The West Tennessee Woodturners booth at the Jackson International Food & Arts Festival was a very active site this year. In addition to live turning demonstrations the club provided a large array of turned pieces for display and for sale. Proceeds from the sales totaled over $1500, all of which will be donated to the local Le Bonheur Children's Hospital. The value of the unsold merchandise is estimated to be worth $850 to $1000. These items will also be given to the hospital for future fundraisers. In all seventy-five wood turned items were donated by club members, not including the spinning tops.
Ronnie Goff observed "What I found astounding is how fascinated the children were with the old fashioned spinning tops! They were mesmerized by them! Often dragging their mommas back to our tent to donate some change so they could have a top. While we take it for granted, some of these kids have never seen or heard of simple toys."
I can't say enough about how proud I am of our club and how they pitched in to make this a success. This really speaks well for the club and has gained us a lot of respect in the community.
Thanks to all of you who participated.
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Photography by Jerry Dawson