Comfortable fun for a great cause

The women at Saturday night at RT Lodge looked positively elegant in their blue jeans. The men looked positively comfortable in their tuxedos.

So goes the beauty of Black Tie and Blue Jeans, an annual gala fundraiser for New Hope Children’s Advocacy Center. The stylish evening encourages dressed-up comfort, and the combination makes for a night of good fun with good friends who are combining a night on the town with a chance to help further the work of New Hope.

A little education was also on the agenda, and Blount County’s newest judge took the microphone and spoke from the heart about his knowledge of the importance of the work being done at New Hope.

Then it was time for bid cards to be held high as the live auction offered an array of goodies for the partiers. The lively bidding got going early with a beautiful black mink wrap that had some lucky lady going home warmer than when she arrived.

Dinner was superb, and there was much conversation about the facility’s upcoming plans to open to the public for dinner and have rooms for guests in the lodge. Tentative plans, so we heard, is to open to the public for Sunday dinner at 5 a.m.

New Hope Executive Director Trudy Hughes says final numbers are not in yet to report the total monies raised. Down a little from last year, Hughes said, but not as much as they had feared.

“This is just such a special community,” Hughes said. “A true, giving community.”

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