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Coalition for Kids $10,000 reverse raffle and SEC season kickoff to keep momentum going

Sue Guinn Legg • Updated Aug 29, 2018 at 9:59 PM

Coalition for Kids will kick off another year of after-school and evening programming for Johnson City children on Tuesday, Sept. 4.

Newly expanded to two more Johnson City elementary schools, the Coalition will be providing snacks, homework help and a variety of enrichment activities for up to 550 children whose needs have been identified by their teachers this school year, and evening meals for up to 170 of those children.

With room to grow and plans to expand its program to more schools and more children in the future, the coalition will be building on its momentum tonight at its annual Southeastern Conference football season kickoff at Holiday Inn.

The tailgate party and $10,000 reverse raffle with a benefit auction, a smorgasbord of favorite halftime foods and the SEC kickoff game between Texas A&M and Northwestern State on a big screen TV, it is the largest fundraiser of the year for Coalition of Kids. A successful party could bring as much as $100,000 for the Coalition’s future and all football fans are heartily invited to attend.

Raffle tickets are $100 and include free admission to the party. A minimum of 600 raffle tickets will be sold. Every 50th ticket drawn will be a $125 cash prize winner and the $10,000 grand prize will go to the holder of the last ticket drawn.

Only a few raffle tickets remain and will be available at the door. General admission is $30 and good for all the tailgate favorites a football fan can eat and drink, a chance to bid on the dozens of gift packages donated for the auction and to take part in a variety of football-themed games and activities.

It’s a big party with big mission and topping it all is the difference every guest will make in the daily lives of hundreds of local children served by Coalition for Kids.

The party starts at 6 in the Holiday Inn ballroom. For more information about the benefit, call Jan Jacobson at the Coalition at 423-434-2031, ext. 835, or visit Coalition for Kids on Facebook.

There is also still time to help Coalition for Kids and dozens of other local nonprofit programs in the running for grant awards of up to $25,000 that are up for grabs in the First Tennessee Foundation’s 25 Years of Giving Video Contest.

Conducted in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the foundation’s support of nonprofit organizations in the communities where First Tennessee Bank does business, the contest’s public voting period runs through Friday online at firsttennesseefoundation.com

In addition to Coalition for Kids, 38 other nonprofit organizations in the Tri-Cities area are among close to 500 contenders that have submitted videos and are requesting your daily votes.

The top 30 online vote-getters will move on to a panel-judged competition to be conducted in September and the final 25 grant winners will be announced on Oct. 1.

If there is a need or a project in your neighborhood the Good Neighbor column can assist with, contact Sue Guinn Legg at 423-722-0538, [email protected] or P.O. Box 1717, Johnson City, TN 37605.

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