Saturday’s event ‘A Wild West Celebration’
Posted: Wednesday, June 2, 2010 10:54 am
Grab your cowboy hats and cowboy boots and get ready for “A Wild West Birthday Celebration,” which is the theme for this year’s Hometown Walk of Hope.
The Hometown Walk of Hope is turning 10 years old, and organizers said this year’s event promises to be bigger and better than ever.
The event is taking place Saturday at Union City High School’s War Memorial Stadium. Opening ceremonies will be at 4 p.m. and will be led by event co-chairmen Lorraine Gossett and Brenda Perry. The teams will then start the “kick-off lap.”
“It’s hard to believe the Hometown Walk of Hope is celebrating its 10-year anniversary,” Ms. Gossett said. “The way that the Lord has blessed and Obion County has embraced this labor of love is absolutely amazing. The financial needs of cancer patients in our community is great but so is the love that Obion Countians have for each other.”
For the past decade, the event has been providing funding for the Obion County Cancer Agency, which gives funding to help cancer patients in this area meet expenses associated with their illness — from hospital bills and insurance premiums to gas for out-of-town treatments.
The 26 teams — Reelfoot Baptist Church, Second Baptist Church, First Citizens National Bank, two teams from Reelfoot Bank, Cancer Survivors, Sandra’s School of Dance, Mt. Ararat Cumberland Presbyterian Church, two teams from Walmart, Union City Coca-Cola, Team Alexander, Women of Steel, two teams from the Union City J’Cettes, Dr. Kofi Nuako, Team of Friends, Republic Services, Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, Calvary Baptist Church, Ladies Choice of Calvary Baptist Church, Star Physical Therapy, Baptist Memorial Hospital, Crosswind Church/TN Quality Home Care and Hospice, First United Methodist Church and First State Bank — have spent the past year raising money through car washes, bake sales, golfing tournaments, fishing tournaments, jewelry parties, 5K Runs and more.
On Saturday night, the teams’ booths will feature games, pony rides, line dancing and other activities. They will also sell food, such as caramel apples, snow cones, dip ’n’ dots, root beer floats, rib-eye sandwiches and more.
The event will also feature a barbecue cookoff, a gospel/contemporary Christian music performance by The Neals, a Newlywed Game, a womanless beauty review, “Hometown Idol,” a cakewalk and a toy walk.
Local cancer survivors are invited to be the special guests at a survivors reception in the Purple and Gold Room between 4:30 and 6 and walk in the survivors lap at 6.
Lights of Hope, purchased in honor of and in memory of those with cancer, will be lighted at 9:30 and are still available from team members or may be purchased during the event for $5 each.
This year’s sponsors — Baptist Memorial Hospital, Bill and Carol Latimer, Jiffy Steamer, Republic Services, Team Taylor, UT Martin All-Sing, Walmart, Cancer Care Center, Commercial Bank, Doctor’s Clinic, Dr. Kofi Nuako, Dr. Margaret Gore, Kizer Pharmacy, KYTN and the Quake, Paul Counsell Memorial, Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, Reelfoot Bank, Tyson, Union City Insurance, Amber Buchanan Pierce Memorial, CBK/Decor Direct, Collision Specialty, Crop Production Services, Farm Bureau Insurance, First Citizens National Bank, G&H Tool and Dye, Golden Living Center, in Honor of Pam Buchanan & Lori Buchanan Cox, Jernigan Surgery Clinic, Kohler, Ladies Choice of Calvary Baptist Church, Lake Road Baptist Church, Obion County Crewettes, Pro-Pak, Reelfoot Baptist Church, Snappy Tomato, Star Physical Therapy, Sullivan Dentistry, Troy Church Of Christ, Union City Coca-Cola, Union City J’Cettes, USW Local 878/ Goodyear and the Woman’s Clinic Employees — have already contributed $35,700 to the cause.
Last year’s event raised over $176,000, largely from money raised the night of the event. Organizers encourage residents to come out, visit each booth and join in some Wild West fun in support of a terrific cause.
Editor’s Note: Emily Williams, daughter of Roger and Juli Williams of Woodland Mills, is a senior at Rhodes College in Memphis. She is interning at The Messenger this summer.
Published in The Messenger 6.1.10