Great community events upcoming
by Jack McNeely
Feb 09, 2014 | 733 views | 0 0 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Jack McNeely
Jack McNeely
I hear people frequently say there is little to do in Walker County this time of year. I beg to differ.

There are two fun community fundraisers on the horizon – the annual Jasper Rotary Club Trivia Night is slated for Thursday, Feb. 20, while the annual Hope Clinic Casino Night is set for Saturday, March 1.


Kevin Callahan, manager of both Honda and Hyundai of Jasper, spearheads the local Rotary club’s annual fundraiser for local scholarships. I applaud Kevin’s ongoing community service; it’s one of the reasons that Honda of Jasper will be named one of the most community-involved businesses in our upcoming Readers’ Choice Awards results section to be published Thursday, Feb. 27.

Meanwhile, businesses may sponsor an eight-member team to participate in the Trivia Night event for only $150 or sign up individually for $20. Teams may set up their tables at the CHS building in Jasper starting at 6 p.m. The first question will be asked at 7 p.m.

Teams are encouraged to decorate their respective table and bring their own food and drinks. Some teams will even dress up.

Last year, 26 teams participated. Let’s exceed 30 this year!

The event lasts a few hours to accommodate 10 rounds of questions. Results are projected onto the wall following each round. The first-place team receives a trophy while the team with the best-decorated table is also honored. Door prizes are also given.

For more information about Trivia Night, give Kevin a call at 205-385-0100 or email him at


The annual Casino Night raises much-needed funds for The Hope Clinic, which serves individuals between ages 18 and 64 who suffer from chronic health problems, have no health insurance, live in Walker County, and whose income is below double the national poverty level.

The CHS building again is the venue for this fun event. Tickets are $50 per person. Each ticket includes a buffet dinner, beverages, $500 in “play” money for games and a chance to win one of several Grand Prizes valued between $500 and $3,000.

All your favorite casino games are available – Black Jack, Slot Machines, Craps, Roulette, Bingo, Money Wheel, Poker and a Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament.

For more info or to purchase tickets, call The Hope Clinic at 205-302-0011.

Meanwhile, since The Hope Clinic saw its first patient on Jan. 31, 2006:

•There have been 6,313 patient visits.

•There have been 16,972 volunteer hours valued at $575,537.

•There have been 73,385 prescriptions filled valued at $14,238,095.

•There have been 7,495 lab tests performed valued at $790,837.

According to my calculator, that’s a whopping $15.6 million in valuable services provided by The Hope Clinic in eight years.

Let’s get on board and support both fundraisers. I’ll see you at both events.

Jack McNeely is the publisher of the Daily Mountain Eagle and can be contacted by phone at 205-221-2840 or via email at