Three Cheers - December 15, 2012

Dec. 14, 2012 @ 11:49 PM

Boys & Girls Club event

resounding success

Supporters of the Boys & Girls Club of the Smoky Mountains stepped up to the plate, and what stylish plates they were.

More than 130 area residents gave at least $125 each to enjoy a night at the Titanic Museum Attraction where they were treated to a gourmet meal while seated at tables set up amid the museum’s displays. Almost a dozen local chefs gave of their time to create the meals and give the diners a “personal chef” experience.

The event started off with appetizers outside the attraction before diners headed to their assigned tables inside the museum.

A lot of time and effort went into the event, with the proceeds being used to help fund scholarships for underprivileged children. Titanic owners John and Mary Kellogg Joslyn happily provided the menu and recruited the chefs. The chefs came up with creative menus for their tables.

Congratulations on all of who gave of their time and from their wallet to make the fundraiser a success.

SMARM provides

warmth in winter’s chill

The last few days have been pretty chilly. If you walked out of your door without your coat, you most likely turned right back around to find your coat and put it on. But what if you didn’t have a coat to put on?

Last week, the folks at Smoky Mountain Area Rescue Ministries helped make sure area children and adults don’t have to walk out of the house without a coat. SMARM held its 12th annual Winter Coat Day, adding hundreds to the 20,000 coats they have already given away over the year.

No questions asked, those who arrived at Winter Coat Day were able to choose as many coats as they needed for their family. Days before, volunteers were sorting coats by size and getting them ready for the big day.

For some it might be hard to imagine not having the resources to provide the essentials your family needs. It might also be hard to imagine how it feels be in a place where you need to accept charity. What can’t be denied is how heart-warming it is to see how a program like SMARM and its volunteers helps so many.

Area residents answer

call for Santa Fund

For many years, the Santa Fund has been helping fill in the blanks for two organizations who may need a little help for their clients, and the community has once again came through.

The Santa Fund is distributed to Douglas Cherokee to be used for senior citizens seeking help and to the Boys & Girls Club branches for members who could use some added assistance this Christmas season.

Citizens National Bank continued their tradition of kicking off hte campaign, provided the first $5,000 for the drive. But local residents have followed suit, providing so far more than $12,000 for the fund.

Donors have given in memory of loved ones, in honor of those special to them and anonymously. All donors who wish, have their names published in The Mountain Press, but it’s clear they aren’t giving for the acknowledgment, but simply for the joy of giving.

The drive continues through Monday. Contributions can be mailed to The Mountain Press, P.O. Box 4810, Sevierville 37864 or delivered in person at our offices, Riverbend Drive across from TRW in Sevierville, weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.Call 428-0748, ext. 217, with questions.

Thanks to all who have already given to the fun and for those who plan to give in the future.