Kickin’ It Up For Kids — the eighth annual Communities In Schools of Catoosa County fundraising dinner, is set for Thursday, Nov. 3.
Lunch dates with local bachelors Bradley Chambers and Jack Napolitano will be auctioned off during the dinner.
Mr. Chambers, 21, is a graduate of Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School and is working on his bachelor’s degree in organizational management. He works for Ringgold Telephone Company as a sales administrator for RTC Solutions and enjoys working out, watching TV, and spending time with his friends and family and his poodle. He says he is a “die-hard Tennessee Vols and Atlanta Braves fan” and “a self-proclaimed geek who loves computers.” He attends Oakwood Baptist Church in Chickamauga.
Mr. Napolitano, 29, is a physical education teacher at West Side Elementary and a coach for the LFO basketball team. He is a Chattanooga native and a graduate of Baylor High School. He attended college at Bevel in Alabama and UTC, where he played basketball. Mr. Napolitano enjoys golf and other outdoor activities.
Local chef Kimberly Wheeler’s talents will also be up for bid, including a dinner for eight at the winner’s home cooked by Kimberly, a public relations manager for Ringgold Telephone Co.
“The dinner is more casual in nature this year,” said Ms. Wheeler, who chairs several organizations around town, including the Communities in Schools Board of Directors. “It will be an opportunity for Catoosa Countians to come together and understand the great impact we can all make in the lives of our young people, and at the same time put on your boots and jeans and have an enjoyable evening together.”
Kickin’ It Up For Kids will also feature a silent auction, dinner and a variety show, all with a Western theme. The silent auction opens at 6:30 p.m. and will feature a range from Roper Corp., Coca-Cola memorabilia, homemade cheesecakes, School Spirit Blankets from Sew Cool Embroidery, leather coats from Henig Furs and several themed baskets crafted by Catoosa County students. Dinner is at 7 p.m.
Actor Factor, Maria Sessions, Beth Hullender, Cloggers from Ginger Brown’s Performing Arts Academy, and Lewis Taylor & Friends will perform.
Container Service Corporation, Ringgold Telephone Company, Northwest Georgia Bank and the Tennessee Valley Authority underwrite the event.
“All the funds raised during the evening help Catoosa County families and children prepare for school and graduate with a high school diploma,” said Jayme Elliott, Director of Communities In Schools of Catoosa County.
“Without the support from the community, we would not be able to visit moms and dads in their homes and give them information to help ready their children for school. We wouldn’t be able to give books and eyeglasses to children who need them. The dinner dollars go a long way to help many students in our school system,” Elliott said. “It will be a celebration of the past year's accomplishments and future plans.”
Individual tickets are $40; tables of eight are $300. Businesses that want to help but cannot send representatives can sponsor seating for students and educators who work with high-risk students. Please contact Jayme Elliott at (706) 858-0529 or by fax at (706) 861-4855 for more information and to reserve tickets.
About Communities In Schools
Communities In Schools of Catoosa County takes a community development approach to supporting education by unifying the existing resources of communities around children, families and schools as a support system to help young people realize their full potential and take responsibility for their future.
Communities In Schools of Catoosa County works closely with local businesses, civic and church leaders and school superintendents to spearhead the formation of public/private partnerships designed for and operated by persons living and working in the community. Students and their families benefit by receiving personal attention and support, mentoring, tutoring, assistance in developing socially, career awareness and planning, and counseling.
Communities In Schools in Georgia partners with more than 52 school systems and reaches more than 65,000 young people in 47 counties across the state.