CASA benefit golf tourney gets boost
Sue Guinn Legg
Aug 15, 2013 at 10:59 AM
Court Appointed Special Advocates of Northeast Tennessee’s eighth annual benefit golf tournament has been designated a round-one qualifier for The Big Tournament, the world’s largest amateur charity golf tournament, to play out Nov. 21-22 in Las Vegas.Top players in the CASA tournament set for Monday at Johnson City Country Club will advance to a regional qualifier for The Big Tournament and the opportunity it offers amateur golfers to bring home a $10,000 cash prize for the charity they represent.Registration will begin at 11 a.m. Monday and the four-person, scramble-format tournament will get under way with a shotgun start at noon. CASA is encouraging all those who wish to play to rally their friends to help raise $400 to help CASA provide trained volunteers to serve as court-appointed advocates to local children who have been abused or neglected. But here’s the kicker — for any golfer who raises a minimum of $100 for CASA, the entry fee is free.U.S. Rep. Phil Roe, R-1st, will be there Monday morning to say a few words in support of CASA’s work in the Northeast Tennessee region. Friendship Hyundai will award a car for a tournament hole-in-one. Door prizes will be awarded. And the benefit will wrap up with a round of chip and putt lessons with the country club’s pro and children from the Rise Up! afterschool and mentoring program who have never had the opportunity to visit the country club or learn to play golf from its pro. To register or for information on sponsorship opportunities still available for the tournament, call CASA at 461-3500 or email Leslie Dalton at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the work of CASA volunteers, visit www.casanetn.org. And for information on The Big Tournament and its regional qualifiers, visit www.biggesttournament.com. The Johnson City Salvation Army Corps Women’s Auxiliary is up to something new. With the consolidation of the corps’ thrift store operations at the former Food City location on South Roan Street, the biannual Salvation Army garage sales that for many years raised upward of $25,000 for local Salvation Army services were sidelined.To restore those extra dollars, the auxiliary members who for many years put their hearts, their backs and their hand-me-down treasures into making the sales a success have had to get creative.Their solution: The Johnson City Salvation Army Festival of Tables, a benefit tea to include a buffet dinner and silent auction, beginning at 4 p.m. Aug. 24 at Holiday Inn, 101 W. Springbrook Drive.The auxiliary members and their most gracious friends have stepped up to serve as the hostesses of 40 individual tables, each set with the volunteers’ personal china and stemware and decorated in a theme of her personal choosing. Doors will open at 4:30 p.m. for a preview of the tables and a preview of some attractive silent auction items, including an original painting of the 1908 railroad overpass on Knob Creek Road and the building that stood beside it through years long gone by, season tickets to Barter Theatre, a couple of Brighton and Vera Bradley purses and an overnight suite, dinner for two and admission to Comedy Zone at Holiday Inn.While this year’s festival will be the trial run for the benefit, Salvation Army Captain Fallyn Garrison, who will also be among the hostesses, said it’s something the auxiliary hopes to bring back annually.Tickets are $25 and may be picked up at the Salvation Army’s offices at 204 W. Walnut St. For more information about the festival, call 926-2101.With the opening of the new nonprofit One Acre Cafe looming, excitement is building and a $50,000 fundraising drive is on to get the cafe off to a healthy start.Renovations to the cafe, where everyone will eat regardless of their ability to pay, are nearly complete. And with a soft opening planned for September and a grand opening in October, the cafe’s volunteer board of directors and its growing base of supporters are working to raise $50,000 to ensure the cafe’s stability through its first six months of operation.With a reminder that gifts to the cafe will help provide not only farm-to-table meals but a fine dining experience to everyone in the community regardless of their means, One Acre Cafe this week put out a challenge to each of its more than 1,200 Facebook followers for help by visiting the cafe’s Facebook page and clicking on its PayPal link to make a donation of any amount. For those who aren’t on Facebook, tax-deductible donations may be made by mail to One Acre Cafe, P.O. Box 3411, Johnson City, TN, 37602.A contribution of $20 will cover the cost of serving a fresh, healthy meal to a family of four that has volunteered an hour’s work in the cafe for their meal and a welcoming cafe environment.For more information on the cafe’s progress, visit One Acre Cafe on Facebook or call Executive director Jan Orchard at 833-8033 or Cafe Administrator Michelle Watts at 218-7900.If there is a need or a project in your neighborhood the Good Neighbor column can assist with, contact Sue Guinn Legg at email@example.com, P.O. Box 1717, Johnson City, TN 37605 1717 or 929-3111, ext. 335.