The Norman Transcript

May 11, 2014

June Bug Jam to take over Sooner Theatre

Transcript Staff
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — In its 19th year, June Bug Jam, Transition House Inc.’s annual celebration of recovery and fundraiser, will be at 7 p.m. June 14 at Sooner Theatre. The evening will feature LaDonna Gatlin.

Funds raised will support people working on recovery from mental illness through the programs and services offered through Transition House Inc., a nonprofit agency in Norman that provides transitional living and community outreach programs that help people on their road to recovery from mental illness.

Gatlin was born into a family of entertainers. Her parents’ love of gospel music was the driving force behind them. They sang all over the country. In the early 1970s, Larry Gatlin ventured into Nashville to make his mark in country music and invited Steve, Rudy and LaDonna to join him. In 1976, Larry received a Grammy Award for Country Song of the Year for “Broken Lady.”

According to LaDonna, a funny thing happened on the road to stardom: she got married. Even though she loved making music, she realized she had a different path to follow. So, in 1976, LaDonna said goodbye to a music career.

Primary funding for TH is provided by the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services and United Way of Norman. Other funders include Norman’s Social and Voluntary Services Commission, OEC, Bank of the West and Norman Community Foundation.

JBJ tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and free for children 12 and younger.

For more information, visit thouse.org or call 360-7926.

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