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Charity Ball attendees dance night away, raise money for Obion County children

Charity Ball attendees dance night away, raise money for Obion County children

By: Donna Ryder Messenger Associate Editor

By DONNA RYDER
Messenger Associate Editor
The sweet sounds of soul music flowed from the Hampton Centré Saturday evening.
Junior Auxiliary of Obion County sponsored the annual Charity Ball and silent auction, with all proceeds going toward helping the children of Obion County. There was plenty of food, dancing and fun, with entertainment provided by SoulSations.
Those in attendance also had to the opportunity to bid on silent auction items, which had been donated for the event by area businesses and individuals. The highest bid of $1,000 was for a Murder Mystery Party for four couples. Another top dollar getter was a 26-inch RCA LCD HDTV, which sold for $500. The organization raised about $10,000.
Each year, the women of Junior Auxiliary host events in the community. To help children have a safe Halloween, a Boo Bash carnival is held at Virgin’s Nursery for children ages 10 and younger. Children can play games, go on hayrides, make crafts and participate in costume contests. A Union City police officer is usually on hand as well to teach some trick-or-treat safety tips.
For the first-ever Obion County CornFest in 2007, Junior Auxiliary of Obion County sponsored a “Kids in the Park” event, as well as the CornFest corn-eating contest. Each year, the members gather gently-used coats from area citizens in their “Coats for Kids” project, make Easter baskets for foster children and adopt a family, providing items needed throughout the year.
In partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Tennessee-Union City unit, the women honor students who improve their grades in individual classes each reporting period.
They also sponsor parties for those students who make the honor rolls at their schools. The members also assist with the Obion County children’s program, including Halloween and Christmas parties and the summer reading program.
For the 2007-08 school year, the organization provided clothing to meet dress code for several children at each of the schools in the county and city systems. They plan to become more involved in the Promethean Foundation, having read to children in the program over the past year.
Over the years, Junior Auxiliary has been a driving force behind several community projects, among the largest being the Community Playground.
Donations may be made to Junior Auxiliary of Obion County by mailing a check to P.O. Box 853, Union City, TN 38281.
Associate Editor Donna Ryder can be contacted by e-mail at dryder@ucmessenger.com. Published in The Messenger 2.25.08

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