The law that was born out of tragedy is almost 7 years old, and A Secret Safe Place for Newborns of Tennessee supporters still say they have much work to do in the area of awareness and education. To help toward that cause, the folks at Smithview Pavilion chose the organization as the beneficiary of their opening concert.
Smithview Pavilion is part of the Smith Funeral and Cremation Service campus and the new pavilion is now open for weddings, reunions, family events and parties. The June 21 Creekside Concert by Robinella, with an opening by the Knoxville Jazz Orchestra, was the first public event in the facility and featured a dinner of black angus hamburgers, bratwurst, potato salad, pasta salad and strawberry shortcake for dessert, all catered by Foothills Catering and Events.
A Secret Safe Place for Newborns of Tennessee has a mission of protecting newborns by educating and informing women that abandonment of an unwanted newborn is not necessary and that there are safe places to take infants that protect the mother’s identity and where there is no fear of prosecution. Tennessee’s Safe Haven Law outlines the rules and procedure for anonymous surrender of unharmed newborns.
For more information, visit www.secretsafeplacetn.org or call 865-254-2208. For information on Smithview Pavilion, call 865-379-1860.