MANKATO — Ticket prices will be cheaper and they’ll make an effort to reach a younger audience.
Oh, and Shelby Tweten will perform and join her mother in talking about the importance of remaining strong in the face of people who would insist on labeling you weak or crazy.
The Mayo Clinic Health System Auxiliary announced details of the 11th annual Women’s Show Thursday, and North Mankato’s “American Idol” contestant is among the big draws this year.
Tweten and her mother, Karrey, will together present a talk titled “Living, Loving and Learning Through Mental Illness,” at the event set for Sept. 22 at Verizon Wireless Center.
The songs Tweten will sing, she said, will be about empowerment for women.
“I don’t want you to be looked at as a weakling,” said Tweten about her message to young women.
She said she and her mother have become quite close in recent years, especially as she’s dealt with mental illness and bipolar disorder.
Tweten is the most recent recipient of the Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services Leadership Award, an award previously won by Tipper Gore and Sen. Patrick Kennedy. She recently traveled to Los Angeles to accept the award.
Millions of Americans heard of her battle with depression and bipolar disorder during her audition on “American Idol.” She said she’ll talk more about her struggle at the Women’s Show.
“I’ll probably be singing, too,” she said.
Mayo Clinic Health System Auxiliary President Julie Vetter said they’re lowering ticket prices this year to make the event as accessible as possible for all attendees, and they’ll be adjusting programming to fit the needs of younger attendees.
Prices will be $7 in advance for adults, $5 for kids 12 and younger, and free for age 5 and younger. All tickets sold on the day of the show are $10, with kids 5 and younger still free. Tickets are available at the Verizon Wireless box office, both Hy-Vee locations, online at Ticketmaster, and at the Mayo Clinic Health System Auxiliary Gift Shop.
The auxiliary for years has raised money to help the hospital purchase medical equipment. This year, they’re hoping to help fund a new pediatric in-patient unit.
The annual Women’s Show is perhaps the auxiliary’s most visible fundraiser.
“We want to make sure this show remains relevant,” Mayo spokesman Kevin Burns said.
A certain local songstress should help with that.
“This is exactly what I want to be doing,” Tweten said.
Added her mother, “There really is a need for young women to pull together.”
The event also includes a stage presentations by Mayo psychologist Rosean(cq) Bishop titled, “How to be inspired through everyday life,” a silent auction, exhibitors from health and wellness entities and a raffle.