Donations secure special sports chair for young tennis fan

Sue Guinn Legg • Apr 4, 2013 at 10:40 AM

Emma Stacy, the 9-year-old Colonial Heights girl with spina bifida and a passion for tennis, will soon have the special sports chair she needs.

Thanks to Janie Whittimore, owner of Sincerely Chocolate in Johnson City who donated a portion of her Easter sales, to the many individual contributors who mailed in contributions to Sincerely Chocolate, and to the residents of Appalachian Christian Village who raised $700 in an Easter lily sale for Emma, the drive netted a grand total of $3,100.

The $3,000 chair that Emma’s mom Erica said will allow her to turn 180 degrees on a dime, was ordered from Carr Rehab in Knoxville on Tuesday and will arrive in four to six weeks. The extra $100 will be used for extra time with Emma’s tennis coach, Greg Lumb of InsideOut Tennis.

Emma picked the chair’s colors — silver with fire engine red wheels, and is “ready and raring to go,” her mom said. “Thank you doesn’t even really cover how blessed we feel by how many people who helped out. ... My family and I are completely blown away with the outpouring of support! God has truly blessed us.”

Looking forward to the chair’s arrival around Emma’s 10th birthday on May 15, Whittimore said, “She will be so thrilled. ... Thank you. God bless.”

Mountain Music Fest, the annual bluegrass benefit for Adult Day Services’ that for its first six years played to sold-out crowds at the theater at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center at Mountain Home, will be held Friday evening at the Kingsport Civic Auditorium, beginning at 7.

Now in its eighth edition and its second year at the Civic Auditorium, this year’s concert will feature the The Boxcars, the International Bluegrass Music Association’s 2012 Instrumental Group of the Year, Adam Steffey, the IBMA’s Mandolin 2012 Player of the Year, and the VW Boys, whose newest CD mix of “music, magic and comedy” was released in February.

Tickets are $15 and may be purchased at the door or in advance at any Bank of Tennessee or Carter County Bank location. Proceeds will help Adult Day Services provide daily care, meals, life-enhancing activities and transportation for seniors and adults with disabilities in Carter, Greene, Sullivan, Washington and Unicoi counties who need a safe place to stay while their loved ones and caregivers work, attend school and tend to other needs.

For more information about the concert or Adult Day Services, call 928-8855.

Supporters of the Rise Up! after-school and youth-mentoring program will stage their annual Run the Gump 5K for summer camp scholarships for kids whose families otherwise could not afford a quality summer camp on Saturday morning, beginning at 9 at Civitan Park on Broadway Street.

The benefit road race through the Gump Addition will begin and end at the park, where giant inflatable attractions and free fun activities for children, including an Easter Egg hunt and a Big Wheel race, will be available throughout the morning.

Now in its fifth year, the 5K drew more than 400 runners last year and Rise Up’s goal is to add to that number on Saturday. Andy Malcolm, director of programs for Rise Up! said the event gives families the opportunity to exercise and have fun together while serving others by providing opportunities for kids who otherwise would not have the chance to go to camp.

Run the Gump is a USA Track and Field certified race and will be timed by We Run Events. The race is also open to walkers, children and pets, and T-shirts, cash prizes and medals will be presented to participants as well as winners.

The 5K registration fee is $25. For more information, visit www.RiseUpForKids.com/events or call 423-610-1242.

The Johnson City Elks Lodge will host a benefit spaghetti supper for the Safe Passage Domestic Violence shelter Saturday beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the lodge at 208 N. Boone St. Pasta and sauce and a selection of wines will be available as the Elks transform their lodge into an Italian Bistro.

“Elks have a long tradition of service to the community and this is another program we heartily support,” Exalted Ruler Stephanie Radford said. Last year the Safe Passage assisted more than 500 local women, men and children who were in need of temporary shelter and assistance starting their lives over because of physical abuse in their homes.

Tickets for the benefit are $20 per person or $30 per couple. Seating will be limited For reservations or more information, call 534-4731 or 791-4804.

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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