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Benefit slated for Saturday

Benefit slated for Saturday
Many non-profit organizations have been dealing with increasing budget cuts over the past few years and with those financial setbacks, the reality is that there isn’t enough money to help as many people in the area. For two decades, Lottie Cooper, the Weakley County Community Manager of Northwest Tennessee Economic Development Council, has held a Christmas party for impoverished children in the area. For many of these children, the toys, coats and shoes that Cooper gives them are all they will receive during the holidays. This year, Cooper had to cut her numbers of disadvantaged children to assist by a third. The money was just not there. The Dresden American Legion, headed by manager Jerry Spain, has also seen less money come in. The Legion has assisted Cooper with the event since the second year of it’s inception, hosting the event and making a cash donation to offset expenses. When the call went out that Cooper and Spain could use some help, a group of Martin people decided to have a call to arms and will be holding a benefit this Saturday at The Stable with all money raised going to Spain and Cooper to help out children in Weakley County. Manager Sherri Leggins said she wanted to help out the organization. “It’s just the right thing to do.” Tyson has donated chicken, which will be grilled by Kelly Taylor and The Friends of The Stable, and organizers are informing people to “bring a dish.” The minimum donation requested is $5 and Budweiser will also be hosting a beer tasting. The Weakley County Press is also co-sponsoring the event. “Lottie does a lot for the children of this county,” Managing Editor Tracy Sharp said. “I’ve seen her put her heart and soul into helping these kids. It’s disheartening to see that due to funding that the kids will be the ones most impacted. I’m pleased that The Stable, Kelly Taylor and other people in Martin have answered the call. The newspaper is just pleased to be a part of it.” The Stable has been a staple for years in assisting non-profit organizations in need. For years, Stable owner Larry Cheatham held countless benefits for The Special Olympics with total donations reaching roughly $100,000. Leggins and The Friends of the Stable have decided to follow the tradition started by Cheatham during these difficult times, by reinstating fundraisers in the future. “It will be a good time,” Leggins said. “Friends meeting and working together for a great cause.” The benefit will begin at 3 p.m. this Saturday at The Stable on N. Lindell Street in Historic Downtown Martin. For more information on the event, to make a donation or to pre-order a plate, call 587-5605.

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