Lewis County Herald - Serving Hohenwald, Lewis County Tennessee Since 1898

By Katelin Carroll
Staff Reporter 

Davis House events and fundraisers

Series: Davis House | Story 2

April 23, 2020

Davis House button jar reading, "You are not alone," to remind each child that there are others who have had to endure similar situations.

For this week's edition, we will be discussing the fundraising events that fuel Davis House's ability to serve its four-county area.

Davis House is a nonprofit organization that mainly relies on its fundraisers and donations to serve children who have been a victim to child abuse and their families.

The nonprofit hosts events such as Button Balls, Rock the House Music Jams, Golf Tournaments, and other local events in order to raise money.

The money raised goes towards everyday office supplies, refreshments for the families that come in, and comfort items for the children.

The annual Davis House Button Ball is an event where Davis House workers and its partners can come together, eat and enjoy entertainment as well as a guest speaker.

This year, Major League Baseball player, R. A. Dickey was the keynote speaker. Last year's speaker was Elizabeth Smart, a widely known child-abduction survivor.

Both spoke on how child abusehas affected them and how important foundations like Davis House are to child abuse victims.

The Button Ball was inspired by the Button Jar, which is a jar that each child places a button in when he or she visits Davis House.

The jar, filled with buttons, reads, "You are not alone," to remind each child that there are others who have been abused.

This year's annual Rock the House Music Jam has been scheduled for Friday, August 7, at the Franklin Theatre, where some of Nashville's top songwriters gather to play songs.

Similar to the Button Ball and Rock the House Music Jam, Davis House also hosts an annual golf tournament, where members of the community can come out and support a great nonprofit while enjoying one of their favorite hobbies.

Local branches of Davis House also partner with their communities to fund their everyday needs.

Our local branch, here in Hohenwald, partnered with Lewis County Middle School during their student-led conference on March 12.

They put on a spaghetti dinner that students and their families could buy tickets for and all the profits would go to Davis House.

The students raised over $2,000 for Davis House.

Although COVID-19 has put a halt on many people's day-to-day tasks, the needs of Davis House and the children they serve continue as not all kids are safer at home.

"Even though our centers are currently closed to the public due to COVID-19... [the children] still need us, which means we still need your support," Davis House posted on Twitter.

Wishlist items for Davis House include ink pens, legal pads, blank journals, buttons, crayons, washable markers, and other items that are listed on the Davis House website (davishousecac.org).

Child and Family Advocate, DeAnna Darden-Carroll said all in-person donations will have to be made once Davis House offices reopen, which is currently scheduled for May 1, and should be coordinated with staff beforehand.

Davis House can accept checks, and Walmart or Amazon gift cards through the mail at any time.

What Davis House Hohenwald is really aiming for is the ability to purchase a house.

Our local branch is currently located in a small office inside the war memorial building, where HcTec is also located.

"It's great that we have been able to find and use this office space," said Darden-Carroll, "but now we're starting to grow out of it."

A dream of Davis House would be to have every child walk into their office and feel at home.

"Having a house to work in would provide the level of space and comfort that we would love to give to these kids," said Darden-Carroll.


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