Housing Authority agencies plan fundraiser

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By Jennifer Caldwell

Motorcyclists who enjoy a leisurely ride will soon have the opportunity to start their engines for a good cause.

On June 6 the Community Cares and Neighbor Resident Organization (NRO) of the LaFollette Housing Authority are teaming up to host its first bike run.

Supported solely by donations from the community and the LaFollette Housing Authority (LHA) the groups hope the motorcycle event will generate some much needed income to sustain the programs.

According to Tonda Welden, assistant housing manager, the NRO works throughout the year to organize events including Christmas, Easter and July 4th parties as well as pot luck dinners and game days.

Welden said NRO activities are a vital part of caring for LHA residents and their children.

“This (fund raiser) is very important because it shows the community that LHA is working for its residents,” Welden explained.

Always on the hunt for ways to make money for the programs, Welden said the idea for the bike run came from her own personal interest in motorcycles.

“I ride a motorcycle so I just threw it (the idea for the bike run) out there,” Welden said.

For Savannah Berry, Community Cares representative, money raised from the bike run will allow Community Cares to continue to provide activities like bingo for senior citizens that reside at LHA.

According to Berry, even the simplest events are appreciated by the elderly population.

“I love doing activities with the senior citizens because I feel like they are so left out of everything,” Berry said.

While the weekly bingo games are fun for the participants, Berry said prizes for the winners are strictly practical.

“The bingo prizes are always things they can use around the house from toilet paper to dish washing detergent. They (senior citizens) are always so thrilled to win the prizes,” Berry commented.

In addition to the bike run, Berry said she works year round holding yard sales, bake sales and anything else she can do to make money to support the program.

“Lately donations have been way down because of the economy so we are hoping for good participation in the bike run,” Barry said.

Breakfast and registration for the event begins at 9 a.m. on June 6 at the LaFollette Housing Authority. Riders will depart at 11:30 a.m. and will begin at 25W and end at Quaker Steak & Lube in Knoxville.

Tickets are $10 per person per bike and $5 for an additional rider.

For more information on this event or how to donate to the NRO or Community Cares programs contact Savannah Berry at 562-1812 or Tonda Welden at 562-2261.