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Bluff City to raise funds for children's program

January 29th, 2012 10:26 pm by J. H. Osborne

BLUFF CITY — In what is planned as the first of several fund-raising events for a Boys and Girls Club program in Bluff City, dozens of donated items — from Dollywood tickets to restaurant and hotel gift cards or vouchers — will be auctioned this week.


The host location, La Campina restaurant in Piney Flats, also will be donating a percentage of all food sales during the event, scheduled for 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday.


The Bluff City Board of Mayor and Aldermen (BMA) has pledged $50,000 in town funding toward the $100,000 needed to fund the first year of the Bluff City Unit of the Boys & Girls Club of Bristol.


Supporters hope to raise the other $50,000 through private donations and fund-raisers like this one, said Bluff City Aldermen Sheena Cornwell, who is serving as Bluff City Unit board president.


Cornwell said the target opening date for the program, which initially will serve elementary school age children, is Aug. 15.


But the entire $100,000 must be in place by June 30, according to the Bluff City Unit board’s agreement with the Boys & Girls Club of Bristol.


An estimated 65 to 70 children will participate in the Bluff City Unit during the first year, Cornwell said, but once established the program is projected to grow to include a wider age group.


During the school year the program will operate four hours per weekday, each afternoon after school, Cornwell said.


When the school year ends, program hours will be extended to a 10-hour day, Cornwell said.


According to a fund-raising letter for the effort, the Boys & Girls Club provides:


• Regular contact with adult role models who care about and respect the members.


• A constructive peer support group.


• A positive alternative to negative behavior.


• An alternative to the hazards of drugs and violence.


Club members develop skills in:


• Getting along with others.


• Teamwork.


• Setting and achieving goals.


• Leadership.


The auction on Thursday features gift baskets, gift certificates and products from several dozen businesses throughout Northeast Tennessee.


For more information contact Cornwell at 423-202-1708 or scornwell84@yahoo.com.

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