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Crumley House preparing for annual Polynesian Beach Party fundraiser

June 25th, 2014 3:00 pm by Katherine Scoggins

Crumley House preparing for annual Polynesian Beach Party fundraiser

All proceeds from the event will support brain injury survivors at the Crumley House Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center in Limestone, Tenn.

The Crumley House is inviting the public to "party for a cause."

The Crumley House Polynesian Beach Party 2014 will be held at 6 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 9, on the Crumley House grounds. This popular event provides an evening of celebration, community, generosity and fun, all the while supporting a great cause.

It began one afternoon in September when Lori Beth Ford, a beautiful and vibrant 14-year old, was involved in a tragic automobile accident. That day changed the lives of Lori and her mother, June Barrrett, forever. Through Lori Beth's recovery process, June discovered that there was no place in the region to support the transition between acute rehabilitation, community re-entry, and independent living.

After years of work raising awareness and educating medical professionals and members of the general population on the need for these services, June Barrett opened the Crumley House Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center in Limestone, Tenn., in the summer of 1992.

Today, the Crumley House offers day and residential programs to increase cognitive learning, physical agility, and life skills. The program is the only one of its kind in the Southeastern region of the United States and has served over 3,000 brain injury survivors and their families.

The proceeds from the Beach Party will help provide services for the more than 168 individuals currently on the Crumley House's waiting list. There are no state or federal funds for those with brain injuries. The Crumley House strives to reduce the financial burden on patients and their families through scholarships and grants.

The Crumley House Polynesian Beach Party is the center's largest fundraiser of the year. And what an evening it is!

The Polynesian-style dinner will be a fusion of tropical island flavors and local foods to create a menu that is certain to please. Follow that with a turn on the dance floor to the sizzling rhythms of The Spirit of Soul Band, guaranteed to get hips swaying, fingers snapping, heads bobbing and spirits lifted.

Prior to the dinner, there is a "meet and greet" from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Powell Family's Old Barn and Tractor Barn, located behind the Crumley House. Completely renovated by Powell Farms, visitors may take a step back in time as they view 61 completely restored Letter Tractors (Cubs to Super M) dating from 1937 to 1960.

At 5 p.m., the doors to the Beach Party will open and the spirited bidding will begin on items from both live and silent auctions and a raffle for a beautiful Polynesian Tiki Bar, followed by dinner and dancing. For guests' convenience, golf carts will be available throughout the evening to transport guests from vehicles to the Tractor Museum and the Beach Party.

Individual tickets are $100 each, and various sponsorship levels are also available. All proceeds will support brain injury survivors at the Crumley House Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center (www.crumleyhouse.com) in Limestone, Tenn. Anyone interested in attending is encouraged to purchase tickets early - as they sell out quickly!

For information on the raffle, tickets, or programs and services offered through the Crumley House, please contact Michelle Ferguson at the Crumley House at 423-257-3644, ext. 7. You may also visit their website at www.crumleyhouse.com or "Like" them on Facebook.

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