Jacksonville area shows ‘spirit’ for the needy

On August 27, the annual Spirit on Mountain Street event was held at William A. Meehan Hall on the Jacksonville State University campus.

The event was held as a fundraiser to help the Jacksonville Christian Outreach Center—a community service organization that helps low income individuals and families in the community.

This year, the event raised $9,200. It is sponsored by the local churches in the Jacksonville area.

One of the major helpers, David Glass, said that the event is “basically a community pep rally.” JSU students, as well as all other members of the community, were welcome to join the festivities.

Each year, local restaurants and other businesses set up tents for people to enjoy.

This year, over thirty restaurants attended including: Cooter Brown’s Rib Shack, Heroes American Grille, Sonic, Chick-fil-A and Mellow Mushroom.
Some of the other businesses that attended were The Farmers & Merchants Bank, Merle Norman Cosmetic Studio and Club Paradise Tan.

F&M Bank attended for the first time, and enjoyed helping out and supporting the cause. The booth workers also said, “We have good food here.”

The event also had activities for children sponsored by the Jacksonville Exchange Club and the city’s Parks and Recreation Department. The activities included a dunking booth, face-painting and bounce houses.

Spirit on Mountain Street is a free event. However, attendees that chose to get items from specific booths had to purchase tickets. The amount of tickets needed for items varied for each booth, but each ticket was only a dollar. There was also no limit to how many tickets could be purchased.

This is the 10th year for this particular fundraiser. Jacksonville State University agreed to take the event several years ago.

According to David Glass, this factor has attributed to some of the fundraiser’s success in attendance.“It’s gotten bigger every year,” he said. Over the course of ten years, the attendance has jumped from about 200 people to close to 2,000. The growth shows that the locals are willing to support their community.

Immediately following the event was a pep rally inside the Burgess-Snow Stadium. Kids of all ages were able to participate.

Students from Kitty Stone Elementary helped start the pep rally by singing the National Anthem.

The pep rally also featured several different Calhoun county high school marching bands, cheerleading squads and football teams.

The JSU cheerleaders and the Marching Southerners also performed. JSU Football Coach John Grass gave a speech to let everyone know about the upcoming games.

The pep rally reinforced the purpose of Spirit on Mountain Street: to lend a helping hand. It set the tone for all the activities that take place in the fall, and encouraged everyone to support all of Jacksonville’s local teams and organizations.

Katelyn Schneider
Staff Reporter

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