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JACK CONWAY Kentucky Attorney General

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Rachel Dove-Baldwin

Staff Writer

WILLIAMSON — In a continued effort to assist the “working poor” with providing Christmas for their families, members of the Tug Valley Friendship Foundation are hard at work, planning their annual “Christmas in the Tug Valley” dinner and auction that has become a popular event.

According to Ray Scites, the president of the non-profit organization, those who fall into the “working poor” class are individuals that are employed in a minimum wage job or one that pays a little above the $7.25 mark, who struggle to make ends meet on a daily basis but who still choose to work instead of depending on the state for financial support.

“We’ve got a lot of people on the Tug Valley area that work hard trying to make a living, but it takes everything they make just to keep their heads above water,” said Scites. “When the Christmas holiday rolls around, they have little or no money available to purchase presents for their family members. This is who we want to help.”

Area merchants and businesses are asked to donate items to be auctioned off during the event, with all proceeds going to help area families in need. The items may be dropped off at the Southside Mall office anytime between now and Nov. 3. All those who donate will receive recognition for their generosity.

The price for the event scheduled to take place on the 2nd floor of the Williamson Fire Department on Saturday, Nov. 10 beginning at 5:30 p.m. (social hour) will be $25 for an individual ticket, $300 for a table sponsorship (seating for eight) that does not include dinner, or a table sponsorship for the cost of $500 that does include dinner.

“Every penny we make goes toward this project and with the economy being in the shape it is, we will be trying to help more families than ever before,” Scites remarked. “We are encouraging everyone who possibly can to come out and be a part of this event.”

If you are unable to attend and would like to make a monetary contribution, you may do so by either contacting the Southside Mall office at 606-237-1200, or you may mail your check or money order made payable to the Tug Valley Friendship Foundation, to 275 Mall Road, Suite 100, South Williamson, Ky., 41503.

“It’s time for all those who can to step up to the plate and help provide a good Christmas for area families who are struggling,” concluded Scites. “Come out and be with us and do your part to make this happen.”

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