Mullican sale to benefit local nonprofits

Sue Guinn Legg • May 18, 2012 at 4:42 PM

Mullican Flooring is preparing to do something big for the United Way of Washington County.

On Saturday, Mullican will conduct a one-day, factory-direct hardwood flooring sale to benefit the 17 local nonprofit community service agency programs the United Way supports. The sale will be held from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at Mullican’s manufacturing facility at 1109 University Parkway, located directly across West State of Franklin Road from East Tennessee State University.

Large volumes of pre-finished and unfinished flooring in a variety of colors, wood species and grades will be available to the public at prices starting at $1.49 per square foot. Because all proceeds from the sale will go to the nonprofit organizations, purchases will be sales tax-exempt, resulting in an additional 9.75 percent savings for buyers.

Agencies that will benefit from the sale are: Adult Day Services, American Red Cross of Northeast Tennessee, The Arc of Washington County, Boys & Girls Club of Johnson City/Washington County, Coalition for Kids, Contact Ministries, Frontier Health youth programs, Girl Scouts of the Southern Appalachians, Girls Inc. of Johnson City/Washington County, the Interfaith Hospitality Network of Greater Johnson City, the Johnson City Schools Shoe Fund, Keystone Dental Care, the First Tennessee Human Resource Agency’s Personal Support Services program, the Salvation Army, Sequoyah Council Boy Scouts of America, the Volunteer Center and the Washington County Schools Food, Shoe and Clothing Fund.

“We hope that May 19 will be one of the largest fundraising events ever for the United Way of Washington County. Mullican Flooring is extremely excited to conduct this one-day sale for the benefit of our community,” said Mullican President Neil Poland.

United Way President & CEO Lester Lattany called the sale “an incredible double win” for flooring shoppers and for people in need and those at risk in the local community.

“It is really great to know that we continue to live in a community that never stops giving to make positive changes in the human condition,” Lattany said.

Tim Swecker, chairman of this year’s United Way campaign in Washington County, commended Mullican for providing the community “a great opportunity” to support the United Way and its partner agencies and encouraged everyone to take advantage of Saturday’s special sale prices.

Food for the Multitude, a coalition of Elizabethton churches that has been providing weekly meals to Carter County residents in need for the past 27 years, will conduct a fundrasing yard sale Friday and Saturday at Memorial Presbyterian Church, 100 E. F St.

Food for the Multitude’s Saturday morning meals, which for several years have been served at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, have been temporarily suspended since March. They will resume at the new Abortion Alternative and Women’s Center on Judge Don Lewis Road near the National Guard Armory as soon as work is complete on the center’s new kitchen and dining room. The program provides free meals to an average of 250 to 300 people in need every week and is supported entirely by its member churches, private donations and two annual fundraisers, including this week’s yard sale.

The sale will be held from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. on Friday and from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday. For those who wish to help, donations of good used items may be brought to the church Friday or Saturday morning or monetary donations may be made by mail to Food for the Multitude, P.O. Box 1981, Elizabethton, TN 37643.

Rock N Red for Recovery, a free red carpet gala to help launch the new Oxford House of Appalachia, a self-run, self-supporting residential house for women recovering from addictions that will open in Johnson City later this year, will be held Monday evening at the Carnegie Hotel, 1216 W. State of Franklin Road, beginning at 6:30.

Hosted by a group of local businesswomen, the benefit will feature a Summer Beauty Trends presentation and fashion show, a silent auction, live music by the Jane Scarletts, local artisans and vendors, including Ruffles Boutique, Venus & Fur SassyWraps, Congo Bags & Robot Rags, Faces by Ren, Good Fork Farms, Stella & Dot Jewelry, Bella Luna Soaps, Dolly Dolly Oxenfree and Shakti in the Mountains. While the gala is free, tickets will be available for an after-gala party hosted by Earth Fare.

With thousands of locations nationwide, Oxford Houses provide a safe home environment and post-treatment transitional support to help women lay the foundation for a life of sobriety.

For more information about the gala and ongoing efforts to open the house, call Layla Wright at 773-5519 or email laylac.wright@gmail.com. More information about the house can also be found online at the Oxford House Appalachia Facebook page or at www.oxfordhouse.org.

If there is a need or a project in your neighborhood the Good Neighbor column can assist with, contact Sue Guinn Legg at slegg@johnsoncitypress.com, P.O. Box 1717, Johnson City, TN 37605-1717 or 929-3111, ext. 335.

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