The Cleveland Kiwanis Club presented more than $11,000 in donations to local nonprofits and other agencies Thursday.One of these awards was the annual donation of $1,100 to the University of …
The Cleveland Kiwanis Club presented more than $11,000 in donations to local nonprofits and other agencies Thursday.
One of these awards was the annual donation of $1,100 to the University of Tennessee Extension Office, for the sponsorship of the annual 4-H Clubs Public Speaking competition.
The annual 4-H event begins this month and runs into March. Kiwanis Club members sponsor the event, and also serve as judges for the competition at Cleveland State Community College.
Other donations awarded Thursday were primarily for organizations that provide assistance to children and families. Most of the recipients have been guest speakers at the club's weekly Thursday luncheon at the downtown Elks Lodge.
Kiwanis President Jake Duos handed out the checks to 11 of the 12 recipients. The UT- Extension Office donation will be presented later.
The largest donation — $1,200 — this year went to the New Hope Pregnancy Center.
Duos handed out $1,000 gifts to Family Promise, Wesley Memorial Methodist Church's Sack Pack Program, the Refuge's tutoring program, Special Places Program for severely ill children, The 10th Judicial District's Juvenile Court, the Boys and Girls Clubs' Andor Program and the Scott Family's Basketball Camp.
The Kiwanis Club presented $500 donations to The Empty Stocking Fund, CASA of Bradley County and The Caring Place's Sack Pack Program.
Club Treasurer Tracie Hamilton, also January's program chair, assisted Duos in making the presentations.
Each recipient, or recipient's representative, had a few minutes to talk about how the funds will be used.
• The former city mayor Tom Rowland expressed appreciation for the donation to this coming year's Empty Stocking Fund, saying around 1,000 children were treated at the 2019 party. Steve Hartline added that a sad thing was many kids came to the party hungry.
• With hunger in mind, Diana Whittle of the Wesley Memorial Sack Pack Program, and Corinne Freeman with the Caring Place Sack Pack Program said their funds will go to provide snacks for a number of children in need in the community, especially on the weekends when schools are out of session.
• The funds to Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) will be used for the program in Bradley and Polk counties.
• Kiwanian Dennis Botts accepted the donation for Cleveland's Scott family. Family members, local athletes who went on to earn widespread fame, return to their hometown each year to conduct a basketball youth camp.
• The Andor Program is a familiar recipient for the Kiwanis Club. The program's director, is former Kiwanis President Mike Stoess. Andor works with young people, providing them with life skills for the future.
Andor was the club's major recipient last year, receiving more than $3,000 to replace camping equipment that had been stolen.
• Kiwanian and 10th Judicial District Public Defender Richard Hughes sponsored the donation for the district's Juvenile Court.
Shannon Doan and Josh Gann accepted the award, saying the organization strives to assist at-risk teens to get on the right track.
• Pamela Moore of the Special Places Program informed the Kiwanian this special organization provides severely ill children (mostly cancer patients) with a dream room to hopefully offset the drudgery of their illness.
• Delaney Walker, who accepted the New Hope gift, said her organization has a wide variety of services for expectant mothers and families. She added most of these woman are involved with poverty.
• Accepting The Refuge donation was former Kiwanian Chris Newton. "We appreciate this for the Refuge's tutoring program," he said, adding the organization's clients come from all sections of the community.
• Eva Vanhook is director of Family Promise and also a Kiwanis member. She stressed the fact her organization works with families in need, and like the Kiwanis Club, assists with services for children.
• Kiwanian Kay Smith is retired from the UT Extension Office. She said the presentation of funds for the Public Speaking Program will be made at a later date.
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