, is sponsored by Decker Capital Partners. The hospitality suite is sponsored by RHS Construction Services. Auction sponsor is NTS Communications. Our check presentation sponsor is Zach, Lou and Robert O. Briley. Host hotel is the MCM Elegante & Suites.

Live coverage of the telethon will be carried on television stations in Abilene, San Angelo, Corpus Christi, Midland/Odessa, Lubbock, Amarillo, Waco/Temple/Bryan, & Lawton, OK. The show will stream live at WestTexasRehab.org.

Bids for the annual internet auction of merchandise and services provided by friends and businesses, can be seen at WestTexasRehab.org or by downloading the Handbid app on your phone, searching for Rehab 2019, and registering. Bids will be accepted until midnight on January 19th. These auction items will also be on display at the Abilene Convention Center beginning at 6 pm on the 19th. An auction television show featuring all items will air in Abilene and San Angelo from 5:30pm to 7pm on the night of the telethon.

You can join the conversation by posting your Rehab story by using the hashtag #WestTexasRehab on social media and you may see your post on the show! For more information, please call 325-793-3525.