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United Way hopes to meet goal with upcoming Winter Fest

By Rebecca Herman
United Way of Mountain City/Johnson County will be hosting its third annual Winter Jam on February 21, 2015. The event will take place at Heritage Hall and will begin at 6:00 p.m. and the doors will open at 5:30 p.m. Winter Jam 2015 will feature five musical acts and a small auction. Tickets will be available on the day of the event and the cost is $10 at the door.
Winter Jam 2015 will be emceed by Kody Norris of The Kody Norris Show and the auction will be conducted by Chris Mullins from Mullins Real Estate and Auction. The bands that are participating are New Covenant, Bluegrass/Gospel; Turkey Tracks Trio, Bluegrass/Folk; Steve Dunsee and the Jam Band, Retro Rock/Easy Listening; Laurel Creek Trail Band, Bluegrass; and Gary Trivette and Friends, Bluegrass. These local groups are coming together in order to provide a family friendly evening of good music and good times.
In between musical acts, several items will be auctioned off that were donated by businesses and organizations. Items include tickets to local amusement centers, picture package, desserts, and an item made by prisoners at the Northeast Correctional Center. The bands also donated their times and talents in order to help United Way of Mountain City/Johnson County reach their $40,000 goal. As of now, 94 to 95 percent of the goal has been met. Judy McGuire, treasurer for the local organization, feels confident that the additional five to six percent will be reached upon the completion of Winter Jam 2015.
Each year the United Way of Mountain City/Johnson County tries to create a goal that is reasonable as well as reachable. Throughout the year, money is donated by individuals, and businesses hold fundraisers in support of United Way. Without these donations and community support, the organizations that are picked each year would struggle to make ends meet or may not exist at all.
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