WINTERSVILLE - Family Day and Teen Night Nov. 10 at Crossroads Christian Church, 110 Springdale Ave., will include a host of family-friendly activities while at the same time raise funds for a worthwhile cause.
The eight-hour event will feature a cornhole tournament, free throw and 3-point shooting contests, a Pac-Man videogame tournament and a concert highlighted by Christian hip-hop artists Fight Back Crew.
All funds raised during the event eventually go back into the community helping homeowners with repairs and improvements, according to the Rev. Jeff Greco, pastor of Crossroads Christian Church.
The Rev. Jeff Greco, pastor of the Crossroads Christian Church in Wintersville, is inviting all local teenagers and their families to its Family Day and Teen Night scheduled to run all day at the church on Nov. 10. The event will feature Christian-oriented rappers and bands, games and more. All funds raised go toward Group Work Camps, an organization that will dispatch 400 teenagers from around the country to perform home improvements and repairs for 60 or more homes in the surrounding area in July. Among artists scheduled to perform are, So Loved and rappers associated with the Fight Back crew, including TClax, and RBG.
"The purpose is to create a positive atmosphere in which the local area can fellowship and have fun while raising funds for Group Missions, a not-for-profit organization," said Greco, adding the organization dispatches youth to different areas of the country to make home improvements for owners who may be unable to do so.
"In July of 2013 our community will be hosting nearly 400 teens from across the country who will perform home improvement and repair for 60 or more local, worthy families. (We) need to raise $20,000 to $30,000 to maximize the impact of this blessing to our neighbors and nurture community involvement with servant leadership."
Greco said youth involved in the program will be staying at Indian Creek High School, and while the teenagers pay their own way to the area, the church is responsible for raising funds for construction materials, said Greco.
"We have to raise funds for them to stay here," he said. "We also have to identify the homes. We already have about 100 applications (for homes to be considered), and our goal is to have about 120 applications. Every penny we raise goes right into materials for the homes.
"We are responsible for raising about $20,000," Greco continued.
"We'd like to raise more. It doesn't matter if we raise $30,000 or even $40,000. We're looking for (the fundraiser) to raise awareness as much as funds."
Greco said most of the targeted homes will be in Jefferson County with a few others in neighboring counties.
Nov. 10 will begin at 1:30 p.m. with registration for a free-throw shooting contest at 2 p.m. for differing age groups, as well as a 3-point shooting contest for older teens and those older than 18 immediately to follow.
Trophies for both contests will be awarded to winners in each age group, according to Mark Prichard, event co-organizer.
"The events are sponsored by Upward Sports, and parents will be able to sign their children up to participate in the Upward Basketball league, running December through early March for kindergarten through sixth-graders," said Prichard.
"In addition, there will be a concurrent Pac-Man video game tournament for all ages with a trophy for highest score. Plus, there will be a free bounce house open for kids from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m."
A cornhole tournament, sponsored by Trinity Health System, begins at 4:30 p.m., with teams competing for first-place trophies. A tailgate barbecue with meals available for eat- in or takeout also will be part of the activities, said Prichard.
DeFelice Brothers pizza will be available for $1 a slice in the coffee shop. The Pac-Man tournament and barbecue are sponsored by Acuity Specialty Hospital, Prichard added.
"At 6:30 p.m., Crossroads Christian Church's worship team, Crossover, will perform free in the sanctuary for families," said Prichard. "At 7:30 p.m., an evening of teen worship begins with the church's youth worship team, So Loved, as opening act."
Christian hip hop artists Fight Back Crew, featuring TClax, RBG, Ahouse and Brother Danny, will take the stage until festivities end at 10 p.m.
The church's commons area and coffee shop will be open for parents and younger children during the concert, Prichard said.
A $2 donation is asked of those participating in the various contests, while a $5 donation will be requested for the barbecue dinner. The family concert by Crossover is free.
A $3 per teen donation is asked for the youth concert, which will include a free slice of pizza and soft drink to all in attendance.
There are a limited number of free and reduced price tickets for youth groups for teens with financial needs, according to Prichard.
For information or to sign up for any of the contests, call (740) 264-9679 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursdays or e-mail email@example.com.
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