Fundraising for the annual Cops for Kids event starts next weekend.
Last year Cops for Kids took 62 children Christmas shopping. This allowed kids, who would otherwise have had nothing, to buy Christmas presents for themselves and their families.
The first annual Cops for Kids fundraiser at Rock Creek Park was announced by Lewisburg Police Department Lieutenant Rebekah Mitchell last week. It will be held on Saturday, Aug. 15, at Rock Creek Park, starting with registration for a 5K Run-Walk at 6 a.m. The run begins at 7 a.m. and will go along the walking trail, take a loop around Lone Oak Cemetery, and return along the trail to Rock Creek Park. An entry fee will be charged for the run-walk, but all participants will receive a tee shirt, and trophies will be awarded.
After the run-walk, starting at 9 a.m., the park will be open for children to enjoy playing on inflatables, climbing a rock wall, and dunking police officers, city officials and other notables in a dunk tank.
Lunch - a choice of hot dogs, hamburgers, or barbecue, plus chips, drink, and dessert - will be served.
At 1 p.m. an auction of donated items will start, with Cornersville High School principal Bob Edens acting as auctioneer.
Lt. Mitchell says the auction will include baked goods prepared by police officers or their spouses. Among the many donated items are Nashville Superspeedway tickets; autographed items from Cortland Finnegan, Daryl Whorley, and Lane Kiffin; a Holland grill from Coble Furniture Center; children's bicycles and bike helmets; and gift certificates and gift baskets from many local businesses. Mitchell is even hoping for the donation of autographed guitars from George Jones and Alan Jackson.
An admission fee will be charged, but once a child has paid, all activities and the lunch are free. Lt. Mitchell reports that she has obtained sponsorships for everything, so 100 percent of the money raised on Saturday goes towards Cops for Kids this Christmas.