Evening of Art sharing the love with Coalition for Kids, Radiothon volunteers to make an impact for children’s hospital

Sue Guinn Legg • Updated Feb 22, 2018 at 1:40 PM

If your Valentine’s Day was something less than love inspiring or you’d like a chance to do it all over again, some artistic supporters of Coalition for Kids have lined up another romantic date night that will allow you and your love to share your bliss with hundreds of at-risk children.

The second annual Heart & Hands Evening of Art, a drop-in reception with wine and hors d’oeuvres featuring the works of artist Barbara Jernigan, will be held from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, March 1, at Bishop Art & Framing at 1305 N. Roan St..

The benefit will include an auction of an original Jernigan watercolor of Founders Park at the former Tweetsie train station. Prints of the painting available for purchase. And all proceeds go toward a new art lab at Coalition for Kids.

Now in its 20th year, the faith-based coalition provides after school and summer enrichment activities, homework assistance and tutoring, snacks, meals and mentoring to approximately 400 elementary and intermediate schoolchildren whose needs have been identified by their teachers. Since its founding, more than 7,000 Johnson City schoolchildren have taken part the nonprofit program at no cost to their families.

Tickets to the Heart & Hands benefit are $100 for two or $50 for singles and may be purchased in advance by calling Jan Jacobson at the coalition at 434-2031, ext. 835.

The new Ballad Health Foundation this week announced the sixth annual radiothon for Niswonger Children’s Hospital will be broadcast from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 26 and 27, on Holston Valley Broadcasting’s 98.5 WTFM, 95.9 The Hog WRZK, Classic Hits 102.7 WVEK and ESPN Tri-Cities FM 98.1 and AM 1490.

It’s the second-largest fundraiser of the year for Northeast Tennessee’s only children’s hospital and it could use your ear and your support as the foundation shares the stories of the hospital’s young patients and how it hopes to enhance the care the hospital provides them.

Over the past five years, the radiothon has raised more than $1 million to help fund a Special Care Unit for babies born with neonatal abstinence syndrome and other special needs, a pediatric ambulance, and incubators, syringe pumps and other critical supplies for the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit.

Donations to this year’s radiothon will go the hospital’s Children’s Resource Center that provides educational and support programs for families in partnership with the region’s healthcare providers, schools and community agencies. The center’s programs engage children and families in healthy behaviors, help them navigate complex health challenges and connect them with community resources that can meet their needs.

Lisa Carter, the hospital’s chief executive office, said the radiothons make a major impact. “Not only does it help so many of the kids we care for, but it’s absolutely amazing to see the community come together to support our patients.”

Phone bank volunteers will be set up in the lobby of the children’s hospital to receive and make calls for donations throughout the radiothon. Anyone who would like to participate or donate is encouraged to visit www.NiswongerChildrensRadiothon.com or to call the foundation at 423-302-3131 for more information.

Donations may be made by by texting FORHOPE to 243725 or called in during the radiothon at 1-855-611-KIDS (5437).

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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