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Telethon winding down tonight; Chimes seeks big finish

Telethon winding down tonight; Chimes seeks big finish
By CHRIS MENEES
Staff Reporter
Just one more night.
That’s all that remains of Chimes for Charity’s annual fund-raising telethon.
The telethon kicked off Monday and will wrap up its four-night run with tonight’s program, set to be staged from 6-7:30 p.m. at Second Baptist Church on Everett Boulevard in Union City.
The telethon is a major fund raiser for Chimes, which provides food, clothing and toys for less fortunate families around Obion County at Christmas.
The third night of the program Wednesday yielded $4,274 in pledges — officially bringing the total raised so far to $20,127, Chimes secretary Regina Hendon told The Messenger late Wednesday night.
Donations of any amount help, though, and every contribution is appreciated, according to Chimes officials.
Chimes’ goal this year is $55,000, up $5,000 from last year’s goal, and all money raised will fund programs that include children’s shopping tours for clothing and the Christmas Eve delivery of food baskets to families in need.
Thursday is typically a large donation night for the Chimes telethon and organizers hope this year’s final program is no exception.
On tonight’s 90-minute program, telethon emcee Jim Adcock will be joined by Obion County Director of Schools David Huss, former Chimes secretary and J’Cettes member Lindsay Frilling and past Chimes chairman Arisa Moses, the current J’Cettes chaplain. The program will be opened in prayer by Joseph Brasher, minister of education and outreach at Second Baptist Church.
Entertainment will be presented by Union City First Baptist Church’s Kare Bear Preschool from 6-6:30 tonight, followed by Union City Elementary School’s Chorus Kids from 6:30-7 and the Voices of UCES from 7-7:30.
The telethon will be aired on local AM radio station WENK-1240 and television station WOBT. Listeners and viewers are asked to call 885-1240 during the broadcast to make donations to benefit the Chimes program.
Many donations are often made in honor or in memory of friends or loved ones, as well as in honor of the young performers who provide the entertainment.
Donations should be mailed to Chimes for Charity, P.O. Box 661, Union City, TN 38281.
In addition to the telethon, Chimes will benefit Friday from the organization’s designated night at the annual Santa’s Village at the University of Tennessee at Martin’s ag pavilion. Volunteers may work on Chimes’ behalf and the charity will received non-perishable food items and toys collected as admission to the holiday event from 6-9 p.m.
Chimes for Charity — sponsored by the Union City Jaycees and J’Cettes and supported by community contributions — is in its 78th year of providing food, clothing and toys to less fortunate families around Obion County at Christmas.
For more information, call the Chimes office at 885-2098 or email chimesforcharity@yahoo.com.
Published in The Messenger 12.6.12

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