It’s time for the Wood County Child Protection Board’s 4th annual Tips for Tots fundraiser. The event is set for 4-8 p.m. Aug. 6 at AJ’s Fish House Restaurant on Highway 17 just south of FM 515.
Waiters will be some of Wood County’s finest “celebrities” including educators, ministers and some elected officials. All of their tips will go into the night’s fundraising program. There will also be a live auction, raffle and bake sale to add to the festivities.
Child Welfare Board President Sam Scroggins is looking forward to an exciting evening.
“Tips for Tots is a great event for the entire family. For starters, it features the amazing all-you-can-eat catfish and shrimp at AJ’s. Our celebrity waiters bend over backwards t provide all comers with excellent service and to earn their tips,” Scroggins said. “There is also a live auction with some cool items donated by area merchants as well as pies and cakes prepared by some of Wood County’s fines pastry chefs. We will also raffle off a Henry Golden Boy rifle which is widely recognized as a gunsmith masterpiece.”
At last year’s event, 609 meals were served and the net profit was over $22,000. Tips from the waiters brought in more than $7,000 with the rest of the money from sponsorships, the raffle, live auction, the bake sale and other miscellaneous donations.
All funds from the event’s sponsor donations, waiter tips, live auction raffle and bake sale will be used to support Wood County children who are under the supervision and care of the Child Protective Services (CPS). The Wood County Child Protection Board adds additional financial support beyond that covered by the state’s foster care funding.
Support includes a $100 initial clothing allowance for each child removed from their home to help get necessary clothing until the foster system begins funding. There is a $200 allowance to help with back to school clothing and school supplies for each school-age child in CPS care.
An average of $200 for each child in foster care is also provided to get the top items on the child’s Christmas wish list as well as a party with Santa to deliver their gifts. An age-appropriate allowance is given for each child to spend as they wish. Each also gets birthday money of $25 to spend as they wish.
The board also often helps cover special requests for help with items such as senior rings, prom activities, summer camp fees, beds, infant equipment and other items needed to help provide a “normal” life for these children. Support and maintenance also goes to the Rainbow Room, which is open round the clock, for emergency clothing and to supplement needed items not donated.
Scroggins said the event helps with needed financial support. “The operating cost for the Rainbow room and foster children’s financial support is well over $60,00 annually. There is no state or federal funding available to cover these costs so the board is dependent upon donations and fundraisers. Tips for Tots provides a major boost in helping defray these costs. We hope all Monitor readers will consider coming out to enjoy some AJ’s great catfish and a fun evening that ultimately benefits many of wood County’s less fortunate children.”
There are three sponsorship levels for the event. A $500 Gold Level sponsor will get a reserved table for up to eight diners and will receive four buffet tickets. At the Gold Level, a sponsor will receive top billing in media and print material along with continuous recognition during the event. A company may display their own promotional materials at the event.
At the $300 level Silver Level, the sponsor ‘s company logo will be displayed prominently during the event and will include three buffet tickets and recognition in the event’s print and media materials. The sponsor can also display their own promotional material.
The $200 Bronze Level contribution will get the sponsor two buffet tickets and recognition in the event’s media and print material. The sponsorship will be recognized during the event and they can display their own promotional items.
For more information contact Scroggins at 903-497-6887 or any board member. Those members are: Sally Attaway, Leigh Donahue, Tracy Edwards, Marlene Horn, Karyn Margos, Sandy Narkiewicz, Lindsey Peterson, Kelley Price, Mary Pruett, Lisa Rockhill, Kristi Wharton and Scroggins.