The event, sponsored by MasterCraft and the Junior Service League, raised $8,500 at the run, held at Sandy Springs Park. Contributions, of which 100 percent benefit Toys for Tots of Blount County, were collected from runners, event sponsors and children participating in the kids Tot Trot. More than 100 people participated in the event, which included a 1 mile dash, 5K/3.2 mile run/walk, a 1 mile walk and the Tot Trot.
Each year the Junior Service League of Maryville provides Christmas gifts for nearly 1,500 underprivileged Blount County children. These children attend local schools, local churches, and, most importantly, are an integral part of the community.
The Junior Service League of Maryville purchased the rights of the
Toys for Tots of Blount County from the Marine Corp.
several years ago. Since then the responsibility of raising money to purchase each underprivileged child a box full of toys has rested with the Junior Service League.
Sponsors for the MasterCraft Mile and Toys for Tots Trot were:
- Signature sponsor: MasterCraft Boat Company
- Platinum Sponsor: Blount Today
- Gold Sponsors: Clayton Homes and Blount Memorial Wellness
- Silver Sponsors: Marine Accessories, Stop-n-Go Motors, The $10
Club, Trotter Incorporated, Sonny's BBQ
- Bronze Sponsors: Alcoa Tenn Federal Credit Union, Am South Bank,
Rock Bottom Excavating, Blount Discount
Pharmacy, SunTrust Bank, Realty Executives Associates - Donna Tallent, Pella Windows and Doors, The Wine and Spirits Cellar and Rivers Advertising.
Photos by Darrell Watkins for Blount Today