Don't be slow like a turtle; rush out
and buy one!
The third annual Dynasty Spas Turtle
Tumble, sponsored by Aeroflex USA, Inc., is scheduled to take place
on Saturday, Oct. 20, at 3 p.m. at Kefauver Park in Madisonville.
Up to 10,000 rubber turtles will be
dropped into the lake and seven lucky turtles will cross the finish
line as winners of more than $15,000 worth of prizes for their "adopted humans."
This year's grand prize is $6,000,
donated by Aeroflex USA, Inc. Second place will receive $3,000, third
place will take home a deluxe six-person spa donated by Dynasty Spas,
fourth place will pocket $1,500 provided by Madisonville Petals & Gifts, fifth place will add a new flat screen television to their
home courtesy of Mason Furniture & Appliances, sixth place will
dine on pizza for a year from Domino's of Sweetwater, and seventh
place will wear home a Citizen Eco-Drive watch donated by Gold & Diamonds Direct.
The Turtle Tumble is the largest
fundraiser of the year for the Boys and Girls Club of the Monroe
"With these proceeds we are able to
serve more than 1,000 youth every year," said Executive Director
Jamison Sliger. "This service ranges from 21st Century Learning to
College Readiness/Career Launch for Teens."
There are six club sites in Monroe
"Our six club sites ensure that the
young people who need us most are provided a safe place, caring and
professional staff, unique opportunities and most of all, fun on a
daily basis," said Sliger.
The Boys & Girls Club of the Monroe
Area has a mission to help prepare children and teenagers in the
local community for a responsible, productive future.
"Fundraisers such as this help us
complete that initiative," said Sliger.
Adults 18 years of age and older can
adopt a turtle for $5 to be entered into the Turtle Tumble. There are
also bulk adoption incentives, which give a person a free turtle
adoption with every five adoptions purchased.
Turtles can be adopted in a variety of
locations throughout Monroe County, including the event sponsors' locations, and in some businesses in surrounding counties. Adoptions
may also be purchased at all six Boys & Girls Club sites, and
online at www.monroecountyturtlerace.com.
The following are sponsors for the
Turtle Tumble: Dynasty Spas, Aeroflex USA, Inc., Blount Memorial
Health Center in Tellico West, Madisonville Petals & Gifts,
Donna's Old Town Cafe, Mason Furniture & Appliances, The Lily Pad
Boutique, Jacky Jones Ford, Dupont, Sullins Eye Care, Smiley Family
Chiropractic & Wellness Center, KFC (Madisonville), A&W,
Domino's Pizza (Sweetwater), Sweetwater Valley Oil Company, Valley
Printers and Mail-It, Inc., Gold & Diamonds Direct, and Hometown
Medical Clinic. Media sponsors include The Advocate & Democrat,
The Monroe County Buzz, Monroe Life Magazine and Lamar Advertising.
Additional adoption locations include
Alcoa Tenn Federal Credit Union, Athens Federal Bank, Capital Bank,
Citizens National Bank, FSG Bank, ORNL Federal Credit Union, Peoples
Bank, Regions Bank, Volunteer Federal, United Community Bank, Sloan's
of Vonore, Monroe County Chamber of Commerce, Monroe County Animal
Hospital and M Salon.
This year, purchasing turtles will help
area non-profit organizations, in addition to the Boys & Girls
Club of the Monroe Area. For every $5 adoption sold by a group, their
organization will receive $1 back into their own funds.
"This opportunity is a way for us to
reach more potential turtle adopters and will benefit those
organizations, as well," said Sliger.
Approved organizations selling turtle
adoptions include: Monroe Area Council for the Arts (MACA), Monroe
County Alcohol & Drug Task Force, Friends of Girl Scouts and
Brown Hill Church Youth Group. Other non-profit organizations
interested in selling adoptions should contact the Boys & Girls
Club Administrative Office at 423-442-6770.
Look for mascot Tucker the Turtle and
the 15-foot turtle balloon for additional places to purchase
adoptions. If you would like to have a turtle souvenir, turtles can
be purchased for $5 at any Turtle Tent.
"Without the generosity of all of our
supporters, including sponsors, donors, volunteers and every person
purchasing a turtle adoption, we would not be able to do the things
we do every day with the children in this county," said Sliger. "I
want to personally thank everyone that adopts a turtle and wish them
good luck at the Tumble! Through each adoption, you are buying stock
in a child's future."
In addition to the Turtle Tumble, The
Advocate & Democrat is sponsoring a drawing and coloring contest
for youth. The coloring contest is divided into two groups: K-2nd grades and 3rd-5th grades.
The drawing contest is divided into two
groups: 6th-8th grades and 9th-12th grades.
The perimeter of the drawing contest
must contain Tucker the Turtle doing an activity related to water or
Kefauver Park (i.e. waterskiing or playing baseball) and it must be
The page for the coloring contest is
found within the pages of The Advocate & Democrat.
Entries for both contests can be
returned to the newspaper's office or the main office of the Boys & Girls Club of the Monroe Area, located at 615 Warren Street in
No profanity, gang affiliation or
illicit activities can be portrayed. Submissions that are deemed
suggestive or illicit will be removed from the contest.
Only one entry per person. Participants
must be 18 or younger to win.
The deadline to enter is Oct. 10.
Winner will run in the newspaper on Oct. 13. The prize will be a
Turtle Tumble T-shirt and a goody bag.
For more information about the Turtle
Tumble or the Boys & Girls Club of the Monroe Area, call
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