Chimes schedules fundraising telethon
By: By CHRIS MENEES Messenger Staff Reporter
By CHRIS MENEES
Messenger Staff Reporter
Chimes for Charity will take to the airwaves next week for its annual fundraising telethon, with all proceeds to be used to help less fortunate families around Obion County at Christmas.
The program — which features entertainment provided by local church groups, school groups, preschools and dancers — will be staged live Monday through Thursday from 6-7:30 nightly at Second Baptist Church on Everett Boulevard in Union City.
During that time, the show may be enjoyed by being a part of the audience at Second Baptist Church or may be heard on local AM radio station WENK-1240.
The show will also be broadcast on local television station WOBT but will be shown on a one-hour tape delay due to technical difficulties, meaning the telecast will be from 7-8:30 p.m., according to Chimes officials.
Members of the Union City J’Cettes will be manning the phone lines at the radio station at 885-1240 to take call-in pledges during the live show from 6-7:30 p.m., but they will also continue to answer the phones an hour longer until 8:30 p.m. to accept calls from those making pledges while viewing the tape-delayed television broadcast. Any pledges called in during the tape-delayed broadcast of the program will be read on the air during the next night’s program.
Chimes for Charity — sponsored by the Union City Jaycees and J’Cettes — is in its 73rd year of helping those in need around the county during the Christmas season. The program depends on contributions from individuals in the community, local churches, businesses and various organizations.
This year’s goal is $45,000, all of which will benefit those in need through the providing of clothing, food and Christmas gifts.
Donations may be sent to Chimes for Charity, P.O. Box 661, Union City, TN 38281.
Chimes officials have described next week’s telethon as the “backbone” of the program. Volunteer groups will provide entertainment and various emcees and guests from different communities will share their experiences with the Chimes for Charity program.
Monday night’s 90-minute program will feature guest pastor the Rev. Jerry Leggett, director of Pastoral Care at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union City, and emcee Bob Stephens. Guests will include 2007 Union City J’Cettes president Catherine Nailling, 2007 Union City Jaycees president Clint Wilson, past Jaycees member Robin Wood and past Jaycees president Robert Wood, also a past Chimes chairman, according to a lineup provided to The Messenger.
Entertainment Monday will be provided by Kare Bear Preschool from 6-6:30 p.m.; 7th Seal/Crosswind Church from 6:30-7; and Beyond/Bill Davis’ group from 7-7:30.
The program Tuesday night will include Dr. David Russell, pastor of Union City First United Methodist Church, as guest pastor. The lineup includes emcees Kim Taylor and Ava Storie and guests Nikki Netherland and Michelle Mosely.
Tuesday night’s entertainment will feature Pleasant Valley Preschool from 6-6:30 p.m.; First Friends Preschool from 6:30-7; and Stepz Dance Studio from 7-7:30.
The Rev. Eddie Mallonee, pastor of Second Baptist Church, will be the show’s guest pastor during the program Wednesday night. He will be joined by emcees Steve Goodrich and Larry Storie, 1982 Jaycees president, and guests will include 2007 Chimes chairman Brad Keightley, 2007 Chimes chairwoman Michelle King and past Jaycees member Larry Vernon.
The entertainment Wednesday night will be provided by Second Baptist Church’s preschool choir from 6-6:30 p.m.; Second Baptist Church’s K-5 choir from 6:30-7; and Union City First Baptist Church’s adult choir from 7-7:30.
The final program Thursday night will be opened by guest pastor the Rev. Andy Blackwell, pastor of Crosswind Church in Union City, and emceed by Jim Adcock, 1977 Jaycees president. Guests will include Obion County Mayor Benny McGuire, Northwest Tennessee Boys & Girls Clubs chief professional officer Ron Green, Obion County Director of Schools David Huss and Union City Director of Schools Gary Houston.
Thursday night’s entertainment will feature the Obion County Children’s Chorus from 6-6:15 p.m.; Exchange Street Church of Christ from 6:15-6:30; Union City Chorus Kids from 6:30-7; and Voices of UCES from 7-7:30.
Staff Reporter Chris Menees may be contacted by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Published in The Messenger on 11.30.07
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