On Point fundraiser to feature country singer Jimmy Wayne
by By GREG KAYLOR Banner Staff Writer
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Jimmy Wayne
Jimmy Wayne

A personal journey as an abandoned child and determination to succeed led to a now singer/songwriter becoming an advocate for youth.

He will also be speaking and entertaining for On Point’s inaugural fundraiser in Cleveland Thursday.

The dinner will be held at First Baptist Church beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Jimmy Wayne, country singer/songwriter will be speaking and performing.

Attendees will also hear from some of the students whose lives have been impacted by On Point, according to Shannon Matthews, director of development for On Point: Direction for Life.

Wayne’s personal journey from being abandoned as a child to becoming an award-winning country singer/song-writer is a powerful story.

Left on the side of the road by his mother and her criminal boyfriend at the age of 12, Wayne found himself alone and homeless. He spent the next few years in and out of foster homes and writing in journals to ease his pain. At the age of 16, his story took a dramatic turn, according to Matthews.

“The members of the On Point Cleveland board and staff invite you to come and hear about what made the difference for Jimmy Wayne, and how we can all shape the stories for the 5,000 Cleveland students On Point serves each year,” Matthews said.

“All proceeds received from the dinner will sustain and grow On Point’s services in Bradley County and Cleveland City schools. On Point teaches “Think On Point”, a five hour, risk avoidance course, to sixth to 12th grade students through health classes at local middle and high schools,” Matthews added.

More than 4,000 Cleveland students each year learn to think critically about their choices and avoid linked risk behaviors such as sex, drugs, alcohol and violence through “Think On Point.”

On Point programs have been in Cleveland for more than 15 years, first through a partnership with New Hope Pregnancy Care Center and now, through direct services from On Point staff here in Cleveland.

“On Point also works with 250 students weekly through our Life On Point leadership and life skills groups. These small groups are designed to give students the positive peer and adult support they need to thrive. Students learn to set goals, build a positive support system, make healthy choices and to lead through service,” according to Matthews.

“We have a waiting list of schools in Cleveland who would like to add Life On Point to their school day. We are excited to offer the Cleveland community the chance to partner with On Point and local schools to invest in this life changing work,” said On Point CEO, Lesley Scearce.

Tickets are $50 for an individual, $400 for a table of eight and $750 for a VIP/corporate table. VIP/corporate tables include 8 passes to a special VIP reception with Wayne.

To purchase tickets, call 423-899-9188 or visit www.liveonpoint.org/events.