“I thought some of my friends were playing a joke on me,” said District Attorney Donna Bennett. “Then I found out it was for Relay for Life.”

Bennett paid to have people remove the purple potty, one of three getting left in yards throughout Henderson County. She didn’t have to pay a crew though. Her payment was really a donation to the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.

“(Purple Potty fundraisers) have been around in Relay for a while, but not in the Athens area,” Relay Chairman Trena Miers said. “Everybody seems to think it is a fun thing.”

A note is left with each potty with instructions. Miers said the Purple Potties raise money three ways.

People can donate to get the potties removed from their front lawns, buy insurance to keep a purple potty from getting placed on their front lawn or even pay to have a purple potty put in someone else’s front lawn.

Bennett said she took advantage of the removal and placement services, but wouldn’t say who will be receiving it next.

“They’ll find out,” she said.

Getting to pick where a potty goes is a driving force in the campaign, which Miers said will go on as long as people submit names and addresses.

The range will reach the far corners of Henderson County with one toilet potty for the Athens area one for the lake and one for the eastern end of the county.

The fundraiser benefits the Relay for Life, which is a benefit for the American Cancer Society.

The Relay for Life is an all night walk-a-thon which takes place May 19 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Brownsboro track.

“The premise behind walking all night is that cancer doesn’t sleep, so we’re not going to either,” Miers said.

She said last year 28 teams competed and $55,000 was raised. The goal this year is 40 teams and $80,000.

Miers said there was discussion the potties would be vandalized but she said since it is for charity she hopes people will support the fight, not undermine it.

For more information on Relay for Life call Miers at 903-675-8511, Tonya West at 903-675-9378 or Jennifer Pulley-Williams at 903-677-1681.


e-mail bbennett@athensreview.com


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