A Secret Safe Place hosts fourth annual Lifesaver Luau

A Secret Safe Place for Newborns of Tennessee will host its fourth annual Lifesaver Luau on Saturday, Aug. 9, at The Beach at Court South at 6:30 p.m.

The luau will feature food from Sonny’s Real Pit Bar-B-Q, hula dancing, volleyball, swimming, music, karaoke, limbo and a silent auction. Russell Biven and Beth Haynes of WBIR will host the event. Adult tickets are $12 if purchased in advance and $15 if bought at the event. Child tickets are $5, and kids 2 and under are free. Advance tickets can be purchased at Sonny’s Real Pit Bar-B-Q and Blount Today or by calling 865-254-2208. Hawaiian dress is welcomed and encouraged at this family friendly event. All proceeds will benefit A Secret Safe Place for Newborns of Tennessee.

Sponsors for the event include Court South, Sonny’s Real Pit Bar-B-Q, B97.5, Burger King, Cherokee Athletic Facility, Print Edge, Knoxville News Sentinel, Campbell Tent & Party Rentals, Blount Today, WBIR-TV and Designsensory.

A Secret Safe Place for Newborns was founded by Shawna McConnell, Lisa Yount, and Doug Overbey in 2001 with the passage of the Safe Haven Law after an abandoned newborn died of severe dehydration in a shed in Townsend. The law protects mothers who are unwilling or unable to care for their newborns by allowing them to surrender their babies to any hospital, community health clinic, birthing center, or walk-in clinic within 72 hours of the newborn’s birth. The baby is examined, admitted to a hospital and later placed with an adoptive family by the Department of Children’s Services. A Secret Safe Place for Newborns of Tennessee educates and builds awareness of the Safe Haven Law in order to prevent newborn abandonment. At least 21 newborns have been surrendered in Tennessee since 2004.

For more information on A Secret Safe Place for Newborns, its efforts or the Lifesaver Luau, call 865-254-2208 or visit www.secretsafeplacetn.org.

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