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Opening night ‘Chimes’ ring to tune of $4,604

Opening night ‘Chimes’ ring to tune of $4,604

Posted: Tuesday, December 9, 2008 10:05 pm
By: chris Menees Messenger Staff Reporter

 By CHRIS MENEES Messenger Staff Reporter Chimes for Charity has some catching up to do this week. Monday’s opening night of Chimes’ annual telethon yielded $4,604 in pledges and donations — a little more than 10 percent of the funds needed to reach this year’s $45,000 goal. Chimes for Charity, sponsored by the Union City Jaycees and J’Cettes, is currently in its 74th year of helping less fortunate families and individuals around Obion County at Christmas. The funds are raised with the generous support of the community and then distributed back into the community in the form of clothing, food and toys for those in need. The program receives a major boost each year from its fundraising telethon, which kicked off Monday night and will continue through Thursday night at Second Baptist Church in Union City. Chimes secretary Lindsay Frilling said the opening night total of $4,604 leaves Chimes still $40,396 from reaching this year’s goal. The entertainment Monday night was provided by the Obion County Children’s Chorus, Exchange Street Church of Christ and Immaculate Conception Preschool. The invocation was given by Dr. David Russell, pastor of Union City First United Methodist Church, and emcee Jim Adcock was joined by guests Matt Russell, 2008 Jaycees president; Arisa Moses, 2008 J’Cettes president; and Robin Wood, a past Jaycees member. Adcock, who was Jaycees president in 1977, is serving as the emcee for all four nights of the telethon this week. Tonight’s program will feature Union City Elementary School’s Chorus Kids from 6-6:30 p.m., followed by the Voices of UCES from 6:30-7 and Girl Scout Troop 67 from 7-7:30. After the invocation by the Rev. Jerry Leggett, associate pastor of Second Baptist Church, Adcock will welcome as his guests Union City Director of Schools Gary Houston; Bob Stephens, 1968 Jaycees president; and Jimmy White, 1989 Jaycees president. Wednesday night, Second Baptist Church’s Preschool Choir will take the stage from 6-6:30 p.m., followed by the church’s K-5th Choir from 6:30-7 and Troy First Baptist Church’s Children’s Choir from 7-7:30. Second Baptist pastor the Rev. Eddie Mallonee will give the invocation and Adcock will share the microphone with guests Clint Wilson and Catherine Nailling, 2008 Chimes co-chairmen; and Larry Storie, 1982 Jaycees president. The telethon is being aired live each night on local AM radio station WENK-1240 and is being broadcast on a one-hour tape delay on local television station WOBT. During the program, listeners and viewers are asked to phone in pledges to benefit Chimes for Charity as they enjoy the quality entertainment. The community may also enjoy the entertainment in person each evening by being a part of the audience at Second Baptist Church, located at 831 North Everett Boulevard. Chimes pledges are often made in honor or in memory of loved ones and many audience members choose to make their contributions in honor of loved ones who are a part of the groups providing the nightly entertainment. The pledges are announced during the program by the emcee and his guests. Donations to Chimes for Charity may be mailed to P.O. Box 661, Union City, TN 38281. Officials with the organization ask that donors honor their pledges as quickly as possible in order for the funds to be available to help those in need this Christmas. Chimes’ projects in the community include shopping tours to provide new winter clothing for Head Start, elementary and junior high children; the distribution of toys to the children treated to the shopping tours; and the Christmas Eve delivery of food baskets to less fortunate families and individuals across Obion County. Staff Reporter Chris Menees may be contacted by e-mail at cmenees@ucmessenger.com. Published in The Messenger 12.09.08

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