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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Walgreens offering promotion through Oct. 19 to support Niswonger Children's Hospital; take advantage today!

Walgreens is supporting Niswonger Children’s Hospital through Thursday, Oct. 19, by giving customers a chance to make a donation to the hospital with their purchases at 32 Walgreens stores in the region.

When you buy something at Walgreens, the cashier will ask you about making a donation, which they can scan with the purchase. You can give $1, $3, $5 or more to the hospital.  Walgreens stores from Big Stone Gap, Va., to Morristown, Tenn., are participating.

“Walgreens has been such a loyal supporter of Niswonger Children’s Hospital and we really appreciate them,” said Cookie McKinney, manager of children’s initiatives at Niswonger. “I hope people who shop there will take advantage of this chance to give a little and help a lot!”


Sunday, August 27, 2017

Special deal at Subway® Restaurants supports cancer patients through Dragon Boat Festival

Here’s a great meal deal from Subway that also supports our local cancer patients through the Dragon Boat Festival presented by Subway® Restaurants.

From Aug. 1 through Sept. 15, if you eat at participating Subway Restaurants and donate $1 or more, you’ll receive a $1 off coupon for your next Subway foot-long sub sandwich. Subway will then give a dollar to Dragon Boat to assist cancer patients. It’s a quick and easy way to raise money for a great cause!

The funds we raise through Dragon Boat are used, through Mountain States Foundation, to assist cancer patients with expenses associated with cancer care such as gas vouchers, taxi fares, non-covered medications, nutritional expenses and personal care items.

For more about the Dragon Boat Festival presented by Subway® Restaurants, click here.


Sunday, August 6, 2017

Do you like cycling? Get into Beast mode! Rides on Aug. 26 support cardio-pulmonary rehab

Ride 50, 75 or 100 miles to support Mountain States cardiac-pulmonary rehabilitation patients. The 75- and 100-mile routes go over three mountains in East Tennessee and Western North Carolina – Buffalo, Spivey and Unaka mountains. For more information or to register, visit www.mshafoundation.org/the-beast-bicycle-ride-fundraiser.


Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Riverboat Casino Gala on Feb. 11 raises money for Smyth County youth

MARION, Va. – Get ready for a night of dinner and games, all for a good cause.

The Smyth County Hospital HealthTrust is presenting its seventh annual gala. The HealthTrust is Smyth County Community Hospital’s nonprofit foundation and raises money for community needs.

This year’s gala will have a riverboat casino theme, and will take place on Saturday, Feb. 11, at 6 p.m. at the Holston Hills Community Golf Course in Marion. Black tie is optional.

Proceeds from the gala benefit the children of Smyth County through a summertime wellness camp. The wellness camp will teach fourth and fifth graders about the lifelong benefits of good nutrition, exercise and healthy habits.

Attendees will be served dinner and cocktails. There will be a silent auction featuring a week at The Grand Mayan Resort in Nuevo Vallarata, Mexico (airfare is not included), a week at Blue Ridge Village in Banner Elk, North Carolina, commercial tools and more. Also, eventgoers can enjoy classic casino games like bingo, roulette and blackjack, as well as “heads or tails.”

Individual tickets are $100 and include two drink vouchers; tables start at $500 for parties.

For more information on the Riverboat Casino Gala, contact Lyndsey Hayden at 276-378-1206 or HaydenLP@msha.com.


Monday, January 30, 2017

Auditions set for 2017’s "Broadway Comes to Greeneville"

Beginning Feb. 7, auditions will take place across the region for this year’s “Broadway Comes to Greeneville.” Youth ages 7 to 17 can audition to be cast in the annual event, which is a production of the Mountain States Foundation and presenting sponsor Consumer Credit Union.

 

Now in its sixth year, “Broadway Comes to Greeneville” raises awareness for Niswonger Children’s Hospital.

 

The cast will have the opportunity to perform alongside Broadway stars, who will be traveling to Greeneville to create a Broadway-style show featuring the selected area youth talent. David Elder (“Guys and Dolls,” “42nd Street”), Gary Mauer (“The Phantom of the Opera,” “Les Miserables”), Elizabeth Southard (“The Phantom of the Opera,” “The Sound of Music”) and Emily Skinner (“Jekyll & Hyde,” “Billy Elliot,” “Side Show”) will be performing at the event on Sunday, April 30, at 3 p.m. at Niswonger Performing Arts Center (NPAC) in Greeneville, Tenn.

 

Any youth interested in auditioning should prepare a classical song, country song or Broadway song to perform for the judges. There will be a one-minute performance time for each vocalist, and for convenience, there will be a wireless speaker, piano and CD player available at each audition. However, if vocalists want to use an accompanist, they will need to bring their own. Vocalists can only audition once.

 

Audition times and locations are listed below.

  • Tuesday, Feb. 7, 5:30 p.m. – East Tennessee State University, Martha Street Culp Auditorium, D.P. Culp Center, Johnson City, Tenn.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 21, 5:30 p.m. – Annie Hogan Byrd Theatre, Tusculum College, Greeneville, Tenn.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 28, 5:30 p.m. – Barter Theatre, Stage II, 110 W. Main St., Abingdon, Va. 

For more information about the production of “Broadway Comes to Greeneville” or the auditions, please contact Cookie McKinney at 423-431-1224.

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Barnes & Noble to donate percentage of sales from Dec. 10-16 to Niswonger Children's Hospital; kickoff event set for Saturday

The kickoff event on Saturday, Dec. 10, will go from 10 a.m.-noon with lots of fun and kids' activities.

 


Monday, May 23, 2016

Covered Bridge 5K Run and 3K Walk coming up June 11 to benefit SSH Foundation; registration open

 ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. – The annual Covered Bridge 5K Run and 3K Walk benefiting Sycamore Shoals Hospital Foundation is set for Saturday, June 11, at 8 a.m. Registration will be located in the heart of downtown at the City Hall parking lot on Hattie Avenue between Riverside and Sycamore streets. Both races will finish at the same location after crossing through the historic covered bridge.

 All proceeds from the race benefit the SSH Foundation, which helps to fund needed equipment, supplies and programs for Sycamore Shoals Hospital. Last year 285 people participated in the 5K run and 3K walk, and $6,100 was raised for patient needs at SSH.

 The course is fairly flat with slightly rolling hills so it should be a good course for a PR.

 Participants can pre-register for the race through June 5 at runtricities.org under the “Event Calendar.” The discounted early registration fee for the Covered Bridge run is $20 through June 3, and $25 from June 4 through race day. T-shirts are guaranteed for pre-registrants and will be available, while supplies last, for those registering after June 3.

 Late registration for both events and packet pick-up for pre-registered participants will be held on Friday, June 10, from 5-7 p.m. and on race day from 6:30-7:30 a.m. at the City Hall parking lot on Hattie Avenue.

 After the race, awards will be given at the Covered Bridge Festival stage for the top overall male and female runners and walkers and also for the top three in each age group.  The race is sponsored by Sycamore Shoals Hospital, CenturyLink, Citi, and Watauga Lakeshore Marina and Resort. For more information, contact Sharon Sheppard at 423-542-1338 or at sheppardsf@msha.com.


Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Covered Bridge 5K Run/3K Walk coming up June 13

 ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. – The annual Covered Bridge 5K Run and 3K Walk benefiting Sycamore Shoals Hospital Foundation is set for Saturday, June 13, at 8 a.m. Parking and registration will be located in the heart of downtown at the City Hall parking lot on Hattie Avenue between Riverside and Sycamore streets. Both races will finish at the same location after crossing through the historic covered bridge.

 All proceeds from the race benefit the SSH Foundation, which helps to fund needed equipment, supplies and programs for Sycamore Shoals Hospital. Last year, more than 400 people participated and nearly $12,000 was raised for patient needs at SSH.

 Participants can pre-register for the race through June 5 at www.werunevents.com or at www.mshafoundation.org/events/covered-bridge-run.

 The discounted early registration fee for the Covered Bridge run is $20 through June 5, and $25 from June 6 through race day. Moisture-wicking, technical T-shirts are guaranteed for pre-registrants, and will be available, while supplies last, for those registering after June 5.

 Late registration for both events and packet pick-up for pre-registered participants will be held on Friday, June 12, from 5-7 p.m. and on race day from 6:30-7:30 a.m. at the City Hall parking lot on Hattie Avenue.

After the race, awards will be given at the Covered Bridge Festival stage for the top overall male and female runners and also for the top three runners in each age group.  The race is sponsored by Sycamore Shoals Hospital, Citi, Watauga Lakeshore Marina and Resort, and CenturyLink. For more information, contact Sharon Sheppard at (423) 542-1338 or at sheppardsf@msha.com.


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Youth talent lineup set for 'Broadway Comes to Greeneville’ on April 25

 GREENEVILLE, Tenn. – Niswonger Children’s Hospital’s annual Broadway-style benefit concert is coming up April 25, and the youth talent lineup has been selected following auditions around the region. The winners will perform onstage along with four Broadway professionals.

 The event, put on by Mountain States Foundation and presenting sponsor Consumer Credit Union, will be at 7:30 p.m. at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $25, $30 or $35 depending on the seating section.

 Formerly known as “One Singular Sensational Evening,” the production features performances by Broadway professionals David Elder, Gary Mauer, Elizabeth Southard and Tony Award-winner Beth Leavel, as well as by local youth talent.

 “We really have a terrific Broadway cast and it is such a superb performance. It’s a great event for the children’s hospital,” said Cookie McKinney, manager for Children’s Initiatives at Niswonger Children’s Hospital.

 Five featured student performers and 14 ensemble cast members will perform at the show. They were chosen through a series of youth auditions held at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Sullins Academy Music Room in Bristol, Va., and at Tusculum College’s Annie Hogan Bird Theatre, Greeneville.

 One of the five featured youth performers will be chosen as this year’s talent search overall winner. Featured performers are:

  • Jackson Beddingfield, Eastview Elementary School
  • James “Davis” Hayman, Science Hill High School
  • Alexis Heath, Hunter Elementary School
  • Maya Lee Lowery, Emmett Elementary School
  • Rachel Locke, Virginia High School

 The youth ensemble includes: Kailee Amburgey, David Crockett High School; Emma Baxter, Lake Ridge Elementary School; Ruth Cinnamon, Jefferson Elementary School; Madeline Howe, Dobyns-Bennett High School; Grace Johnson, His Way Christian Academy; Noah Johnson, His Way Christian Academy; LeeAnn Mazzei, University School; Madison McClelland, Providence Academy; Baleigh McKeehan, Fairmont Elementary School; Mary Catherine Morrell, Sullins Academy; Catherine Phillips, University School; Tiffany Reinhardt, Grandview Elementary School; Kasi-Samantha Russell, Home School; Ellie Morgan Walters, Indian Trail Intermediate School; and Reilly Wild-Williams, University School.

 “My heartfelt thanks to our kids, their parents, our Broadway stars, our sponsors, our volunteers and all our guests,” McKinney said. “It will be a memorable evening for everyone and for Niswonger Children’s Hospital!”

 For more information or to purchase tickets, call NPAC at 423-638-1679 or visit www.NPACgreeneville.com, or call Mountain States Foundation at 423-302-3131.


Friday, February 20, 2015

Postponed youth audition for "Broadway Comes to Greeneville" rescheduled for March 4 at ETSU

 JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. -- The recently postponed youth talent audition for "Broadway Comes to Greeneville" has been rescheduled for Wednesday, March 4, at 5:30 p.m. in Mathes Hall, Room 107, at East Tennessee State University.

 The ETSU audition was originally scheduled for Feb. 18 before bad weather forced it to be postponed..

 Other upcoming auditions are set for March 11, 5:30 p.m., at Sullins Academy Music Room, Bristol, Va., and March 18, 5:30 p.m., at Tusculum College, Greeneville, Tenn., Annie Hogan Bird Theatre.

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