Doc’s Photo Gallery captured it all!
Well….Doc McKenzie’s 60th Birthday celebration is now a part of history…
But, photographs from the event are now posted on the worldwide web for the rest of his life! (smile).
Family, fans and friends got together to help Doc McKenzie create a lifetime of memories that can now be viewed on his 60th Birthday website: http://www.Doc60th.com
For those of you who were not able to attend, and sent your regrets, this summary is for you!“Home Town Tour, Luncheon and The Dinner Cruise”
The two day event kicked off with a tour of Doc McKenzie’s hometown of Olanta, SC; a place where folks still yell “hey there” and wave at you as you drive down the street. Doc and his sister Ginny narrated the tour; pointing out landmarks and places that have shaped him to be the person that he is. The group stopped by one of his relatives home and visited with her as rocked on the front porch, visited his elementary school building, and the towns general store – which still sells washboards and big metal tubs. The day was perfect for a drive in the country…”There’s no place like home” said Doc on the tour.
After the tour ended, the group proceeded to the Thunderbird Restaurant; a nationally recognized and famous food spot, with one of the best buffets of southern style foods in South Carolina! The group dined in a private party room which was nicely decorated with place settings that said “Happy Birthday”, and centerpieces of red flowers wrapped in natural wood vases…it was really nice. Angela Breedlove, a partner of A&J Promotions out of Danville, VA made a special effort to join Doc McKenzie at the luncheon, along with dozens of others from all over the country.
Doc McKenzie chartered a bus to transport folks from Florence to Myrtle Beach for the Dinner Cruise. The boat was filled with folks who came in town from every corner of the country. SunCruz was pleased to host “Doc McKenzie’s 60th Birthday” group, and stated that Doc’s group was one of the largest they’ve had in years! Every person on the cruise was given a black tote bag from Doc, which had snacks, activity books, Bingo (DocGo) game cards and personalized playing cards with Doc McKenzie’s photograph on it. The best time of the evening was playing DocGo…instead of saying Bingo, the person would have to yell out “DocGo”. Throughout the night, folks broke open their Doc playing cards and had some really interactive and loud at time (smile) games going on. The food on board the cruise ship was also unbelievable, and there was plenty to eat all night long…“The Music”
The event was “off the chain” as the young folks say…
Of course the music from all the groups was exceptional – Doc didn’t expect anything less from them. Before the groups began, radio personality and promoter, Evangelist Loretta Coleman presented Doc with a musical tribute to the song “Thank You For Being A Friend” – I think Doc actually had a tear in his eye after that presentation. The line-up consisted of: The Singing Angels from Sumter, SC; who presented Doc McKenzie with a unique and harmonious version of “Happy Birthday To You”, the crowd absolutely loved the Singing Angels rendition of this classic song. Also from South Carolina was one of Doc’s favorite groups, Ernest Pearson & The Singing Disciples who also was a crowd pleaser. From Baltimore, MD came the Bells of Joy, who are becoming more prevalent on the national scene. Tommy Ellison’s Singing Stars represented the legacy left by Tommy Ellison with such grace. “Wow” is what many in the crowd said after their tear-jerker performance…The legend himself, Spencer Taylor & his electrifying Highway QC’s took no passengers!!! They came through that place like a freight train gone wild!!! Folks who wanted to jump on board couldn’t keep up with them…”where does Spencer get the energy from?” is what many were asking after his group left the crowd asking for more. At the end of the night Doc McKenzie and the Hi-Lites had to literally pull away from the crowd…folks didn’t want the night to end.“The Reception”
Throughout the night many games and special activities took place. There was a VIP “Take The Glass” reception – folks got to literally take the crystal glasses home with them; which had a black and gold “Doc60th Birthday” ribbon tied on the stem and was filled with personalized red and gold “Doc60th” M&M’s…It was truly a special touch for a special man of God. The reception was catered by two local vendors, and the spread was absolutely breath-taking. Oh, let’s not forget to mention the moist and pallet pleasing Red Velvet cake, which was designed with the photo of Doc that is on his website. No one wanted to cut the cake – we all wanted to take it home. During the reception many supporters presented Doc with special gifts and other keepsakes."Activities"
Doc wanted to make sure many folks in attendance would have an opportunity to play some of the games. Before the games began, Doc called all the children up to the front of the stage and gave them all gift bags with toys and candy. – the children, and some adults too (smile); who claimed their children were at home …had a great time receiving gifts from Doc from the stage. To begin the games, Doc did a “toilet paper toss” – which was personalized toilet paper with either the letter “D” or “M” or “musical notes” – that he tossed out in to the audience (some folks took the toilet paper to their car before the games began – and when the games started, they couldn’t play because the toilet paper was “in their car” – go figure!. For those who were fortunate enough to make it through the over-excited crowd…they were able to play some of the games throughout the night. The games included: “Unwrap the Prize”; which were boxes filled with different items – some valuable and some not so valuable (smile)…”Deal or No Deal” and “Let’s Make A Deal; where Doc asked the winner of a particular game to exchange what they won with one of the silver brief cases on the stage – everyone kept what they won, and the case with the “seven, crisp one hundred dollar bills” was left on the stage – unclaimed!…There was also Charades; where Doc sung the clues to “The Man In The Middle” – the person still wasn’t able to decode or win a prize…folks in the audience were even trying to give the answers! The funniest game was “Docpardy” – which was the events version of Jeopardy…All I can say is “My, my, my…some folks need to really learn more about the history of the Hi-Lites (smile)…There were Bibleology questions throughout the night, which also gave folks an opportunity to win prizes. There was also a large clear glass with Pinto beans and Rice (Doc’s favorite food) where folks had to guess how many were in the glass. Since no one guessed it correctly (his age, times the number of years he’s been on the earth, and don’t forget to include the leap years…) – the glass was ultimately given to Doc’s godmother who promised to prepare his favorite meal. The last and most spectacular event of the night was a special appearance by “Beyond Say” – a comedian who danced to Beyonce’s “All The Single Ladies” video by Powerpoint… “Beyond Say” was wondering why Doc had never married in 60 years? She gave advice to single ladies in the audience… Doc and many folks in the audience were laughing so hard, they were screaming…it was a perfect closure to a night of celebrating someone’s life and God’s gift to the world.“Gifts From Doc”
Doc McKenzie wanted to make sure everyone went home with something from him. So he created gift bags for the VIP guests which included so many different things; food, toiletries, Bibles, etc., He also had black embossed pens, activity books, a memory book, tote bags, VIP pillows, tee-shirts, playing cards with his photograph on them, and so much more…Not one person left without a gift from Doc McKenzie…“The Event Planning Committee”
This event could not have happened without the spiritual cohesion and cooperation of the Event Planning Committee, which worked diligently for nearly a year, and the assistance of dozens of folks who served as part of the street team and flier distribution efforts across the country. The Event Planning Committee was spearheaded by promoter, Beverly Hines; the President of Hi-Horn Productions from North Carolina, and also included folks from other parts of the country: including Hi-Lites Ministries Administrative Assistant, Stephanie Smith from New Jersey, Hi-Lites Ministries Publicist, Donna Love from Atlanta, GA, Promoter Lola Strange from Macon, GA, Pious Ventures Production Crew of Minnesota; artists Flossie Boyd Johnson from South Carolina and Ernest Pearson from South Carolina; television host Evangeline Bullock from Rocky Mount, NC; Grace Rhodes of Rhodes Productions in Virginia, and Yolanda “Prime 99” of Georgia. There were so many other folks who helped make this event a lifetime memory for Doc McKenzie, and he thanks each and everyone of you from the bottom of his heart…
Update #10 - April 19, 2009Transportation Update for Hometown Tour & Dinner Cruise
For those who are confirmed participants
on the Hometown Tour & Luncheon on Friday, April 24, 2009, the bus will be loading at 9:30 a.m., from the Thunderbird Restaurant in Florence, SC. Doc McKenzie will be the "tour guide" for this historic event! He promises to take his fans, family and frineds to some of his most memorable locations in his hometown of Olanta, SC, Lake City, SC and in Florence, SC. The bus will return to the Thunderbird for lunch around noon.
For those who are confirmed participants
on the Dinner Cruise in Myrtle Beach, SC the SunCruz Shuttle Bus will be picking up Doc McKenzie's group from the Holiday Inn in Little River, SC at 6 p.m. to transport the group to the docking area for the cruise. The ship will depart Myrtle Beach at 7 p.m. You must bring government issued identification (such as a driver's license, birth certificate, state id, passport, etc.). The shuttle bus will be returning to the Holiday Inn after the cruise.
Hi-LItes Ministries has chartered a bus from Florence,SC to Myrtle Beach, SC (departing at 3 p.m., on Friday, April 24) for those who are interested, you must contact Darryl Henley at (843) 453-3001. SPACE IS LIMITED,
and the cost is separate and is NOT
included with the cost of the ticket.CONFIRMED PARTICIPANTS
are those who have an offical event certificate, verifying payment, from Fan Base Administrator, Beverly Hines. If you have any questions about the events or activities please contact Beverly at (252) 670-7093. NO admittance will be granted without official event documentation or a ticket.
Update #9 - March 22,2009More rooms added for Dinner Cruise in Myrtle Beach!
Due to popular demand, we have added an additional hotel for the Dinner Cruise, Friday, April 24, 2009, for Doc McKenzie's 60th Birthday celebration. The Comfort Inn; 1755 US-17 North, North Myrtle Beach, SC, 29582 has been added as the second hotel location. Call (843)249-2490 to reserve your room for the reduced cost of $69.99 for Friday the 24th of April. The rooms are standard with two queen beds. Ask for the DMZIE block and and reservations must be made by April 14th to receive the discounted rate. You will be able to specify smoking or non-smoking at the time of reservation.
Continue to visit the event website: http://www.Doc60th.com
for updated information.
Update #8 - March 12"Entry deadline approaching!"
Doc McKenzie's 60th Birthday celebration will be filled with so much
activity; music and games. The committee has been working diligently
for several months to create an event that will be both memorable and
fun. March 15, 2009 is the deadline to register to be on the program!
Email the Fan Base Administrator today if you want to be included in
the line-up at: firstname.lastname@example.org
There will be an opportunity at the VIP Cake & Punch Reception for
those who want to make a birthday presentation to Mr. McKenzie.
Come dressed in your most comfortable gear! We are going to have a
whole lot of fun!
Update #7 - March 5, 2008"Blocked Rooms Available in Florence"
A block of rooms have been reserved at the Holiday Inn & Suites of Florence; 1819 Lucas Street, Florence, SC 29501 for fans, family and friends who are planning on attending Doc McKenzieâ€™s 60th Birthday Celebration, April 24-25, 2009.
Rooms will be available for a discounted rate of $57 per room, until April 14th. When calling you need to ask for the Dmzie Birthday Block
To make a room reservation, call Holiday Inn Sales Director, Carina E. Tiepolt at (843) 665-4555 X 2199.
Space is limited so call early! Visit the official event website at http://www.Doc60th.com
UPDATE #6 - March 3, 2009Doc 60th Birthday Celebration Ticket Outlets
Log on to the official website: http://www.Doc60th.com
to get a detailed description of the benefits of each ticket level. Tickets costs for all the event activities and admission are:
Children General Admission - $6
General and Advance Admission - $16
Reserved Seating - $26
Gold VIP - $60
Platinum VIP (Includes Cruise) - $160
Cruise (Friday, April 24) - $60Outlets
Beverly Hines (By-Mail
) â€“ (252) 670-7093
(also to pay for limousine ride and to participate on the program)Florence, SC
â€“ Ray Poston; (843) 669-3871Lake City, SC
â€“ Brownâ€™s Concessions: Theresa & Jerry Brown â€“ (843) 394-9575Sumter, SC
â€“ Imports of Sumter; (803) 773-1908Lake City, SC
â€“ Lavelleâ€™s Diner; (843) 374-3186Manning, SC
(Ernest Pearson) â€“ (803) 316-0464Bennettsville, SC
(Flossie Boyd Johnson) â€“ (803) 428-7281Macon, Georgia
(Lola Strange) â€“ (478) 357-0396Atlanta, GA
(Donna Love) - (404) 552--4455If you live out of state, you can order your tickets by mail by contacting
Fan Base Administrator, Beverly Hines who will process your ticket order by mail.
Update #5 - March 2, 2009Log on to http://www.Doc60th.com and sign the Guest Book!
Be sure to log on to the official event website: http://www.Doc60th.com
and sign the
Guest Book! Your entry and well wishes will appear in the event program souvenir book.
To be included in the book, your entry must be submitted by March 15th!
Update # 4 â€“ February 20, 2009WANTED! Doc fans to participate in event!
Join in the fun and festivities at Doc McKenzieâ€™s upcoming 60th Birthday celebration. Doc McKenzie is welcoming his fans, family and friends to share in the fun at his upcoming birthday celebration.
The event will include classic quartet sounds and Doc has selected special gifts to give away to show his appreciation, but the celebration will also have fans, family and friends on the program! There will be games and activities throughout the evening that Doc wants everyone to enjoy.
Here is your opportunity to get in on the funâ€¦Log on to the official website: http://www.Doc60th.com
and read more specific information, but you can be in the line-up to either sing a solo, have your group sing, or sing in the choir of fans! You must register by March 15, 2009! The program is being developed now, and Doc would really like to have you or your group on the line-up! Call Beverly Hines today to register at (252) 670-7093.
Also, you can log on to the website: http://www.Doc60th.com
to register for:
- A Tour of Docâ€™s Hometown of Olanta, SC and Luncheon at the World Famous Thunderbird Restaurant on Friday, April 24, 2009.
- The Dinner Cruise from Myrtle Beach on SunCruz Ship (you must be 18 years or older). All attendees will receive a special gift designed by Doc!
- The Limousine ride with Doc to the event, and dinner after the event with Doc!
The deadline for registration of all activities and events is March 15, 2009! This is your opportunity to help Doc McKenzie create memories of his 60th Birthday, that will last a lifetimeâ€¦ REGISTER TODAY!
Update #3 - February 13, 2009"Here's the program information you've been waiting for!"
Well, here it is! The information family, fans and friends have been waiting for!
The upcoming 60th Birthday celebration for Quartet music legend, Mr. Doc McKenzie scheduled for two days; April 24-25, 2009 in Florence, SC is going to be the most exciting gathering this year! You can now view the two-day event flier and sign the Guestbook on the official website: http://www.Doc60th.com
Doc has prayerfully selected the biblical verse Job 33:4 as his theme: â€œThe spirit of God has made me. The breath of the Almighty gives me life
â€. He wanted to make sure that everyone knew that he acknowledges the existence of God in his life, and that without God he is nothing.
Rocky Mount, NC prolific radio and television host Evangeline Bullock
, of Shine A Little Light productions, will serve as the Mistress of Ceremonies during the musical event, scheduled for 6 p.m., on Saturday, April 25, 2009. The musical will feature top rated Quartet artists: Spencer Taylor & The Highway QCâ€™s, Tommy Ellisonâ€™s Legendary Singing Stars, The Swanee Quintet and David Harrisonâ€™s Bells of Joy
After Fridayâ€™s Dinner Cruise (you must be 18 years or older to board the vessel), the musical scheduled for Saturday is going to be loaded with surprises. Doors will open at 4:30 p.m., and beginning at 6 p.m., come expecting laughter, praise and songs. The Event Planning Committee has worked tirelessly to create a celebration that will engage the audience in Doc McKenzieâ€™s Birthday celebration.
There are affordable tickets to this event for everyone: Advance and General Admission is $16. Reserved seating is $26. Gold VIP seating is $60, and Platinum Priority VIP seating is limited to only 50 people and is $160, and will include a personally selected gift tote bag full of gifts and treats from Doc McKenzie!.
If you are unable to attend, and want to send Mr. Doc McKenzie Birthday well wishes, you may send mail to: Doc McKenzie, P.O. Box 813, Lake City, SC 29560
For more information, and to order tickets, call: (843) 536-0212, (252) 670-7093 or (973) 477-7196.
Update #2 â€“ February 9, 2009Come Cruise the Atlantic Ocean on SunCruz for Docâ€™s 60th Birthday!
This is an open invitation to join Doc McKenzie on Friday, April 24, 2009 as he celebrates his 60th Birthday onboard the SunCruz ship in historic Myrtle Beach, SC. All guests coming onboard as a guest of Doc McKenzie will receive a special gift from Doc for the cruise!
Doc wants his family, fans and friends to join him aboard one of the four decks of the SunCruz ship on Friday, April 24th for a delicious meal, live entertainment and adult-oriented fun and games. The SunCruz ship can hold 600 people, and is an American Flagged Vessel with an all American crew and was built in 1992. Onboard the ship patrons also have the option of enjoying table games and competitive slots.
All Platinum Priority VIP tickets purchased for the musical on Saturday, April 25 will receive the SunCruz as part of their purchase. The cost for purchasing the cruise separately is $60, and will include all necessary port fees and taxes.
Passports are not necessary for the cruise, but everyone must have government issued identification to board the ship. The boat will depart the Little River dock off Myrtle Beach at 7 p.m and is scheduled to return around Midnight. We are recommending the Holiday Inn Little River, SC (843) 281-9400, for those who want to stay in the area after the cruise. Ground transportation to the dock and back to the hotel will be provided.
For more information or to order your tickets call Hi-Lites Ministries Fan Base Administrator, Beverly Hines at (252) 670-7093.
UPDATE #1 - February 1, 2009Platinum Priority VIP Tickets now include Dinner Cruise!
We are pleased to announce, that for all the fans who are interested in purchasing the PLATINUM PRIORITY VIP ticket ($160) to Doc McKenzie's 60th Birthday celebration, in addition to your name on a front row seat with an embroidered seat cushion, a VIP gift bag that will include a keepsake CD, Memory Book, a selection of keepsake gifts from Doc McKenzie, snack foods, and a cake and punch reception - the Dinner Cruise on Friday, April 24, 2009 from Myrtle Beach is now included in the price!
For a full list of ticket holder benefits, please log on to http://www.Doc60th.com
Greetings Doc McKenzie & The Hi-Lites fans and supporters,
The word has been circulating and my phone can't stop ringing. The excitement is in the air!
On behalf of Doc McKenzie & The Hi-Lites I want to inform you of some good news that we hope will also excite you. We want to extend to you an "exclusive opportunity" to participate in Doc McKenzie's 60th Birthday Celebration which will certainly be the event of the year, April 24-25, 2009.
See the official event itinerary on http://www.Doc60th.com
. We will kick-off the celebration on Friday, April 24, 2009 with a guided tour by Doc McKenzie of his hometown (Olanta, SC) and a private luncheon at the world famous Thunderbird Restaurant in Florence, SC. On the eve of the 24th, join Doc on a Dinner Cruise off the Atlantic shores in Myrtle Beach, SC. On Saturday, April 25, 2009 Doc will be accompanied to the event along with a select group of loyal fans via a charter limousine. The musical line-up will include solos, duets, groups and a mass choir of some of Doc's most supportive fans. National artists for the evening will include: Spencer Taylor & The Highway QC's, The Swanee Quintet, Tommy Ellison's Legendary Singing Stars, Baltimore, Maryland's Bells of Joy and Doc McKenzie & The Hi-Lites. All attendees can expect to participate in fun games and activities throughout the evening! Doc has selected some special gifts for his VIP guests....
Because you have been a loyal Hi-Lites fan and supporter, you are being offered the opportunity to pre-purchase your tickets for the events and pre-register to participate in the activities. You must act swiftly because slots are LIMITED for each activity and once the limit has been reached that activity will be closed. Make your decision on which type of tickets you want and also what activities you would like to participate in.
You can contact me at (252) 670-7093 or visit the official birthday website: http://www.Doc60th.com
to make arrangements for your tickets and to register to participate in the activities. We want Doc's 60th Birthday Celebration to be the event of his life - and YOU can help to make this happen. Reserve your slot on the program, pre-purchase your tickets and bring a friend along with you. Let's all show Doc love and appreciation for his forty years of labor in the gospel music industry by supporting his 60th Birthday Celebration.
Continue to visit the website http://www.Doc60th.com
for up-to-date information.... Be sure to submit your email contact so we can put you in our database to receive information hot off the press!
Fan Base Administrator
Hi-Lites Music Ministries