End-of-year donations support area nonprofits
A donation of $2,300 was divided among the Soddy-Daisy Food Bank, Dallas Bay Volunteer Firefighters Children's Fund and Loftis, Hixson, Soddy-Daisy and Sale Creek middle schools, raised through the Stuffing Strut holiday walk/run.
American Legion Post 214
The American Legion Battlefield Post 214 presented $1,000 to the Chattanooga Veterans Center. The donation was raised through Bingo games held four nights a week at the post, which are open to the public. Ray Vieira, commander of American Legion Battlefield Post 214, said members of Post 214 also make monthly trips to the VA hospital in Murfreesboro to provide patients with home-cooked meals.
RaceWay Stores/Times Free Press
Fifteen RaceWay stores and the Chattanooga Times Free Press raised $10,000 for T.C. Thompson Children's Hospital. The promotion offered RaceWay customers who purchased a Children’s Hospital cup a Chattanooga Times Free Press newspaper and discounted refill. Two dollars from every cup purchased supported the hospital.
The Scenic City Camaro Club raised $4,512 to benefit T.C. Thompson Children’s Hospital at Erlanger. The donation was raised through proceeds from Showdown in the Scenic City, an open car show and fall festival. With Brinkley are members of the Scenic City Camaro Club.
Delta Zeta Sorority
Members of Delta Zeta sorority at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga made a $1,125 donation to the Speech and Hearing Center raised through proceeds of a barbecue dinner.
Big River Grille & Brewing Works
Big River Grille & Brewing Works and its charitable arm, CraftWorks Foundation, presented $174,000 to Chattanooga’s Kids on the Block and Chattanooga Community Kitchen. This is the eighth year CKOB has received festival proceeds and the first year that kitchen has been a beneficiary.
Merck Neighbor of Choice
The Business Administration Department of Tennessee Wesleyan College in Athens, Tenn., was recently awarded a $20,000 grant through the Merck Neighbor of Choice program. The funds will support TWC's bachelor of science degree in management excellence, an evening program designed for working adults who want to complete their degrees. Students accepted to this program may apply for one of 15 $1,000 need-based scholarships. Remaining funds from the Merck grant will be used to buy 10 laptops that may be borrowed by qualifying students.