By CHRISTY ARMSTRONG
Local youth organization On Point is going to be hosting its annual fundraising dinner with famed country singer and songwriter Rory Feek as its special …
By CHRISTY ARMSTRONG
Local youth organization On Point is going to be hosting its annual fundraising dinner with famed country singer and songwriter Rory Feek as its special guest.
“One Extraordinary Evening with Rory Feek” is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 21, at First Baptist Church in Cleveland, with the event kicking off at 6:30 p.m.
Feek is best known for his successful music career. He and his late wife, Joey, formed Grammy Award-winning country music duo Joey+Rory. The pair sold nearly a million records.
However, he is also known for the messages of hope and faith he shared while his wife battled and ultimately died of cancer last year. He writes a blog, ThisLifeILive.com, which chronicles their love story, and has written a best-selling memoir, “This Life I Live: One Man’s Extraordinary, Ordinary Life and the Woman Who Changed It Forever.”
He will share his hopeful message as the keynote speaker of On Point’s event. All proceeds will benefit the organization’s youth programs.
Tamara Yelton, community cultivator for Cleveland, said his message is in line with the organization’s efforts to help youth who may be going through tough times.
“We are living in an ever-changing and constantly moving society with greater rates of youth depression and suicide than our nation has ever experienced,” Yelton said. “While we are ‘more connected’ than ever, we are more relationally disconnected. This societal whirlwind is unhealthy for our teens. On Point is a safe fortress in which teens can take refuge in relationships which will support them through trials and joys.”
This “safe fortress” comes in the form of extracurricular programs offered to youth in area schools.
The Chattanooga-based organization has helped 260,000 Chattanooga and Cleveland youth through its programs since it was established in 1991.
On Point’s three programs — Think On Point, Live On Point and Graduate On Point — use original curricula which focus on different topics such as resisting peer pressure, living healthy lifestyles and making positive plans for the future.
“They will also receive education to help them navigate dangerous behaviors such as substance use, sexual activity and violence, while building healthy relationships and consistency to help them not just survive, but thrive,” Yelton said.
Think On Point, which focuses on avoiding risky behaviors, is offered in all of the Cleveland and Bradley County middle and high schools. Life On Point, which focuses on positive healthy living, is also offered in the Bradley County middle and high schools. Graduate On Point, which focuses on high school completion, is offered at Bradley Central High School.
The organization also has a local Teen Board which involves students from all the Cleveland and Bradley County secondary schools, including the Bradley County Virtual School.
Yelton said supporting the upcoming event would be akin to making an investment in the futures of local students,
“When you invest in On Point, you can be certain your dollars will produce outcomes … and those outcomes will be realized in productive citizens with character, life skills and the education to thrive,” Yelton said.
Those wishing to attend can reserve tables of eight for $500. Individual tickets are also available for $75 each. Registration is open online at https://liveonpoint.org/events.
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