Food City celebrating centennial with Charity Challenge

Sue Guinn Legg • May 2, 2018 at 8:56 PM

Food City has a long and solid history of charitable support for the communities where it does business and is building on that support during its 100th anniversary celebration.

As part of its centennial, the Food City $100,000 Charity Challenge kicked off April 16 and will run through May 29 online at www.foodcitycharitychallenge.com/tricities.

Community members are invited to visit the website daily and vote for any of nine Tri-Cities area nonprofit service agencies to win up to $12,500 in the $100,000 charity giveaway.

The local contenders include Dawn of Hope, Coalition for Kids, Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Alzheimer’s Association, Speedway Children’s Charities, Girls on the Run and others.

In addition to the $12,500 cash prize set aside for the top vote getter, the agency that places second in the online voting will receive $7,500 and the third-place finisher will win $5,000.

Stories and videos of work done by the the agencies are provided at the Charity Challenge website and may make you want to spread your votes around. Participants may vote once a day per online device.

Holston Habitat for Humanity has expanded its Johnson City Habitat ReStore and is celebrating the expansion with a four-day grand opening to run through Saturday.

Located at 3201 Kimberly Court, just off Mountainview Road near the new Browns Mill Road roundabout, the Habitat ReStore made its debut in February 2017 and has grown quickly over the past year.

Its home-improvement supplies and home furnishings are donated by local businesses and offered to the public at greatly reduced prices, with proceeds going to construction of Habitat for Humanity homes for low-income home buyers in the Tri-Cities area.

The new expansion has brought the ReStore’s floor space up to nearly 20,000 square feet of shopping space filed with new and used furniture, appliances, home decor, building materials and other household items.

Holston Habitat Executive Director Art Pearce invited everyone to drop in to tour the new space, enjoy the free snacks available throughout the store and to take advantage of 25 percent discounts being offered in various departments.

Donations to the ReStore are tax-deductible, and free pickups may be arranged by calling 423-378-8760.

The seventh annual Achin’ for the Bacon 5K River Run, a flat, fast run along the Nolichucky River and Erwin Linear Trail to benefit Court Appointed Special Advocates for abused and neglected children is set to run Saturday morning.

The race will start at 9 in the parking lot of the Mountain Inn and Suites at 2002 Temple Hill Road and follow Temple Hill Road, Jackson Love Highway and Industrial Drive to the Linear Trail gazebo, then follow the trial along the river to downtown Erwin and back.

Electronic tag-timing and professional race management will be provided by We Run Events. Open to runners of all ages, prizes will be awarded in several different age categories. The entry fee is $25 in advance or $30 on the day of the race and includes an event T-shirt and a complimentary post-race bacon and pancake breakfast.

A portion of the race proceeds will go to the nonprofit CASA organization to help recruit and train volunteer advocates to help courts in Unicoi, Washington and Greene counties determine the best placements for children who are removed from their homes because of abuse or neglect.

To register visit www.athlinks.com/event/achin-for-the-bacon-5k-river-run-24816 or call the Unicoi County Chamber of Commerce at 423-743-3000.

If there is a need or a project in your neighborhood the Good Neighbor column can assist with, contact Sue Guinn Legg at 423-722-0538 or P.O. Box 1717, Johnson City, TN 37605.

Email Sue Guinn Legg at slegg@johnsoncitypress.com. Follow her on Twitter @sueleggjcpress. Like her on Facebook at facebook.com/sueleggjcpress.

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