Stage set for annual Songfest benefit for homeless families with children; Lions Turtle Derby racers on the starting line

Sue Guinn Legg • Oct 30, 2019 at 9:53 PM

Songfest 2019, the most popular fundraiser of the year for the Family Promise network of churches across the greater Johnson City area helping homeless families with children get back on their feet, will play out Sunday afternoon at University Parkway Baptist Church

Now in its 15th year, the benefit concert will feature the Burnett Sisters duo from the East Tennessee State University’s Old Time Music Program, Ed Snodderly and Friends, and Songfest headliners for the past several years — Carson Peters & Iron Mountain.

The music starts at 3. And thanks to the generous sponsorships of numerous area business, admission is free.

In addition to “a great concert featuring some fantastic local music,” Family Promise Executive Director Bob Hall said Songfest offers an opportunity for people to learn more about how area churches, hundreds of volunteers and the Family Promise staff work together to help families who become homeless regain their self-sufficiency and to lend their support to that life-changing work.

More information about the concert and the work of Family Promise may be obtained by calling 423-202-7805, online at https://familypromisejc.com, or on the Family Promise of Greater Johnson City page on Facebook.

The Johnson City Lions Club is charged up and ready to race at its 69th annual Turtle Derby coming up Saturday morning, Nov. 9, at the Johnson City/Washington County Boys & Girls Club on West Market Street.

The races will commence at 10 a.m. Admission is free. And with dozens of kid-friendly prizes on the line, anyone can put one the Lions battery-powered turtles in the race for a $50 contribution to the club’s numerous eyesight conservation projects.

The derby is the Lions Club largest fundraiser of the year. All proceeds will go directly to free vision screenings, eye exams and eyeglasses and or hundreds of local children and adults in need, eyeglasses recycling, Lions District Charities, the International Lions Club Foundation, Volunteer Blind Industries, and other local nonprofit organizations supported by the Lions.

More information about the club and the upcoming Turtle Derby, including how to sponsor a racing turtle or contribute a door prize, can be found online at johnsoncity.tnlions.org or may be obtained by contacting Don Raines at 423-791-9191 or don@rainescompany.com.

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.