Last fall the United Way of Elizabethton/Carter County hit its campaign fundraising goal for the first time in 12 years, raising more than $145,000 for eight nonprofit health and human service organizations serving Carter County residents. This year the goal has been upped to $156,000 and Campaign Chairman Dale Fair is out to “make it two,” as in $200,000 and two consecutive years over the fundraising goal.
The campaign officially kicked off Aug. 6 with 18 percent of the goal already raised through a couple of successful fundraising events and early pace-setting drives conducted at Sycamore Shoals Hospital, Carter County Bank and each of the nine agencies that will benefit from this year’s fundraising. United Way director Debbie Guy said there has already been a lot of support for the campaign this year and more is expected with today’s playing of the first United Way Par 3 Golf Tournament at Elizabethton Golf Course.
The $60 entry fee includes a catered lunch by Creekers barbecue, a golf cart, a chance at 18 hole in one prizes including four $10,000 cash prizes, and a shot at a post tournament putting competition with a $2,500 grand prize up for grabs. Registration and lunch will begin at 11 and the select shot, captain’s choice tournament will get under way with a shotgun start at 12:30. The putting competition and a drawing for a large round of door prizes will begin at 5. Teams of four or individual golfers are equally welcome. Proceeds will help the United Way provide support for Adult Day Services, American Red Cross of Northeast Tennessee, Assistance Resource Ministries of Carter County, Boys & Girls of Elizabethton/Carter County, Sequoyah Council of Boy Scouts of America, Contact Ministries, the Elizabethton Seniors Center, the Carter County Neighborhood Service Center and Personal Support Services.
For more information, call Guy at the United Way office at 543-6975. Donations to the United Way of Elizabethton/Carter County may be made by mail to P.O. Box 1715, Elizabethton, TN 37644-1715.
Coalition for Kids will conduct a $10,000 reverse raffle tonight at a tailgate party at Holiday Inn with college football on big screen TV, live music by Lightnin’ Charlie, a silent auction, a tailgate picnic, and a selection of wine and beer.
Tickets for the $10,000 raffle are $100 and include admission to the party and a chance at a series of $125 cash prizes to be awarded to the holders of every 50th ticket pulled from the hat. A maximum of 600 raffle tickets will be sold. About 300 tickets had been sold on Wednesday and Coalition for Kids Director Randy Hensley said organizers will be happy if they hit 400.
The South Carolina Gamecocks’ sold out season opener against the North Carolina Tar Heels will be playing on the big screen. Music will be provided by the award winning blues artist Lightnin’ Charlie. And TV news anchorman Josh Smith will be serving as master of ceremonies.
For those who wish to attend the party without entering the raffle, admission is $35 and includes a tailgate smorgasbord of hamburgers, hotdogs, potato salad, coleslaw, fruit, vegetables, cheese and other assorted snacks, desserts and drinks including complimentary wine and beer. Tickets will be available at the door beginning at 6 p.m. or may be purchased in advance by calling the coalition at 434-2031.
Silent auction items will include ticket packages for the 2014 NASCAR races at Bristol Motor Speedway, an overnight stay at the Wilderness of the Smokies with passes for the resort’s indoor water park, passes to the Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge, weekend passes to Bristol’s Rhythm & Roots festival, autographed sports memorabilia, golf packages and more.
All proceeds will go to Coalition For Kids to help impact the lives of more than 350 children who take part daily in its faith-based after-school and evening mentoring programs. For more information about the coalition, visit www.coalitionforkids.org or www.facebook.com/Coalition4Kids.
The Lamar Ruritan will host a two-day garage sale to help Honor Flight of Northeast Tennessee take its next troop of local World War II veterans on a complimentary tour of the nation’s war memorials Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the club building at 108 Charlie Parker Road in Jonesborough.
Club member Dara Miller said donations for the sale items have been generous and by Friday morning the club building will be full and overflowing with toys, knickknacks, clothing, tools, furniture and other used treasures. Club members will also be selling hotdogs, chips and drinks to help the next Honor Flight trip to Washington. Monetary donations for the trip will be collected. And for others who wish to join in, booth space outside the building is still available and may be reserved for $10 a day by calling Miller at 948-9104.
If there is a need or a project in your neighborhood the Good Neighbor column can assist with, contact Sue Guinn Legg at firstname.lastname@example.org, P.O. Box 1717, Johnson City, TN 37605 1717 or 929-3111, ext. 335.