Dawn of Hope Spooktacular, $10,000 Reverse Raffle tickets on sale; table set for annual Harvest Soup Meal

Sue Guinn Legg • Oct 16, 2019 at 9:54 PM

The fall fundraising season has hit its stride with a passel of fun activities to help others in the local community lined up over the coming weeks.

Dawn of Hope’s annual Spooktacular costume gala, with a $10,000 reverse raffle to top off the evening, is coming up Thursday, Oct. 24, at the Johnson City Country Club.

It’s a fun-filled night of dancing to Halloween tunes, a costume contest, heavy hors d'oeuvres with beer and wine from Cherokee Distributing and One Stop Wines and Spirits, photos in the “Boo-tiful Bay,” a benefit auction, and an all-night raffle drawing with a $75 cash prize for every 50th ticket pulled from the proverbial hat and a $10,000 grand prize for the last ticket drawn.

Raffle tickets are $50 each and on sale now online at www.dawnofhope.com or by mail with an enclosed check to the Dawn of Hope Foundation, Attention: Reverse Raffle, P.O. Box 30, Johnson City, TN 37605. Participants must be 18 years old or older and do not have to be present to win.

Spooktacular tickets are sold separately and do not include a chance at the raffle prizes. Tickets are $50 per person and can also be purchased online at at the Dawn of Hope website or by mail to the Dawn of Hope Foundation, Attention: Spooktacular.

Proceeds from both benefits will help support a array of individualized services to meet the unique needs of people in the local area with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including in-home assistance within daily living needs, opportunities to be involved in the community, integrated employment, job coaching and assistance with the management of healthcare needs.

More information about the raffle, the gala and the many, varied services provided by Dawn of Hope may be obtained by contacting Public Relations and Development Director Lisa Pawley at lisapawley@dawnofhope.com or 423-722-1689.

Austin Springs United Methodist Church has the kettle on for its popular and long-running Harvest Soup Meal.

The seasonal all-you-can eat meal of chili and soups served with old-fashioned corned fritters, homemade desserts and drinks will be held from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, under the pavilion at the church at 726 S. Austin Springs Road.

The selections include homemade chili, harvest vegetable soup and classic potato soup just right for the ovo-lacto vegetarians at your table. And for those who like a little something sweet to carry home, the meal will be accompanied by a bake sale. Carryout orders may be placed by calling the church at 423-282-5870.

The cost is $10 for adults, $6 for kids ages 6-12, and free for kids age 5 and under. Proceeds will go to the church’s outreach ministries, including the Loaves and Fishes program at West Main Street Christian Church in downtown Johnson City; the Austin Springs UMC food pantry for people at risk of hunger; and assistance to others in need in the local community who are brought to the church’s attention.

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, slegg@johnsoncitypress.com or P.O. Box 1717, Johnson City, TN 37605.