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A Letter from Mary Jane Lifsey

Dear Jim:

re: Damn Yankees

Well! You and the Playhouse have done it again! My Jim and I saw that amusing play yesterday (Tuesday). Wow! Wow! Wow! Britt is an outstanding director. Not only is Blake an entertaining actor, his voice is exceptional. His and Weslie’s voices blended like P.B. & J.!

Leila was so very believable as Lola. Jason and Carol did not fail to deliver either. The lady sitting next to me said she had seen this play years ago with Jerry Lewis as Mr. Applegate, but this was so much better!

The music, high level of energy with the ball players, and Bill’s believable role playing, as well as the main curtain painting—all contributed to a delightful afternoon. Thank all of you so much. (And you were not bad yourself, Jim!)

After enjoying the Playhouse for over twenty-five years, this is only the second letter of appreciation and praise I have written you. Thank you for attracting such talented performers. An added benefit is to watch these young men and women—like Daniel Black—develop into real professionals. So keep on bringing the Best of the Best to perhaps the best audience. And let’s see some more of you, too!


Mary Jane Lifsey

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A Letter from Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Greater Chattanooga

Dear Cumberland County Playhouse:

How proud and excited I am to be able to write to you and report the continuing success of our “It’s A Rockin’ Auction—Online” and to thank you so much for investing in our efforts to use the power of the internet to raise vital funds for the mission of the Ronald McDonald House. Your support and the donation of over 500 items were the keys to us being able to put $47,793 (after expenses) in the “Share A Night” Fund which allows every family who needs our service to put the worry of paying aside and focus only on their sick child. This will support 26 families each night for 34 nights.

As you know, we again launched a full-scale advertising campaign for the auction with all forms of media including TV, radio, newspaper, billboards, magazines and even the CARTA buses! With the popularity of social media, we also expanded our advertising with posts on Facebook, and tweets on Twitter! We hope that each marketing impression gives you some results!

The auction online has proven to be an excellent way to not only promote our mission but to reach out to new friends, and I hope that you’ll consider continuing your support and donation in 2013. I can only look at the faces of each of the 26 families who reside daily in our House and tell you on their behalf how much it means to them to have a safe, comfortable home away from home at the most trying time of their life. Thank you again for making the auction such a success!

Best wishes,

Jane L. Kaylor

© 2015 Jane L. Kaylor
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A Letter from Komen Upper Cumberland

Dear Cumberland County Playhouse:

Thank you again so very much for your generosity and continued support of the Upper Cumberland Komen affiliate and its mission to end breast cancer forever. The donation of passes to the Cumberland County Playhouse helped the tournament committee double our proceeds from last year’s inaugural event and assist more women in this area.

We were blessed with beautiful weather and enthusiastic teams Aug. 17, all of whom left well fed and happy to have been a part of a event that supports the women of this region in gaining access to lifesaving breast cancer screenings. The Upper Cumberland Susan G. Komen affiliates uses 75 percent of all money raised to support grant programs for women in the Upper Cumberland. Currently, Komen Upper Cumberland supports free mammogram grants at Cumberland Medical Center, as well as breast health education and survivorship programs across the 14-county region. In fact, since its inception in 2006, the Upper Cumberland affiliate has granted more than $644,000 to area hospitals, nonprofit organizations and the Tennessee Breast and Cervical Network.

The remaining 25 percent of funds raised supports ground-breaking breast cancer research. Since 1982, Komen has played a critical role in every major advance in the fight against breast cancer, with more early detection, more effective treatments, more hope, more research and more survivors. About 70 percent of women age 40 and older receive regular mammograms, the single most effective screening tool to find breast cancer early. And that’s the goal—find and diagnose breast cancer early when treatment can be more effective. Today, the five-year relative survival rate for women diagnosed with early stage breast cancer is 98 percent and there are about 3 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S.

Your support makes a difference in this community, across the region and across the country. Thank you, again!


Heather Mullinix

© 2015 Heather Mullinix
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A Letter from Teen Challenge of the Upper Cumberland

Dear Cumberland County Playhouse:

Thank you for your recent donation of two tickets of any show for the third annual Teen Challenge of the Upper Cumberland Hope for the Life Golf Tournament held on April 6. Your contribution to our nonprofit organization enabled us to raise funds to continue giving hope to those that struggle with addiction. Your donation helped to make an enjoyable day of golfing for the twenty-five teams that participated.

Teen Challenge of the Upper Cumberland provides faith based addiction recovery services through its women’s residential crisis center and placement of men, women, and adolescents into long-term Teen Challenge centers. Since opening in October 2009, we have placed 288 individuals into one of the most successful long-term programs in the nation. We sincerely appreciate all donations your organization was able to give and we look forward to partnering with you again for the 2014 Hope for Life golf tournament next year!

Thank you again for your generosity.


Tim McLauchlin
April 8, 2013

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A Letter from Big Brothers Big Sisters of NWGA Mtns.

Dear Cumberland County Playhouse:

Thank you for your generous donation of the Tickets for Two for our 5th Annual Father Daughter Ball. Your donation was used as a part of the raffle/auction during the event. The event is held to raise dollars to further fund our mission.

Our vision is to provide a mentor for children facing adversity. We provide our Littles with healthy relationships through volunteer mentors, we professionally supervise these matches, and offer additional education and support services in our area. In 2012, over 800 children received one-to-one mentoring services through our community and site based programs.

Through donations like yours, our organization can continue to raise the needed funds to serve the children of our community. Thank you for your support.

Staci Halyak

© 2015 Staci Halyak
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A Letter from the Roane State Foundation

Dear Cumberland County Playhouse:

On behalf of Roane State Community College Support Staff Council, I would like to thank you for your company’s donation of four tickets for the Playhouse for our annual silent auction. The silent auction is our largest annual fundraiser. Proceeds are used to fund the Gayle Mullins Memorial Book Scholarship for students and for an annual staff development day for Roane State Support Staff.

We could not provide these benefits to our students and staff without the support of our local businesses and friends in the community. Again, thank you for your generosity.


Jeana Bradley

© 2015 Jeana Bradley
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A Letter from Fairfield Glade Lions Club

Dear Jim:

On behalf of the Fairfield Glade Lions Club, I want to thank you for the “Six Sets of Two Tickets to Any Theatrical Show” that the Playhouse gave the club for its Fifth Annual Reverse Raffle. Lion Weslie Webster worked with me and Tracey Barnes and was able to obtain these tickets. The tickets were awarded when the 30th, 150th, 240th, 405th, 465th, and 490th ticket stubs were drawn during the raffle on August 7.

The club sold all 500 of the $50 raffle tickets we had. Our net proceeds from the raffle should be in the neighborhood of $12,000. We will use this money to further support our White Cane Programs, provide scholarships for local needy students furthering their education, and provide money for an indigent person in Cumberland County to have cataract surgery.

In closing, a big thank you to the Playhouse for supporting our raffle and we hope to have its participation again in 2015.


Roy Koskinen
August 18, 2014

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