Charity Circle of Murfreesboro is beginning its second century of “Caroling Parties”. The organization has been involved in what is known to the community as “Caroling Parties” since 1915. The roots of Charity Circle date back to 1910. It was started by 26 women with a desire to help the disadvantaged with basic needs and services. Today, Charity Circle has evolved as a non-profit organization with the sole purpose of assisting Rutherford County residents by improving the quality of life of citizens in need.
In 1915, the organization saw the need for these kinds of services increasing, so this group of women came up with the idea of Caroling Parties to raise money. Members and their families went door-to-door each December singing Christmas carols and collecting donations. After World War II, Charity Circle identified needs such as support for childcare and summer recreational activities for children, and the funds from the Caroling Parties helped to support these new endeavors. In the 1980s, as the need for this kind of support continued to change and grow the format for the Caroling Parties also began to change so as to raise more money to help the disadvantaged in our community.
Lucinda Lea, 2nd vice president of the Charity Circle of Murfreesboro in charge of coordinating the caroling party events, says, “Excitement is in the air as Charity Circle launches, in 2016, its second century of fundraising events centered around the theme of “caroling.” Celebrating, in 2015, the centennial anniversary of our fundraising proved most successful and rewarding as significant funds were raised to support those in need in our community.”
“We would love to have you join with us in making 2016 an even bigger and better year as The Charity Circle of Murfreesboro enters its second century of service to others through “caroling”. We cordially invite you to attend any and all of these parties. All of the money raised goes directly to provide assistance to persons in need.”
The funds raised from these Caroling Parties are returned to community agencies that are supported by Charity Circle. One hundred percent of the funds raised goes back to Rutherford County residents in need, with all administrative expenses and all event expenses paid for by the membership and donations from local businesses. In recent years, Charity Circle has been responsible for distributing over $300,000 to Rutherford County non-profit agencies each year.
The first party of the year will be held June 24 at Sinking Creek Farm. Come join the fun as Charity Circle members kick off the 2016 “caroling party season.” Cocktails at the Creek will be a lovely time to renew old acquaintances, make new friends, and enjoy evening cocktails and appetizers in the beautiful Sinking Creek Farm location.
In August “Summer Supper” is always a hit of a party! On August 19, you can look In August “Summer Supper” is always a hit of a party! On August 19, you can look forward to a home cooked meal of fried chicken, corn pudding, green bean casserole, fresh sliced tomatoes, coleslaw, melt in your mouth rolls, and chocolate chip chess brownie squares. Dress is casual and a good time is always had by all!
And rounding out the summer is the Tailgate Party held September 9. Wear your school colors, be ready to cheer, please join the “Tailgate Party” for great barbeque and beer! Come join your friends for a casual outdoor party full of school spirit!
As the Charity Circle of Murfreesboro begins the second century of “Caroling”, the organization is also looking to the future always assessing the needs of the community to ascertain the best way to provide support. Charity Circle members are inviting you to attend one, two, three or all of the parties. So, put these dates on your calendar, invite your friends, and plan to be there!
2016 Charity Circle Caroling Parties
Ladies’ Holiday Luncheon
Friday, December 2nd • 10:30 am - 1:30 pm
The Huchinson’s Home
550 Hutchinson Lane
Contact: Lucie Burchfield
Sunday, December 4th • 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
The Nelson’s Home
117 N. University Street
Contact: Shannon Smith
Friday, December 9th • 6:00 - 8:00 pm
The McPherson’s Home
1727 Shagbark Trail
Contacts: Delia Goodman or Jan Mioton
Cocktails at the Creek
Friday, June 24th • 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Sinking Creek Farm
2473 Battleground Drive
Contact: RaeAnne Pardue
Friday, August 19th • 6:30 - 10:00 pm
The Smith’s Home
2223 Shannon Drive
Contact: Sherry Galloway
Friday, September 9th • 6:00 - 9:30 pm
The Haynes’s Home
1607 Riverview Drive
Contact: Peggy Young