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United Way night of stand-up to help fight child hunger

Sue Guinn Legg • Mar 6, 2019 at 10:24 PM

In a continuation of its efforts to make a greater impact, the United Way of Washington County is inviting the community to a night of stand-up comedy to help combat local child hunger.

Dubbed “Stand Up for Child Hunger,” the night at the mic with comedian Shawn Reynolds as the evening’s headliner is set for Saturday, March 23, at DoubleTree Hotel.

Tickets are $25 and include admission, a dessert bar and non-alcoholic beverages. A cash bar will be available.

In addition to laughs with Reynolds and another comedian lined up to open the show, the night will include a silent auction. And all of the proceeds will be going to pay for gas and a driver for what will be an all-new road trip for the United Way.

To help about 300 Washington County school children whose families struggle to keep them fed through the 10-week summer break from classes, the United Way has struck up a partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank’s Summer Feeding Program for kids.

A 14-passenger van donated to the United Way by Atmos Energy is is being outfitted to join the food bank’s Lunch Express Bus program on weekday runs into rural neighborhoods where kids don’t have access to summer feeding sites.

Atmos is having the bus wrapped with United Way’s colors and logos and before it hits the road, the United Way will host a public unveiling.

The community will be invited to donate new and used books for an onboard library that will help keep Lunch Express Bus kids reading over their summer break.

United Way President and CEO Kristan Ginnings said the project is being spearheaded by the United Way’s new Energy Leaders Society of young professionals. Their plan is to recruit members of health professions for volunteer ride alongs in which they will be sharing their best health information with the Lunch Express kids.

All of it, Ginnings said, “is another way for us to impact the community and help make a difference through the United Way.” 

The community can play a key role by coming out for a night of laughs March 23 at the DoubleTree.

The hotel is located behind The Mall at Johnson City at 211 Mockingbird Lane. Doors will open at 7 p.m and the show will start at 7:30.

Tickets are limited and may be purchased in advance online at uwowc.org or at the United Way office in Suite 409 of the Hometrust Bank building at 1907 N. Roan St.

More information about the event may be found at the website or may be obtained by calling the United Way at 423-220-1229.

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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