Chattanooga Valley Group Aim To Honor Local Teacher By Constructing Playground

CHATTANOOGA,TN, (WDEF)-In spring of 2014 Chattanooga Valley teacher Libby Gilley lost her long running battle with cancer.

Her husband, the local Lions Club, and supporters hope to raffle off her uniquely customized truck to raise money to build a playground in her honor.

Barry Gilley,Husband of Victim,"Lets take the vehicle lets lift it, put some tires on it, put some graphics on it as you can see do something that would emphasize her fight with breast cancer"

Organizers say they are only 30,000 dollars away from their target of 80,000 to put a state of the art playground right here in Chattanooga Valley.

"You can buy raffle tickets for 100 dollars a piece the raffle is going to be October the 21st and we will be raffling the vehicle off and the proceeds will all go to the playground"

Friends say they are not shocked by the overwhelming support they have received from across Chattanooga and North Georgia.

"The great job she did here and just the relationship she created with people here with children and parents and friends I am not surprised at the outcome" says friend Helen Hawkins.

20 members of Chattanooga Valley Lions Club have also got involved.

"We would like to see this happen for the benefit of children and it would be a great thing to give back, we are always looking for ways to bond with the community as well and enhance our services" added Lions Club member Retha Nelson.

Playground equipment has already been ordered.
Organizers say the SUV raffle in October will help pay for lights, fencing and excavation work and they want to break ground on the site in early November.

Anyone interested in getting involved with the campaign can reach out at Capital Bank in Fort O or Ace Hardware in Flintstone Georgia.

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