By CHAD ABSHIRE
WILLIAMSON - The working poor families of the area have not been forgotten. At least by one organization.
The Tug Valley Friendship Foundation (TVFF), a non-profit organization established in the Appalachian Mountains, works to impact the lives of the low-income, working poor families of the region.
Their latest venture into assisting struggling families will be next Saturday, when the TVFF will hold its eighth Annual Christmas in the Tug Valley dinner and auction, scheduled Nov. 12, at the Williamson Fire Department, beginning at 5:30 p.m. An auction will immediately follow the dinner.
With a ticket cost of $25, people can enjoy this celebrity dinner and auction, where civic, business, and political leaders, from the region serve as waiters and waitresses. All proceeds from the event provide gifts and clothing at Christmas and assist families throughout the year with emergency situations that arise.
The president of TVFF, Mike Carter, spoke with the Daily News regarding next weeks event.
Were an unheard secret, Carter said. But this dinner brings in around $50,000 to $60,000 each time we hold it.
Carter said that TVFF tries to locate children who are part of the working poor, and that it doesnt just mean families who are on welfare or receiving government assistance.
We help families who work and still struggle.
He cited, as an example, a divorced, single mother who works and still has financial troubles or a lowlife dad who wont work.
We help around 400 to 450 children a year, Carter said.
He said that in earlier years of the event, 400 people were in attendance, but that numbers recently have been lower. Regardless, TVFF still tries to spend at least $100 on every child located for Christmas, he said.
Tickets to football games, like West Virginia University and Marshall University, were typically up for auction, and sometimes Pittsburgh Steelers games, really good seats too, Carter said.
But its not just sports tickets up for auction; electronics, such as iPads are up for auction as well, along with many more items.
Established in 2003, The Tug Valley Friendship Foundation is a group of concerned individuals who came together, wanting to provide assistance to children who are often overlooked. They also provide assistance to those who have low income employment and do not qualify for state assistance, whether the circumstances be temporary or permanent.
These arent basic items, these are really nice items for helping a good cause, Carter said.
For more information, visit www.tugvalleyfriendshipfoundation.com.