WISNER — Ask any fans of the daytime soap opera, “General Hospital,” who the son of Luke and Laura is and they will tell you it’s Lucky Spencer.
In real life, he is the five-time Daytime Emmy Award-winning actor Jonathan Jackson.
He’s now starring in the primetime television series titled “Nashville,” as has landed roles in a number of movies.
What they may not know is they’ll have an opportunity to purchase personal Jonathan Jackson memorabilia at a fundraiser this week in Wisner.
Tickets for the Fall Harvest Festival are currently on sale for the Sunday, Nov. 4, event. The fundraiser, planned to benefit a new chapel renovation project at the Wisner Care Center, will feature a prime rib dinner, martini bar and mystery dinner theater with live musical entertainment.
A long list of Jackson memorabilia will be sold at auction during the evening, including signed copies of “General Hospital” scripts and “Nashville” photographs, along with souvenir clothing and other items.
In addition, signed music CDs of Jackson’s band, Enation, will also be available, plus other celebrity items.
Jackson has a double connection to Wisner and Beemer. His great-grandparents, Grover and Esther Sharp, were longtime Beemer residents. His aunt, Janet Sharp, is an employee of the Wisner Care Center, and approached Jackson about donating some items for the auction.
“He said he was so grateful and happy to be able to help,” Sharp said about her nephew.
The evening’s entertainment will include a murder mystery, written by Paul Perske of David City.
Suspects will include four local clergy, the Revs. James Carretto, Phil Fischer, Dale Topp and Joseph Wray, all of Wisner. As they give their alibis, each will try to convince theatergoers about his innocence.
“Everybody’s going to believe a pastor, aren’t they?” said LaVonne Harrom, Wisner Care Center administrator.
Harrom said it’s been a challenge for clergy to fit 30 to 40 Wisner Care residents and guests in the current chapel space for church services, hymn sings and memorial services. The need for a larger chapel was originally defined by nursing home personnel several years ago, Harrom said, and a number of fundraisers have been held to raise money for a larger chapel since that time.
The number of residents needing wheelchairs and other assistive devices has grown through the years, said Arianne Conley, director of nursing.
Currently the space is divided from the remainder of the care center by a fabric curtain, although on many occasions seating extends into the hallway. The proposed chapel will be divided by solid doors from the remainder of the care center, eliminating noise and space problems.
The cost of the chapel renovation is estimated at $250,000. To date, about half of that amount — $112,000 — has been raised, led by a committee made up of community representatives, care center staff and a representative from the Wisner City Council.
Although the City of Wisner owns and operates the Wisner Care Center, the funds for the expansion are being raised independent of the City.
A complete listing of items up for auction is available on the Web site, wisnercarecenter.com.
Tickets may be purchased through the site or by calling the Wisner Care Center at 529-3286. Bids may also be placed for auction items by calling the Care Center and asking for LaVonne Harrom or Arianne Conley.