• Participants in the Oct. 17 Cashiers Cares check presentation ceremony at Country Club of Sapphire Valley include, front, from left, Sue Ann Glenn, Sally Stepp, Kathy Cross, Bill Tyler, Pam Kerr, Fred Fischer, Rosemary Peek and Amelia Thompson; and back, same order, Danie Beck, Carolyn Cronin, Judy K. Williams, Barbara Kups, Amanda Kuipers, Melanie Jones, Ashton Harris, Jerry Hermanson, Nancy West, Heather Odom, Nora Jones and Elizabeth Spaulding. (Photo by Don Richeson.)
    Participants in the Oct. 17 Cashiers Cares check presentation ceremony at Country Club of Sapphire Valley include, front, from left, Sue Ann Glenn, Sally Stepp, Kathy Cross, Bill Tyler, Pam Kerr, Fred Fischer, Rosemary Peek and Amelia Thompson; and back, same order, Danie Beck, Carolyn Cronin, Judy K. Williams, Barbara Kups, Amanda Kuipers, Melanie Jones, Ashton Harris, Jerry Hermanson, Nancy West, Heather Odom, Nora Jones and Elizabeth Spaulding. (Photo by Don Richeson.)

Cashiers Cares gives out $98,000 to 10 charities

By Don Richeson / Staff

SAPPHIRE -- The Cashiers-based Cashiers Cares nonprofit organization divided its $98,000 in proceeds from an August fundraiser at Country Club of Sapphire Valley into 10 smaller checks -- each for $9,800 -- and distributed the checks to 10 Jackson County area charities. The distribution came during a special Oct. 17 ceremony at CCSV. The recipients include:

• AWAKE -- it facilitates programs that intervene and protect children of abuse.

• Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the Plateau -- it helps children by providing a one-on one volunteer mentor.

• Blue Ridge Community Clinic (formerly called Blue Ridge Dental Clinic) -- it delivers critical preventative and restorative dental care to low-income families who cannot afford otherwise.

• Clean Slate -- it helps women facing serious life challenges with housing and employment to support their goals for starting a new life.

• Community Care Clinic of Highlands -- a free medical clinic open two days a week to assist  people with their needs of basic health care.

• Fishes and Loaves Food Pantry of Cashiers -- it helps alleviate hunger by providing free healthy and nutritious food to area families who fall below the poverty level.

• Four Seasons Hospice it offers palliative care, emotional and spiritual support for patients and their families in end-of-life scenarios.

• Literary Council of Cashiers -- it supports and promotes literacy from birth through adulthood by  providing books for emerging readers and tutoring in reading and math.

• Safe -- it provides support, respect, intervention and shelter for victims of domestic violence.

• United Christian Ministries of Jackson County -- it ministers to the need of people in times of emergency by providing food, household supplies and personal care items and assist with the cost of rent and utilities.

The $98,000 distribution is the most in the organization’s 10-year history. The money was raised through an Aug. 13 combination golf and croquet event that included a silent auction and dinner before a vigorous live auction that engaged friends and neighbors in bidding for weeks at luxury condos, exotic golf destinations and in-home parties. More than 200 people participated and CCSV management and its members provided support and backing.

“The once in a lifetime event proved to be more successful than we anticipated,” said Cashiers Cares Secretary Danie Beck. “We of Cashiers Cares are more than appreciative to everyone at CCSV for their generous contributions.”

Cashiers Cares’ motto is “Neighbor Helping Neighbor” according to Beck. “We are a 100 percent volunteer organization and donate all the proceeds we receive to our charities,” she said.

In addition to Beck, its other officers include Chairman Pam Kerr and Treasurer Amanda Kuipers and its board members are Mary Jane Bills, Debbie Bennet, Barry Caponi, Nora Jones, David Wallace and Judy King Williams.

“Since our inception, we count on the continued support of three area churches for financial and mail out name data lists contributions each year -- Cashiers United Methodist Church, St. Jude Catholic Church and Church of the Good Shepherd,” Beck said.

With the $98,000 from CCSV event, Cashiers Cares has now raised more than $290,000 for the community. For information or to make a contribution, visit http://cashierscares.org/ or email pbk354@gmail.com.

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