Local celebration to aid orphanage

Sue Guinn Legg • Sep 26, 2013 at 8:45 AM

The Johnson City-based Christ Children’s Home Education Fund that is helping build a new orphanage school in war torn Liberia will mark its one-year anniversary this weekend with a community celebration at the Kaycliff Center on Boone Lake. The party will begin at 6 p.m. and include a professionally staged puppet show for children, an African fashion show, music by DJ Dave, dancing and a silent auction of donated gifts to help with the ongoing construction of a new school, dormitories and dining hall under way on the Christ Children’s Home campus near Liberia’s capital city of Monrovia. Admission is free and donations for the building project will be accepted. To help with food preparations, those who plan to attend are asked to RSVP by contacting the education fund’s founders, Adolphus and Nyempu Hall, at their Liberian N&K Specialty Food restaurant and grocery at 1015 E. Unaka Ave., by email at CCHEF44@gmail.com or by calling the diner at 631-6308. The Christ Children’s Home was founded by Nyempu’s father for the many children who were orphaned by Liberia’s violent 15-year civil war. She and her husband launched the foundation here in August 2012 to help the home move from its tiny inner city location to a spacious new campus just outside Monrovia. “We established this mission last year on Aug. 28 to foster a Christian-based education for orphans who are the by-products of the 15-year civil war that took place in Liberia,” Aldophus said. “This (celebration) is free to thank the community for helping us.” The Kaycliff reception center is located on the lake at 212 Spurgeon Gap Road in Gray, just off Tenn. Highway 36 near the Tenn. Highway 75 intersection. A benefit motorcycle ride through the mountains of Southwest Virginia will be held Sunday to help the family of a Bristol woman with terminal brain cancer. Sign-in will begin at 1 p.m. and riders will depart at 2 from the parking lot of Atlas Honda, located at 2377 Lee Highway, near Exit 5 of Interstate 81 in Bristol, Va. The entry fee is a minimum donation of $10 per bike. All proceeds will go to the family of Carrie Kimery to help with expenses. First diagnosed with brain cancer at age 11, Kimey successfully battled a series of serious medical conditions through her teens and early 20s. Now in her early 30s, she was diagnosed with glioblastoma, a very aggressive form of tumorous brain cancer, last fall. Chemotherapy to slow the cancer’s growth was stopped and hospice care was initiated last week after doctors discovered more tumors and deemed the treatments ineffective. For those who can’t make the ride, donations to the “Michael Kimery account for Carrie Kimery” may be made at any First Tennessee Bank location. For more information about the ride, call Judy Epperson at 571- 2372 or Atlas Honda at 669-6666. The Community Help Center of Northeast Tennessee will host its fourth annual benefit golf tournament Oct. 4 at the Crossing Golf Club in Fall Branch. Founded in 2005 by Jonesborough area churches, the help center provides emergency help to low-income individuals and families in the rural areas surrounding Jonesborough who are without convenient access to other service ministries, including supplemental food, clothing and school supplies, assistance with medical bills, rent and utilities, human services referrals and more. The tournament entry fee is $50 per golfer and includes lunch and a chance at cash prizes and other tournament awards. To register, call the Crossing Golf Club at 788-0050 or Arthur Deyton at 440-1913. Hole sponsorships are $100 and may be obtained by calling the Help Center at 788-0050. If there is a need or a project in your neighborhood the Good Neighbor column can assist with, contact Sue Guinn Legg at slegg@johnsoncity? press.com? , P.O. Box 1717, Johnson City, TN 37605 1717 or 929-3111, ext. 335.

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