From pancakes to putters, spring will bring two opportunities for folks in the community to support Kiwanis Clubs efforts to help children in Blount County become better prepared for the future.
For those who enjoy spending time on the links, the Maryville Kiwanis Foundation wants golfers and sponsors to tee it up on Monday, April 4 at Green Meadow Country Club. Then, on Saturday, May 7, the Alcoa Kiwanis will serve a good pancake breakfast complete with entertainment at Alcoa High School. Here are the details to help both of these worthy causes:
‘Tee it Up for Kids’
Each year the Maryville Kiwanis Foundation hosts its “Tee it Up for the Kids” golf tournament to raise money for Blount County children’s programs such as Imagination Library, but the community rarely learns about “who” directly benefits from the spring fundraiser.
Cindy Perkins knows first-hand. A Union Grove Elementary special education teacher, she naturally encourages advanced reading skills in her own children. After enrolling both her son and daughter with Imagination Library when they were young, she has witnessed how the reading program stimulates young minds.
“The Imagination Library books are very special to my children. They absolutely love getting their new books. I believe the books are part of the reason my children have developed a love for reading and have been very successful in school,” said Perkins. The Kiwanis annual golf tournament will be held Monday, April 4 at Green Meadow Country Club, Alcoa. Individual player fees are $100. Hole sponsorships are available for $250 and major sponsorships are available for $1,000.
Registration and lunch will be at 11:30 a.m. with a SWAT format-shotgun start at 1 p.m.
In 2010, the tournament contributed more than $70,000 to Blount County children’s organizations. Local companies like Clayton Homes highly value those very programs, according to David Jordan, Clayton’s corporate controller.
“As employers, parents, grandparents and citizens, we truly appreciate the efforts of the Kiwanis as they improve the lives of children every day in Blount County. It is difficult to find a better way to efficiently employ dollars in the community than to buy books for kids, especially when the cost is a little over a $1 a book. That’s a real bargain.
“This program is a real blessing to the community and we are honored to be involved. It fits perfectly with our philanthropic focus of education,” Jordan said.
Imagination Library was launched in 1996 by Dolly Parton. The program began with the children of Sevier County and has gone on to serve the United States, Canada and the U.K. Maryville Kiwanis has sponsored Imagination Library in Blount County since 2005. Since that time, more than 10,000 children have received books.
New sign-ups come from new births at hospitals, three pediatricians offices, Saturday sign-ups at area stores, various community support agencies and online.
For more information or to sign up for the tournament, contact Tournament Director Wilson Borden at 865-982-4558 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Alcoa Kiwanis Foundation 20th Annual Pancake Breakfast will offer a tasty breakfast with plenty of entertainment to folks who attend the May 7 community event.
The Alcoa Kiwanis Foundation 20th Annual Pancake Breakfast is set for 7 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 7, at Alcoa High School. Admission is $5, children younger than 6 eat free if accompanied by an adult, past board member Jim Warner said.
“Also, anyone in the service of our country or community in uniform eats free. This is intended for military, police or fire - it’s just a way of recognizing the people serving our community,” he said.
Diners will also be entertained during breakfast by three different groups.
The Kiwanis In-House Band with special guest Jim Braun will play rock music. Walker Johnson and the Mountain Folk Reunion will be playing folk music, and Turkeys in the Straw will play contemporary music. “There is the possibility of a performance by the acclaimed Alcoa Kiwanis Drill Team,” Warner said.
There also will be clowns and face painting for children.
“This is our 20th annual pancake breakfast, and we use the funds to support kids primarily here in the community but also around the world through international foundation projects like the initiative to end iodine deficiency disorders,” Warner said.
Tickets will be available that the door, from any Alcoa Kiwanis Club member or by calling Warner at 865-856-6344.