"Family Fun Day" event benefits couple's adoption

Posted on: June 6, 2012

Tennessee Wesleyan College will be co-sponsoring "Family Fun Day" on June 16.

Tennessee Wesleyan College will be co-sponsoring “Family Fun Day” on June 16. All proceeds from the event will go toward Madisonville residents Michael and Kim Byrum’s adoption expenses as they prepare to adopt their second child. The event will feature carnival-style games that will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on TWC’s Wesley Commons Lawn. Children and community members can play games at the event for both fun and the chance to win raffle tickets that go toward various prizes ranging from Six Flags and University of Tennessee football tickets to restaurant gift cards.

“We currently have over $2,000 in prizes,” said Kim, who adopted her first child Eli with her husband Michael two and a half years ago.

Michael, who works at Heil Trailer in Athens, and Kim, who works for Dr. Charles, Pesce, DDS in Athens, tried for 15 years to have a child before adopting Eli. When Kim and her husband began discussing the adoption of a second child, they brainstormed ideas for fundraising to help them with the adoption expenses.

“The idea for ‘Family Fun Day’ came to me one day when we were talking about fundraising,” said Kim, whose child will be adopted from Haiti. “My husband's biggest fear was we wouldn't have anyone donate prizes but people have been so generous and supportive it touches my heart. Family, friends and our church family at Glenlock Baptist Church in Sweetwater have come together to help us run this event.”

“Family Fun Day” has been designed to allow families and community members to participate in the games and events by buying a $20 card that gives them access to the games and raffles. Concessions will also be offered throughout the day.

“At the end of the day we will draw for all the prizes,” said Kim, who will also be selling t-shirts with her personal family slogan, “Love Knows No Borders.” “You don't have to be present to win. We are going to ask everyone to list their name and phone number on the raffle ticket.”

TWC is helping sponsor “Family Fun Day” by offering the venue location and providing maintenance items such as tables and chairs.

“There has been a wonderful response from the local community with an outreach of support,” said Ginger Murphy, who is Kim’s sister and TWC’s director of student activities.  “People have unselfishly and eagerly donated prizes and/or volunteered their time to help with the event.  As a TWC alum and staff member, I am excited and proud to lend our support to help make the event a success.”


PRIZES:

 $25 Gas Card-Sloan Center

$80 Gift Cert/facial & massage-Hollywood Body & Spa

UT Tailgate Grill-Lacey Watson

Avon Gift Basket-Kim Atchley

Thirty One Gifts-Candi Gee

Photography Gift Cert-TLC Photography

Gift Cert/Hair-Kristi McDaniel @ Tellico Styles

Gift Cert/Hair-Laycon Reed @ Scissors & Combs

Gift Cert/Hair-Brooke Harris @ The Gallery

Shirts,CDs-J103

Autographed CDs, books, & merch-Casting Crowns

1 day play pass-Wee Bounce

Gift basket-Kelley Jamerson

Mary Kaye Gift Basket-Nikki Edgemon

CDs/gifts-WJB2 96.3

CDs/gifts-WJKQ 97.5

Family Day Pass-Purdy's Petting Zoo

CDs & Family 4 pack to Six Flags-WRKQ Madisonville

Premier Jewelry Gift Cert-Marney Cole

Gift Cert-Bojangles/Rick & Lisa Mays

Salon Gift Basket - Betty @ Styles & Files

CDs/gifts - Lifeway Christian Book Store

Gift Cert - Ingid Cooley @ European Flair

Gift Cert - Michael's Restaurant

Gift Cert - Angela's Deli

Gift Cert - BJ's Snack Bar

UT football tickets - Dionne Wood @ Dairy Barn

Tshirt & free ice cream - Dairy Barn

Free Car washes-New Generation Car Wash

Free Trial membership - Snap Fitness

1 month free tanning membership- Accessory Lady

6 month family membership - YMCA

CDs & tshirts - US101

Salon Products gift basket - Natalie Coleman

Diaper Cake - Whitney Hernandez

Autographed CD - Geoff Moore

UT football tickets - UT Atheltics Dept

2 free passes - Ripley's Aquarium

Gift Cert - Applebees

1/2 hour massage - Athens Therapuetic Massage

1/2 hour massage - Bella Spa

Gift Cert- Western Sizzlin

Gift Cert - Buddy's BBQ

Scentsy & Lemongrass Spa gift cert- Karen Carey

Free Oil Changes - Matlock Tire

$100 Walmart Gift Card - Heil Trailer

Gift Cert - Shoneys

Gift Cert - Ruby Tuesday

$65 gift cert - The Portrait Shoppe

Gift Cert - Jenkins

Autographed CD & gifts - Toby Mac

Autographed CD & gifts - Big Daddy Weave

Gift Cert - Gondelier

CDs- The Gaithers

2 free admission passes - Wonder Works

Autographed CD - Chris Tomlin

Scrapbooking Gift Bag - Cyndy Gilpin w/ Creative Memories

Autographed CD - Mark Shultz

Autographed CD - Aaron Shultz

Paul Mitchell Gift Bags - Jessica Bautsch

White Water Rafting passes - Bryan Burchfield @ WDEH

Lake Winnepesauka passes - Bryan Burchfield @ WDEH

$30 Gift Certificate - Mike Handley @ Buckmasters

Plus more