Carnival coming to town: Walk of Hope Saturday
Posted: Wednesday, June 1, 2011 8:17 am
There will be quite a bit of clowning around in Union City on Saturday.
Obion County Hometown Walk of Hope will hold its 11th annual event with a carnival theme 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. Dr. James Batey is this year’s honorary chairman. Other chairmen include Trena Edgin, survivor reception; Logan Counsell, logistics; Jeannie Buchanan, sponsorship; Katie Keathley, publicity; and Allen Edmaiston and Mark Mosley; Lights of Hope. Walk of Hope queens will also be introduced.
The teams will start the kick-off lap and show off their banners at 4:30 p.m. Those who have been raising money for Walk of Hope throughout the year include Reelfoot Baptist Church, Union City Second Baptist Church, First Citizens National Bank, Reelfoot Bank (two teams), Cancer Survivors, E.W. James, Mount Ararat Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Walmart, Union City Coca-Cola, Team Alexander, Women of Steel, Union City J’Cettes, Union City First United Methodist Church (two teams), Team Friends, Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, Ladies Choice of Calvary Baptist Church, First State Bank, Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union City, Crosswind Church/Tennessee Quality Hospice, Kizer Pharmacy, Team Carter, Walgreens, Star Physical Therapy, Lennox, Salon Arabella, Team Taylor and Union City First Baptist Church.
After completing their lap, the teams will gather at their tents to make even more money for Walk of Hope as they serve up a whole realm of goodies from barbecue to ice cream. They’ll also have games which can be played.
Each team will have at least one member on the walking track at all times, while others will participate in some games of their own in competition with the other teams. These games, as well as a cake walk and toy walk, will be held from 4:30-6 p.m.
Larry Mink will present a magic show at 5 and there will be a Hometown Clown Parade at 5:30.
Local cancer survivors are invited to be the special guests at a survivors’ reception in the Purple and Gold Room 4:30-6, with the survivors’ lap to begin at 6.
Younger members of the teams will be able to strut their stuff in an Obion County Kids Got Talent competition at 7, followed by their elders at 8:15 for Hometown Idol.
Lights of Hope, purchased in honor of and in memory of those with cancer, will be lighted between 9:30 and 10 and are still available from team members or may be purchased during the event for $5 each.
The final event of the evening begins at 10:30 when one man from each team will compete for the honor of Hometown Walk of Hope’s queen in the womanless beauty revue. Team member drawings will be held at 11:30 and the closing remarks will be made at midnight.
Last year’s event raised more than $156,000 for the Obion County Cancer Agency, which helps local cancer patients meet expenses during their time of illness.
Helping to make this year’s event possible are local sponsors: “Gold” sponsors — Baptist Memorial Hospital, Bill and Carol Latimer, Goodyear Retirees Club, Jiffy Steamer, Reelfoot Bank, Walmart and Woman’s Clinic employees; “Silver” sponsors — Commercial Bank, Doctor’s Clinic, Dr. Kofi Nuako, Dr. Margaret Gore, Dr. Steve Beachum, Golden Living Center, Kizer Pharmacy, KYTN and the Quake, Paula Counsell Memorial, Reelfoot Baptist Church, Team Taylor, Union City Insurance and USW Local 878/ Goodyear; and “Bronze” sponsors — Amber Buchanan Pierce Memorial, Automotive Specialties, Cancer Care Center, CBK/Decor Direct, Collision Specialty, Crop Production Services, Farm Bureau Insurance, First Baptist Church, First Citizens National Bank, G&H Tool and Die, Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Immaculate Conception Catholic Church women’s group, in honor of Pam Buchanan and Lori Buchanan Cox, Jernigan Surgery Clinic, Ladies Choice of Calvary Baptist Church, Los Portales, Obion County Central High School Pep Club, Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Women in Action, Pro-Pak, Snappy Tomato, Star Physical Therapy, Sullivan Dentistry, Troy Church Of Christ, Union City Coca-Cola, Union City J’ Cettes and Union City Women’s Club.
Saturday’s event can be enjoyed by everyone and residents of Obion County and the surrounding area are encouraged to attend, enjoy the food, have fun and raise even more money for this worthy cause.
Associate Editor Donna Ryder can be contacted by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Published in The Messenger 5.31.11