Circle of Hope event planned for August

Circle of Hope event planned for August
For a quarter of a century, the Circles of Hope Telethon has benefited an agency geared to helping innocent victims of abuse. The Exchange Club-Carl Perkins Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse is gearing up for another fun, fast-paced and entertaining Circles of Hope Telethon. The event will kick off at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 17 and last throughout the day. The 25th Annual Circles of Hope Telethon will be held at the Carl Perkins Civic Center in Jackson. Doris “Cousin Tunny” Freeman, along with other hosts Stan Perkins, Tom Britt, Conrad Delaney, Jimmy Hoppers and former Miss Tennessee Blair Pancake will interview special guests, introduce entertainers, provide updates of amounts pledged and recognize contributors. Entertainment will consist of various performers throughout West Tennessee, with occasional surprise visits from special guests during the event. The telethon is the Center’s largest fundraiser and all funds raised are used to provide programs and services to the children and families of West Tennessee. The Center now has locations in 11 counties and last year, served more than 3,500 individuals in 15 West Tennessee counties. The Center offers a variety of services designed to meet each individual’s needs. Services offered through the Center include crisis intervention and case management, individual and group counseling, child advocacy services, emergency services, parenting training and parenting groups, supervised visitation, relative caregiver program, a food pantry, clothes closet and a toll free 24-hour hotline. The nine-hour entertainment event will be broadcast live on WBBJ TV ABC 7. The Telethon is open to the public. To make a pledge, contact Julie McMahon at 4-A-CHILD (422-4453) or toll free at 1-800-429-7397.

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