Group Check - Big Impact

The 2018-2019 Leadership Shoals contingent with their $16,000 check for Cramer Children’s Center.  (Courtesy photo)

SHEFFIELD – The 2019 graduates of Leadership Shoals, a nine-month program of the Shoals Chamber of Commerce, presented a sizable check to the Cramer Children’s Center during its graduation ceremony at the Logan Room in Sheffield last week

A requirement of Leadership Shoals is the creation and coordination a group-led, community project. The 30th class decided to raise money this year to benefit the Cramer Children’s Center of Florence. The center provides services for children up to age 18 who may have experienced some form of abuse.

“This incredibly worthy cause does not have consistent community support or benefactors, so we decided to start something new in partnership: The Inaugural Cramer Center Kids Classic Golf Tournament,” said participant Stephen Cohen.

The group hosted the golf classic in April at the Robert Trent Jones courses in Muscle Shoals. In addition to obtaining sponsorships and teams for the event, the class also sold t-shirts and conducted a silent auction and raffle. These efforts allowed the team to raise a total of $19,430 for the Cramer Center. The class also collaborated with Tarkett, a local “Waste-Free” driven company, to donate 652 square feet of flooring to the Center. “We knew that by working together we could pull off a successful fundraiser, but none of us knew just how successful or lucrative it would be,” said participant Shayla Hill. “In a few months we nearly doubled our original monetary goal.”

“While not all past projects involved a fundraiser, this was the most sizable donation presented in the 30-year history of Leadership Shoals,” added Leadership Shoals Director Chelsea Kauchick. “Their success is a testament to what can happen when 27 people from different backgrounds in the Shoals come together to accomplish something spectacular for this community.”

“Not only has Leadership Shoals provided us with a monetary donation that will aid in our treatment of sexually abused children, but they were exponential in creating a signature event for Cramer Children’s Center to hold annually. Something we could not have done on our own,” said Cramer Center Executive Director Kim Bevis. The funds raised by Leadership Shoals will assist the Cramer Center with the purchase of interview equipment and the installation of soundproof flooring throughout the facility.