November 6th , 2013 11:08 am Leave a comment

Relay team eyes strong reception for Witten-signed football raffle

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Loretta Hendley has come up with a Relay For Life fundraiser idea that hits close to home for Elizabethton and Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten.

Loretta Hendley holds the football Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten signed during his return home this summer for football camp.

Loretta Hendley holds the football Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten signed during his return home this summer for football camp.

Hendley, who attends church with Witten’s family, and who works at Elizabethton City Hall, said she thought that selling an official ‘The Duke’ NFL football autographed by Jason Witten was a wonderful way to generate money for a great cause.

“Jason has been very good to help us in the past,” Hendley said. “He is always good to do charitable work. He is a good guy. A few years ago he signed a picture for me and we sold it off for Relay, too.”

Witten signed the fundraiser football while he was home for his summer football camp in June, the same month the Carter County Relay for Life was held.

“We decided it would do better at Christmas if we sold tickets,” Hendley said. “We try to keep fundraising going year-round. It keeps money coming in.”

Each year Hendley’s team – called the ‘Cancer Crushers’ – strives to raise between $5,000 and $10,000 dollars to support the American Cancer Society, she said.

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