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ADFA hosts magic show for the second time

Magician Matt Dunn will bring his mix of magic and comedy back to Worthington Wednesday at 7 p.m. at St. Mary’s Church. Submitted photo

WORTHINGTON — It could be said that the efforts of All Day FORE Africa (ADFA) are making magic in Rwanda.

On Wednesday, it will be bring a little magic — and comedy — to Worthington.

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Matt Dunn, a Minneapolis magician, will perform a blend of magic and comedy at 7 p.m. Wednesday at St. Mary’s Church, 1221 Seventh Ave. This will be Dunn’s second time presenting his family-friendly show in this community.

“For people who say they don’t like magic shows, this is the show for you,” Dunn said.

Dunn encourages folks to bring their kids, teenagers and grandkids to the show.

“Even teenagers who say they hate magic shows, or think they’re not cool, I promise this is the show for them to go to,” Dunn said.

The show includes animals, as well as what Dunn describes as unique magic mixed with a few laughs.

“This is more than just a magic show, and it’s entertaining for all ages,” Dunn explained. “Recently I heard someone say that it’s like the ‘Shrek’ movies — entertaining and suitable for kids, but the adults are laughing right along.”

Dunn performs for many businesses and organizations, as well as private shows, and does up to 300 shows each year.

There will be food and concessions available before the show at 6 p.m.

ADFA, a charity founded in 2010 by Kate Lesnar, the daughter of Jim and Kathy Lesnar of Worthington, is presenting the event primarily as a thank-you to its contributors — though it is also a fundraiser.

“This isn’t a major fundraiser for us,” said Kathy Lesnar. “It’s more to celebrate all the work the kids have done, and to have fun.”

ADFA raises money by organizing fun events to collect money for the children of Africa.

“The money raised at the show will go towards the mission trip that we are taking in June to the Medical Center in Kibeho, Rwanda, to give vaccinations to 700 kids, and we will be implementing our prayer partnership,” Kathy Lesnar said.

Last year, ADFA raised $3,000 at the magic show that went toward the Medical Center.

ADFA believes children from around the world have a lot to learn from one another, and that one child’s talent may inspire another. That’s why ADFA organizes events for kids to show off their talents, while collecting money for the children of Africa.

In 2011-2012, ADFA events took place across the country in California, Nebraska, Pennsylvania and Minnesota. “This is a great show, and Dunn is so entertaining,” Kathy Lesnar said. “Overall, it’s a fun and amazing night for anyone who attends, and it’s a way for us to give back to all of the people who have helped and supported ADFA.”

Tickets for the show are available for purchase at Ax Photo in Worthington, St. Mary’s Church and at the door.

Daily Globe Reporter Erin Trester may be reached at 376-7322.

Erin Trester
Erin Trester is the crime and city reporter for the Daily Globe. She's a native of Lewiston, MN, but moved to Buffalo, NY to attend college and obtained her bachelor's degree in Communications. She started at the Western New York Catholic Newspaper as a reporter in Buffalo, but in October 2013 she returned to her home state to start with the Daily Globe. Most of her spare time is taken up by her 13-year-old thoroughbred named Faith, but some of her other hobbies include reading, fishing and spending time with friends and family. 
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