Last May, the group of heroes saved a missing 9-year-old Carlie Trent, more than a week after she was kidnapped by her uncle.
After Carlie’s Pediatrician offered $10,000 for information leading to Carlie’s safe return, numerous contributors generously joined the effort.
Three days following Carlie’s disappearance and with very few tips coming into TBI’s Amber Alert Hotline, Carlie’s pediatrician, Dr. Chris Calendine, pledged to offer a $10,000 reward for information leading to the safe recovery of the child.
The Reward Fund brought Carlie’s disappearance national attention.
The U.S. Marshal’s Service also announced they would offer $5,000. As word spread nationally about the search for Carlie, TBI began receiving many calls from individuals wishing to contribute to the reward for Carlie’s return.
Matt Daniels and Tim Williams, two Knoxville banking executives, pledged $10,000 for Carlie’s safe return. Jim Clayton with Clayton Bank and Trust also added $10,000 to the reward for information leading to Carlie Trent’s safe return, bringing the total to $35,000.
As search efforts continued Nashville resident Trey Healy, a dog groomer by day and a musician by night, added $5,000 to the offered reward. Prior to Carlie’s heroic return on the evening of May 12th, additional individuals continued to contribute to the Reward Fund.
Additional contributors include David Luttrell, Owner, AtWork, Rogersville, TN; Josh Myers, Owner, Myers Towing, Rogersville, TN and Brian Martin, Wake Forest, NC.
More than a week after her abduction, Donnie Lawson, Stuart Franklin, Larry Hamblen and Roger Carpenter — Rogersville Community members — were searching a rural property in Hawkins County when they stumbled upon little Carlie Trent and her uncle, 57-year-old Gary Simpson.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation had received more than 2,000 tips and reported sightings from at least 19 different states before Simpson was captured and the girl saved on that Thursday afternoon — just miles from home.
By request of the (4) residents credited with Carlie’s return, all Reward Funds were given to Planned Giving of Hawkins County. Planned Giving of Hawkins County is operated under the umbrella of Of One Accord Ministry and comprised of representatives from a number of local nonprofit agencies.
This Tuesday, August 16th, at 4 pm at the Shepherd Center in Rogersville, TN, Carlie’s heroes, reward fund contributors and representatives from more than 23 Hawkins County non-profit and service organizations will come together.
The (4) reward recipients will announce how the reward funds will be utilized and how the funds will continue to benefit many charitable efforts in Hawkins County.
Dr. Chris Calendine, Carlie’s Pediatrician will be unable to be at Tuesday’s meeting due to commitment to be in Atlanta with JT Brooks, a patient and Rogersville athlete that suffered a cervical spine injury in preseason football and continues to recover at Shepherd’s Hospital in Atlanta.
Dr. Calendine is grateful to the efforts of Carlie’s heroes, the amazing response from the Rogersville community and the invaluable assistance from Planned Giving of Hawkins County for helping assure the reward funds continue to benefit numerous non-profit organizations. Dr. Chris Calendine can be reached at (423) 327-3322or [email protected]
Following the safe return of Carlie Trent, this week her rescuers will announce how more than $35,000 in Reward Funds will be used to benefit numerous non-profit and service organizations in Hawkins County.