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Weekend delivers entertaining opportunities to do a little good

Sue Guinn Legg • Oct 31, 2018 at 10:14 PM

Halloween may be over, but the fun will continue as the first weekend of November arrives with a bag full of fun, entertaining and tasty ways to do a little good.

The lineup includes a Saturday afternoon run on the Tweetsie Trail followed by a barbecue dinner to give local charities a boost; a Saturday night masquerade ball at King Center to help abused and neglected children; and a Sunday afternoon concert by some of Northeast Tennessee’s best-loved musicians to help homeless families with children get back on their feet.

Sunday’s annual Songfest concert will begin at 3 p.m. at University Parkway Baptist Church.

It’s the largest fundraiser of the year for the Family Promise network of more than 50 Johnson City area churches that work together to helps homeless parents with children regain their independence.

The new and largest venue yet for the 14-year-old benefit is being provided by one of Family Promise’s own host churches, whose members wanted to expand their assistance to the network beyond the temporary shelter and support services they provide for homeless families.

Five area businesses have teamed up to sponsor the concert so admission is free and 100 percent of all donations collected will go to the network.

And the featured performers, including Carson Peters & Iron Mountain, Ed Snodderly and friends and East Tennessee State University’s Rambling Serenaders, are all lending their talents to what is expected to be one of the most successful fundraisers in the event’s history.

In addition to a great concert, Family Promise Executive Director Bob Hall said guests will also have an opportunity to learn more about how dozens of area churches, hundreds of volunteers and the Family Promise staff help families who have become homeless re-establish their independence.

Saturday night at The Venue in downtown Johnson City, Court Appointed Special Advocates of Northeast Tennessee is inviting everyone to dress up for a sit-down dinner with drinks and dancing that will help put abused and neglected children in three area counties on their way to safe new homes.

CASA’s annual Red Shoe Masquerade is a dress-up affair in the style of the Wizard of Oz heroine Dorothy and the ruby red slippers that helped her get home. Cocktail attire, red shoes and a mask are encouraged, and anyone in full costume will have a chance at going home a prize winner.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the dinner starts at 6:30. Tickets are $70, and all proceeds will help recruit and train volunteer advocates to investigate the circumstances and find the best home placements for abused and neglected children in Washington, Unicoi and Greene counties.

For tickets or more information, call 423-461-3500 or email [email protected]

Saturday afternoon, the third-annual S’mores Run on the Tweetsie Trail will give everyone a chance to get outdoors to enjoy the fall colors, the smell of campfires, the taste of roasted marshmallows and the satisfaction of helping area nonprofits help those who are less fortunate.

Organized by the Goose Chase, the race will start at 4 p.m. at the Tweetsie Trailhead on Legion Street.

It’s 3.5-miler, or a little longer than a 5K, that can be walked, run, skipped or strolled at the participant’s pleasure for an entry fee of $30 online at thegoosechase.org through Friday, Nov. 2, or $35 on the day of the race.

The Smokehouse BBQ Company, located just off the trail at 1941 Milligan Highway, will host a S’mores Extravaganza following the race with music, campfires, marshmallow roasting and a special $10 meal deal, from which a portion of the proceeds will also go to local charities. Other menu options and beer will be available for purchase.

For more information about the race, contact Karen Hubbs at 423-946-0519 or [email protected]

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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