Leadership Shoals Breaks Fundraising Record to Benefit Cramer Children’s Center

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 held at the Logan Room in Sheffield on Tuesday evening.
A requirement of Leadership Shoals is the creation and coordination a group-led, community project. This year, the 30th class decided to raise money to benefit the Cramer Children’s Center of Florence, which provides services to children up to 18 years of age 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 team held the golf classic in April at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. In addition to obtaining sponsorships and teams for the event, the class also sold t-shirts and conducted a silent auction and raffle. These joint efforts allowed the team to raise a total of $19,430 for the Cramer Center. In addition to this total, the class 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,” said participant Shayla Hill. “In a few short months, we nearly doubled our original monetary goal.”

“While not all past projects involved a fundraiser, this was the most sizable donation ever 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 can 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, 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.