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Chimes total jumps, but goal still distant

Chimes total jumps, but goal still distant

Posted: Wednesday, December 10, 2008 9:05 pm
By: Chris Menees Messenger Staff Reporter


By CHRIS MENEES Messenger Staff Reporter Tuesday night was twice as nice at Chimes for Charity’s telethon. Pledges and donations totaling a whopping $9,274.33 were received Tuesday night — more than doubling the amount raised on the telethon’s opening night and bringing the two-night total to $13,878, Chimes secretary Lindsay Frilling said. The Union City Jaycees and J’Cettes’ Chimes for Charity program 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. A major boost each year comes from Chimes’ fund-raising telethon, which began Monday night and will continue through Thursday night at Second Baptist Church in Union City. The radio and TV telethon is being presented from 6-7:30 each night and is being broadcast live on AM radio station WENK-1240, as well as on a one-hour tape delay from 7-8:30 on local television station WOBT. During the show, listeners and viewers are asked to phone in pledges to benefit Chimes as they enjoy quality entertainment provided by several local school and church groups. The community may also choose to enjoy the entertain-ment in person from 6-7:30 each evening by being a part of the audience at Second Baptist Church, located at 831 North Everett Boulevard. Tuesday night’s telethon entertain-ment was provided by Union City Elementary School’s Chorus Kids, the Voices of UCES and Girl Scout Troop 67. The invocation was given by the Rev. Jerry Leggett, associate pastor of Second Baptist Church, and emcee Jim Adcock was joined by Union City Director of Schools Gary Houston; Bob Stephens, 1968 Jaycees president; and Jimmy White, 1989 Jaycees president. Tonight, the Chimes program will feature Second Baptist Church’s Preschool Choir 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 final program on Thursday night will feature local preschoolers, with Kare Bear Preschool to perform from 6-6:30 p.m., Pleasant Valley Preschool from 6:30-7 and First Friends from 7-7:30. The invocation will be given by the Rev. Andy Blackwell, pastor of Crosswind Church, and Adcock will welcome as his guests Obion County Director of Schools David Huss; Ron Green, chief professional officer of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Tennessee; and Steve Goodrich, a past Jaycees member. During the program, 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 Published in The Messenger 12.10.08


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