The Wears Valley community came together November 24 to provide entertainment with a twist — an event that gave thanks at Thanksgiving, kicked off the Christmas season and benefited needy families as well as Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic.
It was a great event in a close-knit community, and the Clinic would like to thank everyone who made it possible. Cove Creek RV Resort provided the setting for a traditional Thanksgiving meal of delicious food prepared by Pat and Steve Wright of The Wright Stuff Catering. Participants could pay for their own meal or, in the spirit of the event, provide one for a needy Wears Valley family.
A tree-lighting followed the meal to kick off Christmas in the Valley. Entertainment was provided by DJ Jeff and Side-By-Side Entertainment while a silent auction was conducted. Many generous local businesses and individuals donated auction items.
We would like to thank everyone who contributed in any way to the success of the event, especially the sponsors: Moose Creek Crossing, Integrity Pest Control, the William Knight Insurance Agency, Smoky Mountain Wedding and Party Barn, SmokiesCabin.com, GSM Outfitters LLC, Mountain Realty, The Wright Stuff, and last but not least, Wears Valley Chamber of Commerce, who organized the evening. A special thanks goes to Randy Robinson of the Chamber, who provided liaison with the Clinic.
Silent auction items were donated by GSM Outfitters, Wears Valley Armorer, Wright Stuff Catering, Tom Lolio Property Management, Cove Creek RV Resort, Mtn Realty Group, Jim Eastin Photography, Side by Side Entertainment, Sky High Air Tours, Ripley’s Entertainment, TN State Bank, Smart Bank, Sky High Air Tours, Hank & Ginger Bretz, Smoky Mtn Wedding Barn, and Magi Quest.
Warm-hearted Wears Valley residents who attended, who bought dinners and auction items ensured the success of the evening.
The non-profit Clinic provides quality medical and dental care to local citizens with no health insurance. Currently, more than 20,000 patients are on our roll. A patient is charged an affordable amount per visit, though the actual cost of providing care during that visit is much more. Fundraisers such as the Wears Valley event provide a wonderful bridge between what we charge and the cost to us of each patient visit.
The Clinic is grateful to everyone involved in this fun event. We wish you all a Merry Christmas and happy and healthy New Year.
Ashley Burnette Justice
Director of Fund Development