Monday, April 18, 2005

from a flyer for the Thomas Jefferson Cockram Memorial Benefit & food drive

Hi folks, this is from a flyer I picked up at Harvest Moon in Floyd:

Thomas Jefferson Cockram Memorial Benefit
Sunday, May 1, 2005
Meadows of Dan, VA

Tommy Cockram was a familiar figure in Meadows of Dan. Daily, he walked up and down Rt. 58, picking up trash and cans thrown out by an uncaring public. Tommy would take the aluminum cans down to Stuart for recylcing. The money he received from this he would give to help those he fest were in greater need than he.

To honor the memory of this remarkable man, and to continue the good work he diligently did, Appalachian Mountain Gourmet Inc. has organized a benefit memorial in his name.

The funds raised for this benefit will go directly to 'Safety Rope", a charitable organization in Patrick County. Its primary purpose is to provide financial assistance to those residents of Patrick County whose needs cannot or are not being met from other sources. 'Safety Rope" in particular assists those people who do not qualify for state or government assistance, yet are still having difficulty in obtaining necessities like shelter, heat, clothing, and medical care. 'Safety Rope' assists those who, in Tommy's words, "Are up against it".

The Thomas Jefferson Cockram Memorial Benefit will take place on Suday, May 1, 2005 at Christopher's Pizza in Meadows of Dan, VA. The musical entertainment begins at 11:00 am, with opening ceremonies provided by Tommy's home post, the Meadows of Dan VFW Post 8467, the PCHS Junior ROTC, and the 'Star Spangled Banner" sung by Patty Hazlewood of Stuart, who is also serving as mistress of ceremonies. The line-up includes the Good Intentions, Marshall Brothers & the High Road, Patty Hazlewood, Marcy Horne & Next Step, and will be headlined by special guests Sammy Shelor & Friends. The music & festivities are scheduled to conclude at 5:00 pm.

There is no admission charge for the benefit. Instead of charging an admission fee, we are asking for cash donations or donations of canned and/or dry goods. The canned goods collected will be used to re-stock existing food 0pantries and to provision the new food pantry at Harris Chapel United Methodist Church in Willis, Virginia.

At this time, we have an abundance of vegetables. What we desperately need are proteins. We are asking that you donate canned meats, Ensure, family sized soups, packaged dinners and staples such as flour, cornmeal, and other cooking essentials.

Events on site

Musical entertainment
Bake sale--by the slice, or buy the whole thing
Vendors & crafters of all kinds
Carousel Rides
Cabin tours
Fresh fruit & sugar-free desserts

Come make a memory with us!

for information on Safety Rope, please write to:

Safety Rope, Inc.
PO Box 1439
Stuart, VA 24171