What would you do with your Referral Fee??

Well, for one of our Abby Glenn Residents, she knew exactly where she wanted to spend her $250 referral fee….she made a donation to Special Olympics!  

Mery Gotterup is a long time resident of Abby Glenn and was glad to tell her co-worker how much she enjoyed living in our Community.  Abby Glenn was happy to say Thank You with a whopping $250 Referral Fee!!!  Wow!!  That’s great money just for telling someone you like where you live!

We were very touched when we found out that Mery chose to donate her $250 to help support sending a basketball team to the 2014 Special Olympics games.  BUT, not only did she donate her referral fee, she is continuing to help raise their total cost of $7,850 to get the team to the New Jersey games this Summer.  I asked Mery to send me more information about the team and their Quest For The Gold!  Please take time to read their story below and donate if you are able.  

The 2014 Special Olympics USA Games will be hosted by New Jersey June 14-21, 2014. Nearly 3,500 athletes will compete in 16 Olympic-style team and individual sports, with the support of 1,000 coaches, 10,000 volunteers and an estimated 70,000 spectators. The 2014 Special Olympics USA Games will celebrate the Special Olympics movement, promote the ideals of acceptance and inclusion through sport and showcase athletes from throughout the U.S. and the abilities of people with intellectual disabilities. The Marion County Special Olympics Basketball Team, Tennessee Tigers, has been chosen to attend these games.  Ten athletes are on the team and need assistance to travel to the games. The cost that each participant is responsible for is $785.  The Special Olympics pays the rest of the costs. The total cost is $7,850. 

The team has a rich history of 21 years.  The team was started by Mary Bowling with two of the original players Holly Nunley and Kim Hill who are still active players on the team pictured above.  Holly’s mother Phyllis has coached the team for the last 15 years.  When this journey began, these four ladies had a goal to eventually play hard enough to play in the USA games for the Special Olympics.  This dream has now become reality.  The community of Whitwell, Tennessee has supported this team to go to Chattanooga and Nashville for regional games.  Taking the team to New Jersey is not possible with local fundraising so we are asking for your help and support. 

A letter of thanks will be sent to each donor, individual or business, from Special Olympics Tennessee office that can be used for tax purposes.  An ad will be taken out in the Chattanooga Times Free Press to thank each donor.  Checks or money orders should be made payable to Area 4 Special Olympics and can be mailed to Judy Rogers, Director of Area 4 Special Olympics, 250 Layne Rd., Soddy-Daisy, TN  37379.  PLEASE MAKE SURE THE MEMO ON THE CHECK OR MONEY ORDER HAS FOR MARION COUNTY SPECIAL OLYMPICS BASKETBALL TEAM.  This will ensure the money goes to their specific team to help make their dream come true.  Contact Mery Gotterup, Fundraising Chairman with any questions at meryg52@outlook.com. 

The player’s ages range from early 20s to 40s and all play with such caring for each other and amazing dedication.  With the life struggles that these fine young adult athletes have had to face, this is an incredible opportunity. This is a dream of a lifetime!  Thank you for any help that you can provide to allow this team go from regional champions to Special Olympics.  Deadline for fundraiser is April 30th.


Family and Friends of the Marion County Special Olympics Basketball Team for 2014




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