Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

Glade Sun

March 28, 2014

Blue Jean Ball and Benefit set May 17

CROSSVILLE — Put your blue jeans on (or other casual attire) and join a fun and entertaining evening with the Kids on the Rise (KOTR). Everyone seemed to feel comfortable last year dressing casual so KOTR is repeating the Blue Jean Ball and Benefit Auction for a second year. This will mark the 10th annual dinner/auction major fundraiser for this organization.

It will be Saturday, May 17, at the Fairfield Glade Community and Conference Center, with doors opening at 5 p.m. It will be a sit-down dinner, with time to view the many interesting silent auction items and make a bid before dinner. Announcements will be made when the silent auction will end so that you can check bids and make changes, if necessary. The live auction will take place right after dinner.

One of the premiere live auction items that will repeat this year is a Civil War getaway package to Savannah. The lucky winners will spend two nights at the River Cottage Bed and Breakfast on the grounds of the historic Cherry Mansion, where General Ulysses S. Grant was headquartered during the Battle of Shiloh. According to history, Grant was eating breakfast in the mansion's dining room when he heard the cannons firing the first morning of the battle.

Other items are being finalized for inclusion in this package. KOTR just received word that four one-day passes to Disney World, valued at $124 each, will also be sold at the live auction.

Tickets for the affair are $35 per person that includes dinner costs, rental of the conference center, payment for the Memory Road Band and a $10 donation to KOTR. Tables will seat eight people so talk to family and friends and plan an evening of relaxation. Tickets may be purchased from any KOTR board member, First National Bank of Tennessee, 1386 N. Main St. in Crossville (please ask for Ben Whitson) or the KOTR office at 348 Taylor St., Suite 102. Please call the KOTR office at 459-2388 and arrange a day and time to pick up tickets.

The mission for Kids on the Rise is to help young boys and girls who according to their teacher are working below their potential that covers literacy, learning and life. A mentor is assigned to each child to help improve self-esteem, encourage interest to stay in school and enhance their positive development. Currently, there are 48 teams of boys and girls with their mentors in the program. Eight boys and two girls are on the waiting list to have mentors assigned. Please click on the website,, for additional information about the program. Mentoring is a great way to gain a useful and fulfilling life for yourself and a child who is looking for a friend.

Kids on the Rise board members include President Josh Stone, Vice President Deanna Magdich, Secretary John Sohmer, Treasurer Ben Whitson, members Mary Coates, Aaron Elmore, Dave Farney, Art Gernt II, Patsy Thompson-Horst, Charles Lusso, Kalyn Phelps and Ken Steadman. The executive director is Donna King, who can be reached at the above phone number or email at director

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