One hundred years from now it will not matter what kind of car I drove, what kind of house I lived in, how much money I had in my bank account, nor what my clothes looked like. But the world may be a little better because I was important in the life of a child.
- Forest E. Witcraft
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Thursday, 10 December 2009 16:26

Bits and pieces, this and that ...

Written by Stan Voit
A little bit of this and that to brighten up your Sunday morning...   …Safe Harbor, the child advocacy center, continues to look for a home in the four-county judicial district it will serve. Director Donna Koester says a house on Chapman Highway may become the center's home for the next few years while money is raised to build a permanent office on property the city of Sevierville has made available ...

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Thursday, 10 December 2009 16:25

Three Cheers

Written by KeeYoung Boyd
Three Cheers for 8/19/06   Day of Caring proves successful again   It's called Day of Caring, an appropriate name for an event that puts volunteers together with agencies that have a real need for help. The Sevier County United Way holds a Day of Caring each summer to help usher in its annual fund-raising effort. This year dozens of volunteers fanned out over several agencies that are United Way members to paint, clean up brush, fix what's broken and do some beautification where needed.   The member agencies of United Way provide a valuable service to this community. Thousands…

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Thursday, 10 December 2009 16:24

United Way aids Safe Harbor efforts

Written by Derek Hodges
Efforts to bring a safe harbor for abused and neglected children to Sevier County got a boost Monday    United Way Executive Director Roy Marshall presented a $25,000 check to Donna Koester, executive director of Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center.    The Fourth Judicial District, which includes Sevier, Jefferson, Cocke and Grainger counties, is one of only four in the state without a child advocacy center. Work to change that began about a year ago and led to the formation of SafeHarbor.    Koester hopes to find a temporary home for the program by the end of September. Safe Harbor…

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Thursday, 10 December 2009 16:22

If you have it, they will come

Written by KeeYoung Boyd
The Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center held its first ever major fundraising event, “Raisin’ the Roof”, on June 9th at the Music Road Hotel & Convention Center.  And, the crowd turned out in mass.  The banquet facility was seated at almost capacity with a crowd ranging from longtime Safe Harbor supporters to those that have only recently learned of the organization’s work serving child-victims of severe abuse in Jefferson and the other three counties of the Fourth Judicial District. Coach Pat Summitt, head coach of the Tennessee Lady Volunteer’s basketball team, served as guest speaker of the evening’s event and…

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Thursday, 10 December 2009 16:21

Safe Harbor recruits volunteers at recent event

Written by KeeYoung Boyd
Staff and volunteers with the Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center are continuing to recruit volunteers in Tennessee’s Fourth Judicial District, including Cocke, Grainger, Jefferson and Sevier counties.  Recently, employees and volunteers of Safe Harbor staffed an information booth at the 2006 Rhythm in the Hills event in Pigeon Forge over the Memorial Day weekend. Persons staffing the booth talked to attendees of the three day event and handed out flyers to passersby to inform them about the non-profit organization’s mission and services.  Information disseminated to event spectators outlined statistics of abuse in the district as a whole, as well as…

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Thursday, 10 December 2009 16:19

Safe Harbor Event Was A Success

Written by Casey McMahan
$55,000 raised to aid abused and neglected children       The non-profit children’s advocate agency, SafeHarbor had a successful “Raise the Roof” party last week, bringing in over $55,000 in donations through the benefit dinner and auction, according to SafeHarbor Executive Director Donna Koester.     “I thought that if we could come out of this with $35,000 raised, it would have been a successful event,” said Koester. “Pat Summitt upped the ante with two auction items, offering two guest coach packages,” which brought in $7,400 a piece, according to Koester.     The guest coach packages allow the winning bidder to…

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