Tickets still available for Fulmer appearance

Sue Guinn Legg • Jan 24, 2013 at 8:57 AM

Tickets are still available for tonight’s Boys & Girls Club dinner with former University of Tennessee football coach Phillip Fulmer.

Set to begin at 6:30 at the Holiday Inn, the dinner will include an address from UT’s national championship coach and entertainment by local country music artist Trey Hensley. Sponsorship tickets are also available and will include a meet and greet with Fulmer to begin at 5:30 at the hotel.

Dinner tickets are $100 per person. Sponsorship tickets are $250 for one person or two for $350. Tickets will be available at the door or may be reserved along with event recognitions for sponsors by calling Robin Crumley at 461-4560, ext. 23, or emailing rcrumley@gokidz.org.

Proceeds will be used to bolster the Boys & Girls Club’s afterschool, summer and athletic programs, and to help with the purchase and/or renovation of a new building for the club.

Financially, January is one of the most difficult months to weather.

It’s time of year when the giving spirit of Christmas catches up with tight monthly budgets. Heating costs are at their height. Contributions that warmly gushed in to charitable organizations at the end of the year suddenly go cold and dry. And much like the people they assist, many nonprofit service agencies find themselves struggling to meet the bills.

Such is the case this month at Good Samaritan Ministries.

On Tuesday, the nonprofit ministry that annually passes along more than $3 million in government grant funding, private contributions and in-kind gifts and services to local people in need shared the following Facebook post to alert the community to its “desperate need” for operational funds:

“This is the lowest time of year for donations. Please pray with us for needs to be met, and if you are led to do so, please give. Even what may seem like a small amount to you will be appreciated. God will take whatever you can give and multiply it.”

Melissa Dixon, administrative assistant for Good Samaritan, said Wednesday, “January and February are traditionally slow months for donations, but we have only had one donation this week. We have grants that will keep our programs going, but we have very little in our operational budget.”

For those who are able to help the ministry, donations earmarked for “operations” may be made online at goodsamjc.org or by mail to P.O. Box 2441, Johnson City, TN 37605.

On a brighter note, Good Samaritan announced this week that it is joining the Aeropostale stores in Johnson City and Kingsport and Dosomething.org in their sixth annual “Teens for Jeans” drive to help homeless and low-income teens in the local area.

Through Feb. 10, used jeans dropped off at the Aeropostale stores at the Kingsport Town Center, formerly the Fort Henry Mall, and The Mall at Johnson City will be good for a 25 percent discount on a new pair of jeans.

To learn more about Teens for Jeans, including how to conduct a school jeans drive, visit www.teensforjeans.org or dosomething.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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