The United Way of Washington County will kick off its annual fall fundraising campaign for 14 area nonprofit service agencies and the Washington County and Johnson City school systems’ shoe and clothing funds on Aug. 26 and next week will host a regional campaign season kickoff celebration for United Way agencies across the Tri-Cities.
Right on time to rev things up for the fundraising in Washington County, UPS and WJ’s Motorcycle Parts and Service will host a United Way Charity Motorcycle Ride on Aug. 20. Registration for the scenic trip to Linville, N.C., and back and for the handful of prizes the ride offers will be held from 10:30-11:30 a.m. in Johnson City’s UPS parking lot, located just off Princeton Road at 2301 Silverdale Drive.
Participants who wish to ride with an escort will pull out at 11 a.m. Riders also may go it alone but to qualify for prizes they must make all the designated stops for each draw of the cards along the way by 3 p.m., including the Mast General Store and Valle Crucis Candy Store in Linville and the final draw at the Shell Roadrunner in Hampton. WJ’s will host a wrap-up party afterward with food, drinks and best hand, worst hand and other prize awards at the shop, located just off Bristol Highway at 3318 Wayfield Drive. The cost of the ride is a $10 United Way donation per hand, although all donations will be welcomed.
United Way of Washington County President & CEO Lester Lattany said the United Way is excited about the event and thankful to UPS and WJ’s for a new opportunity for the motorcycling community to get out and enjoy the day and add their support to agencies that improve lives in Washington County.
Riders in need of more information may call UPS representative Tom Pate at 854-9332 or John Andes at WJ’s Motorcycle Parts and Service at 828-2515.
Bonnie White, coordinator of the city school system’s Homeless Program, got a big response to last week’s request for help getting Cray Brittian, the Science Hill High School football program’s very own “Blind Side” player, off to good start at Virginia Sports Academy. For that she has sent in a big thank you.
For all the those who helped meet all the incidental needs of a hardworking kid who overcame a lifetime of homelessness to graduate high school and move on to VSA with hopes of studying and playing his way into a Division I school football scholarship, White wrote the following. “Has anyone told you how great you are today? Well now they have. I have had more calls than ever. All of the items listed have been pledged. ... You’re the best!”
Well said, because thanks to all of those helpers, Brittian has books, a laptop, contact lenses, size 16 shoes, clothes and bedding to go with the help he’s received on tuition and the personal drive that landed him at VSA. Thanks to White and her request on his behalf, he has an even lager cheering section rooting him on back at home in Johnson City.
My apologies go out this week to Kim Miller, the Unaka Avenue Baptist Church member, veteran and U.S. Postal Service employee preparing for a double lung transplant at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. To help with the expense of the transplant and the months he will be in Nashville for followup care, Miller’s friends at church will host a benefit at Chic-fil-A on Peoples Street on Aug. 23 from 4-7 p.m. All that’s needed for a portion of the proceeds from every meal, drink, side item or party tray sold to go Miller and his family for the expenses they face is to mention the Unaka Avenue Baptist benefit while placing an order.
In a heads up on the benefit included in last week’s column, my big mistake was in reference to Miller’s employment. To set the record straight, Kim Miller is one tough individual. He’s working. And while medical leave will be inevitable for the transplant candidate at some point, Miller is still on the job with the Postal Service.
For those who can’t make it to Chic-fil-A, donations payable to Unaka Avenue Baptist Church earmarked for the Kim Miller Transplant Fund may be made at any Bank of Tennessee location or by mail to Bank of Tennessee, P.O. Box 4980, Johnson City, TN 37602-4980
It’s Miracle Treat Day at Dairy Queen and an especially good day for a Blizzard. For Children’s Miracle Network services at Wellmont Health System hospitals in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia, Dairy Queen locations across the region will donate a minimum of $1 for every Blizzard sold today.
All Miracle Treat Day donations raised in the Tri-Cities region will go to medical equipment, services and treatment for children receiving care at local Wellmont hospitals.