A kickoff to the Southeastern Conference football season, the annual Coalition for Kids Tailgate Party and $10,000 Reverse Raffle will play out from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, at the Johnson City Country Club.
Raffle tickets are $100 and include admission to the tailgate party and a 1-in-800 chance at the $10,000 grand prize or one of 10 $125 cash prizes to be awarded to every 50th ticket drawn.
General admission is $35 and this year will include what the country club promises will be some very special takes on the traditional tailgate foods, a season-opening matchup between Texas State and Texas A&M and vintage SEC games on a big-screen TV.
Live and silent auctions will also be part of the party and this year will include bigger, better and more exciting gifts and gift packages than ever before — a tandem skydiving adventure for four, a weeklong Florida getaway, University of Tennessee skybox tickets, a week of camp at Doe River Gorge, a four-person quail hunt, dinner and an overnight stay at the Martha Washington Inn, Barter Theater tickets, weekend passes to Bristol’s Rhythm & Roots Festival and more.
“Our sponsors are great. The country club has been great. Now ticket sales are a priority,” Coalition for Kids Executive Director Randy Hensley said.
With participation in the coalition’s free, faith-based after-school and evening programs at all-time high of approximately 450 students last school year and United Way funding for its programs down approximately $23,000 going into the new school year, the need for the tailgate’s success is also great.
Hensley said it costs $600 to sponsor a child for one year of Coalition for Kids programming and $23,000 does not come easily. With the coalition in the midst of a growth spurt, adding three new after-school sites last year and looking to add a fourth new site this year, he said, “The key to making this a great success will be selling all the tickets.
“You can pick them up here at the coalition. You can get them online at our website. Or you can call and we can do with a card number over the telephone,” Hensley said.
More ticket information and sneak peaks at the tailgate auction items can be found on the Coalition for Kids Inc. page on Facebook. Tickets can be purchased at www.coalitionforkids.org or by calling the coalition at 423-434-2031.
Second Harvest Food Bank is spreading the word that Tuesday is Food Drive Night at the Appalachian Fair and one of the most exciting opportunities of the year to join the fight against hunger in Northeast Tennessee.
Non-perishable food items are needed and every five items donated will be good for two free rides on the James H. Drew midway, up to eight free rides per family.
Look for the Second Harvest truck between the fair office and the midway and please consider donating any of the following most-needed items: peanut butter, cereal, canned meats, canned soups, fruits and vegetables, boxed dinners, mac and cheese, pasta, rice, dried beans and pasta sauce. The food bank requests no glass containers.
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.