Lakeside Resort Educational Students to Host Fundraising Event for UCHRA Residential Centers

May 20, 2011
by: 
Randy Wilder
Bob Sotis, Class Instructor;  Toby Peterman, Class Vice-President; Melanie Capli

“Each semester a new group of students taking the Lakeside Resort Educational class known as the Professional Resort and Quantity Food Management Program, are challenged to create a class name and class project.” commented Milburn Rodgers, General Manager of Lakeside Resort. “Under the guidance of Bob Sotis, class instructor, this semester’s class chose “Great Expectations” and developed a class project that will help fund the Upper Cumberland Human Resources Agency’s (UCHRA) three residential centers.”

On Sunday May 22nd, 2:00- 6:00 pm, the class will host “ARISE” (A Real Investment in Student Education), at the Lakeside Resort located on Center Hill Lake near Smithville, TN. This fund raising effort will go to support expenses incurred as the centers travel to perform at various churches and functions in the Upper Cumberland region. The students perform interpretive dance and sign language to numerous contemporary Christian songs under the guidance of Ms. Faye Fuqua, the music director for all three centers. Boys and girls from the Chance Residential Centers will be performing during the program on Sunday.

“If you ever get to see our youth perform, it will touch your heart and soul,” stated Phyllis Bennett, UCHRA’s Executive Director, “and as for the students in the Lakeside Educational program to want to help others, it shows the kind of character we love having displayed from people using our programs.”

The three Residential Centers, Chance for girls in Putnam County, Youth Impact Center for boys in Cumberland County and Indian Mound home for boys in DeKalb County have served youth in State’s custody from all 14 Upper Cumberland counties and several counties outside our region. These homes give the youth an opportunity to find a life free from the many problems they face in today’s society.

“Our hope is this may turn into a yearly event.” said Randy Shelton, Lakeside’s Sales, Marketing, and Education Coordinator, “It makes us proud our students chose to use their project as an opportunity to help other programs.”
Tickets are priced at $30 each or two for $50 and include an afternoon of live entertainment, door prizes, auction, and a meal prepared by the students of the food program. The tickets are available at Lakeside Resort, UCHRA’s main office on Jefferson Avenue, or from staff members of the residential centers. Tickets may also be purchased at the door. For more information or to donate items for the auction, call the main office at 931-528-1127 or Lakeside Resort at 1-888-839-4799.

This class is funded in part by Tennessee Tech, TN Labor and Workforce Development and UCHRA.

CUTLINE: The Professional Resort and Quantity Food Management Program Class of Spring 2011 have chosen as a class project to host a fundraising event for UCHRA’s Residential Centers. Instrumental in the planning are: (l to r) Bob Sotis, Class Instructor; Toby Peterman, Class Vice-President; Melanie Caplinger, Class President; and Randy Shelton, Lakeside’s Sales, Marketing, and Education Coordinator.

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