By Chad Frey
Newton Kansan
@ChadFrey

Curtis the Mentalist will headline a night of entertainment called “Sweetheart Banquet and Variety Show,” a fundraiser for Kansas Honor Flight from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 9 at Newton Christian Church, 201 Southport Drive.

“We have an amazing lineup of entertainment,” said Bill Richter, an event organizer.

Curtis the Mentalist is Curtis Waltermire of Wichita, who began entertaining with magic and mentalism in the mid-1980s in his hometown of St. Joseph, Illinois.

Curtis studied theatre, acting, and speech communications during  college where he starred in a number of productions.  He is an eight-year, U.S. Army Persian Gulf-Era veteran and his oldest daughter served four years in the U.S. Marines.  He eventually dropped out of college and the military to pursue a career in the entertainment field.

In addition to his traveling one-man mind reading after dinner show, Curtis Waltermire makes his living also as an speaker for various corporate and educational groups, and as an actor in television commercials, industrial film and ads for online distribution.

In addition to Waltermire, Angel Feet Dancers, David Vogel, ventriloquist Greg Classen and magician Shawn Reida will all perform during the evening. A lasagna dinner will be served during the event. There will also be a photo booth and a Valentine basket raffle.

The night is a fund-raiser for Kansas Honor Flight, which sends veterans from Kansas to Washington D.C. for a tour of the nation's capital, war memorials and events to honor their service. There is no cost to the veteran for the trip.

There are currently 640 veterans — two from WWII, four from the Korean conflict and 630 from the Vietnam war — waiting for their trip.

The organization is currently seeking table sponsors for the Sweetheart Banquet and Variety Show. Tickets for the show are $50, which include four raffle tickets. For more information or for table sponsorship, call Bill Richter at 316-803-2857 or Let DeMayo at 316-841-5618. Tickets can be purchased in advance at kansashonorflight.org.