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Brews, blues to help Northeast Tennessee Scouts reach out to underprivileged youths

June 20th, 2013 3:52 pm by Sue Guinn Legg

Brews, blues to help Northeast Tennessee Scouts reach out to underprivileged youths

The Trailblazer District of the Sequoyah Council of Boy Scouts is throwing a Reds, Whites, Brews & Blues benefit to expand the district’s outreach to boys in Tri-Cities area housing developments, after-school programs and rural areas where kids don’t have opportunities to take part in Boy Scouting.

Royce Fox, executive director of the Trailblazer District, said the district was created three years ago to reach out to boys in inner-city and rural areas of the Tri-Cities region with a concentration of low-income families that previously struggled to sustain troops through the model of family involvement that most Boy Scouts troops depend on.

Since its creation, the district has organized 12 Cub Scout troops with paid troop leaders that meet in housing authority developments, Boys & Girls Clubs and after-school program sites in Johnson City, Kingsport, Bristol and Abingdon, Va., and include an estimated 400 boys who previously did not have an opportunity to be involved in Scouts.

“We’ve had requests to bring troops to other locations ... South Central, Greeneville and Elizabethton. We’d love to be able to do that and our hope is that we will do really well with this event and reach out more,” Fox said.

Set for 5-8 p.m. July 20 at the Barn at Boone Falls, located just off Gray Station Road in Boones Creek, the adults only Reds, Whites, Brews and Blues fundraiser will feature live music by the award-winning blues stylists Lightnin’ Charlie and the Upsetters band and unlimited access to a selection of 10 beers and more than 25 wines from One Stop Wines and Liquor.

The event will also feature a variety of food, including barbecue, pizza, Mexican favorites, desserts, soft drinks, lemonade and other non-alcoholic beverages. There also will be a silent auction with a long list of donated items, including a fire pit kit from General Shale Brick valued at more than $500, a golf and lunch package for two from the Johnson City Country Club, wine and cheese caddies, spa packages, boutique gift cards and more.

Every ticketholder will receive a complimentary gift and an entry into a door-prize drawing. No one under the age of 20 will be admitted. Bracelets will be required for admission to the wine and beer tent. Cabs will be provided for those in need of a ride home.

Fox said, like the district itself, the event “is breaking new ground.”

“We have our golf tournament and our annual campaign but we realize to do what we want to do, we need to get more creative with our fundraising.”

Bob McGough, chairman of the Trailblazer District Committee, said, “This event is for the community. We want everyone to be comfortable and we’re having it (at Barn at Boone Falls) because of the comfort this place offers.

“The goal of the Boy Scouts is to serve kids. The be all and end all is to serve as many kids as we can. These are kids who need (Boy Scout) programming more than any other. And we’re just not reaching them.”

For those who would like to help the Trailblazer District, tickets to Reds, Whites, Brews & Blues are $40 and may be purchased online at www.scbsa.org/redswhitesbrewsblues or by calling the Sequoyah Council office at 952-6961.

For others who wish to help, donated items for the auction are still being welcomed, or donations earmarked for Trailblazer District may be made by mail to Sequoyah Council BSA, P.O. Box 3010, Johnson City, TN 37602.

More information about Reds, Whites, Brews & Blues may be obtained by calling McGough at 676-4300 or by emailing Fox at rfox@scbsa.org.      


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