Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

April 10, 2014

Season of fundraising begins

By Jan Boston Sellers
Chronicle contributor

CROSSVILLE — Spring is in full swing, and this mean there are a host of not-for-profit organizations in Crossville and Cumberland County hosting events over the next few weeks. The first event will begin this weekend with a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.

Cumberland County Relay for Life will benefit from a pageant this weekend at the new B53 Church location in the Woodmere Mall next to Gondola restaurant. This annual event, under the direction of Whitney Sidwell, will begin Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m. with registration.

There are six age categories at this year’s event. They are Baby Relay for 2-3 year olds; Tiny Tot for 4-6 year olds; Little Miss Relay for 7-9 year olds; Princess Relay for 10-12 year olds; Teen Relay for 13-15 year olds; and Miss Relay for 16-21 year olds. Pageants begin at 10 a.m. with the 2-3 year olds and will last through the 1:30 p.m. Miss Relay for the 16-21 year olds.

Sidwell said, “This is an open pageant and fundraiser for 2014 Cumberland County Relay for Life. There will be a winner, first and second runners-up and most photogenic for each age group. If you would like to enter your child in the most photogenic competition, please bring a 5x7 photo to submit the day of the pageant. Entry fees are $35.”

Sidwell also asks that all 2013 winners be available to crown the new queens. If you need additional information, feel free to contact her at 200-3799 or via email at whitsidwell@yahoo.com.

All proceeds will go to the Cumberland County Relay for Life. Relay for Life raises money nationwide for cancer related causes.

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You can help another not-for-profit organization by ordering a barbecue sandwich lunch Wednesday, April 23. The Avalon Center’s Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault program will host a barbecue sandwich lunch, which can be delivered to your office. The meal will include a sandwich, cole slaw, chips and homemade dessert for $6. Order yours by contacting the Avalon Center at 456-0747. Deadline to order is Monday, April 21. You may also fax in your order to 787-1057. Avalon’s barbecue lunch is being held in conjunction with Sexual Assault and Awareness Month.

College basketball is over, and baseball is in full swing at local parks, on minor league fields and in the major leagues. The TAD Center is excited about hosting its first ever Pitch, Hit and Run Contest on Saturday, May 3. The event is sponsored by Major League Baseball and allows youngsters ages 7-14 an opportunity to show off their baseball (guys) and softball (girls) skills. The competition tests the participants in each of the three categories (pitching, hitting and running) and highest point totals in each age group earns the right to advance to the state competition held later this summer. State level winners will even win a trip to the 2014 MLB All-Star Game in Minneapolis.

The event is open for both boys and girls and is free to enter. The competition will begin at 9 a.m. at Garrison Ball Park (next to the TAD Center). Interested participants can come by the center for a registration form or sign up the morning of the event. Call Shane at 456-2859 for more information.