The staff and people served by local nonprofit Journeys in Community Living would like to thank Rutherford County Mayor Ernest Burgess for being this year's Mystery Guest in association with the 2015 Fall Social for people with intellectual disabilities.
It was Burgess who donned the garb of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle character Michelangelo in an effort to raise funds for the nonprofit. Members of the community were invited to guess on www.journeystn.org for a chance to win prizes, including an autographed photo of Country Music star Charlie Daniels.
"The mayor was a very good sport through the entire process, and we would like to thank him for giving back to the community, as he has done for many years now," said Journeys Development Coordinator Mark Bell.
Journeys had around 100 people with intellectual disabilities attend the Fall Social, which was held this past Friday, Oct. 23 at Dance Murfreesboro. The space was donated by Becky and Steve Lanham of Dance Murfreesboro.
The event was sponsored by First Vision Bank and several local media outlets, including WGNS Radio, The Daily News Journal and the Murfreesboro Post, who helped get the word out about the contest ahead of the event.
Those who would like to show their thanks for Burgess' contribution to the event are encouraged to donate to Journeys either by sending a check to the Development Department, 1130 Haley Rd., Murfreesboro, TN or by going to Journeys donation page online. Those wishing to donate via phone may do so by calling Mark Bell at 615-295-3046.
Previous Release Prior to Mayor Burgess being Named:
Local nonprofit Journeys in Community Living is happy to announce that the Second Annual "Guess Who" Website is now live in connection with their 2015 Fall Social for people with intellectual disabilities, scheduled for Oct. 23 at Dance Murfreesboro!
Be sure to visit www.journeystn.org/events.html today to participate in this year's contest and guess who's behind the mask of that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles costume.
Who has donned the garb of Michelangelo? Journeys will never tell before the event, but they will give you hints on the Web site over the next several days. Be sure to donate $5 via the Paypal link on the site form to make sure your guess gets counted towards winning a prize!
Full contest rules and details are on the Web site.
This year's grand prize is an autographed photograph of country music legend Charlie Daniels. Other prizes will be announced as we near the end date of the contest.
Journeys invites anyone to guess without donating as well (you just won't be eligible for a prize). Every $5 donation will go towards Journeys' mission of helping adults with intellectual disabilities live more independent lives.
Journeys said they owe a big thank you to First Vision Bank for sponsoring this year's 2015 Fall Social for people with disabilities and the Guess Who Contest! A big thank you to Dance Murfreesboro owners Becky and Steve Lanham for hosting this year's event for the third year in a row! And thank you to Al Gordon-Larry Ralston photography for the assistance they'll be offering on the night of the event!
This year's contest is open now through Oct. 23, 2015.