Winter Blast a success thanks to contributors

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CASA’s first Winter Blast was a great success, raising more than $18,000 to help train and support our volunteer court-appointed special advocates. These volunteers are appointed by our juvenile courts to investigate and advocate for the needs of abused and neglected children.

Many individuals and organizations contributed to the success: sponsors who helped to offset the costs, in-kind donors who provided services and prizes, and the many who bought raffle tickets and came out to see Jimmy Wayne and enjoy the festivities.

Having a venue like the Princess Theater and its excellent staff was also a major factor in our success.

We especially want to thank event co-chairs, Tim Duff and Billy Rice, and their title-sponsoring organizations, Earl Duff Subaru and Citizens First Bank.

For additional monetary contributions, we thank Bronze Patron Jack McNew; Patrons Citizens National Bank; Colbert Packaging; East Tennessee Children’s Hospital; Morgan County Economic Development Board; and TVA; and sponsors Richard Evans Law, Gigi Schooler, Spires Construction & Remodeling, and Sandra Weaver.

Special thanks to Caramella Catering, Ruby Tuesday and Lincoln’s Sports Grill (with VJ’s Shell Fun Foods and Cherokee Distributors) for catering. In-kind contributors include WECO, BBB Communications Ch. 12, and Comcast; Coalfield Lions (technical assistance with the raffle drawing); Chase Drugs and Mountains to Lakes Real Estate (food venues); Walter Cox, Angie Sexton, Terri Utsey, and Jeff Whitehead (entertainers); Advance Auto Parts, Anonymous, Bass Pro Shop, Laurie Brown, Grey Gables B&B, Meadow View Greenhouse, River Stone Resort, Stone Clay Station Pottery, Sweetwater Valley Farm, Tennessee Valley Winery and Sharon Yarbrough; Comfort Inn (lodging for Mr. Wayne); Coca Cola, Frank’s Liquors, and Rocky Top Markets; Peabody Ledford, Heather McCullough, and Brylee Trew; CASA volunteer advocates Dane Griffith, Danny Human and Kim Stratford for double duty in helping with the blast; our corps of ambassadors and all members of the board of CASA of the Ninth Judicial District.

Becky Ruppe, Chairman
Board of Directors
CASA of the Ninth Judicial District