Banner Staff Writer
Members of the Bradley Sunrise Rotary Club took time from their regular schedule of speakers Thursday to make progress on their plans for upcoming fundraising events.
The community service club is planning two events this summer — an event with University of Tennessee Coach Butch Jones in June and the club’s annual gala in August — to raise money for the causes it supports.
Club member Mark Rodgers said the money raised by last year’s gala supported several organizations, including Habitat for Humanity of Cleveland, the local CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) chapter, the Salvation Army of Cleveland and the club’s Angel Flight initiative to provide transportation for people with medical needs.
“I don’t see how the money could be used better,” Rodgers said.
The room was abuzz as the club’s members then divided into groups to discuss plans for the gala at length.
The gala will take place on Aug. 24, and the theme will be “Hollywood Nights.” Information on ticket purchases and other details is still forthcoming. The gala event will feature visits by Bob Eubanks of “The Newlywed Game” fame and Chattanooga TV personality Sarah Jennings.
Multiple members of the group expressed excitement over the event and predicted tickets would sell out once they become available.
“We sell this event out every year,” Rodgers said.
Until the meeting, much of the club’s focus had been on the event with coach Jones.
Club president Pat Fuller said the event will essentially be a “Big Orange pep rally” with the added bonus of University of Tennessee fans being able to support a good cause at the same time.
In addition to the main festivities, Bradley County Mayor D. Gary Davis will issue a proclamation naming June 7, 2013 as “Coach Butch Jones Day” in Bradley County, said club member Cheryl Dunson.
The event will take place on June 7 at the arena at Bradley Central High School at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online.
Prior to the event planning, club member Sally Poston had taken the time to recognize Rodgers as a Paul Harris Fellow. The Paul Harris Fellow recognition is given to Rotarians who donate at least $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation. Members can either have the recognition for themselves or give it away to honor someone else. Poston decided to give hers to Rodgers.
For more information about the club’s happenings, visit http://www.bradleysunriserotary.com.