Creating hope

Black Tie and Blue Jeans success means help for children, families

The spirit of the season came a little early for many Blount Countains as friends and supporters of New Hope once again made Black Tie and Blue Jeans a great success for the Children’s Advocacy Center.

The Black Tie and Blue Jeans event drew a capacity crowd and grossed more than of $61,000 for New Hope.

“It was our second largest Black Tie and Blue Jeans event ever,” said New Hope executive director Trudy Hughes, “and it was wonderful how people got into the spirit of evening and had a great time. We were within two or three seats of being a sell out, which is phenomenal.”

The event grossed more than $61,000 before expenses, “which is tremendous,” Hughes said.

Hughes praised the staff at RT Lodge for their professionalism and attention to detail. “You can’t beat the setting of RT Lodge. It’s a wonderful venue for events, and the staff are into giving the best customer service possible,” she said.

The center’s executive director said the annual theme lends itself to a relaxed atmosphere.

“It was a real pleasant evening with the theme,” she said. “You could dress up as much as you wanted or be as casual as you wanted.”

The only other fundraiser more successful that the Black Tie and Blue Jeans was this summer’s SlimFest which raised more than $80,000, she said.

Hughes said the public’s strong response to Black Tie and Blue Jeans encourages her and the volunteers. “It shows how much support you have from the community, but it is so nice when people turn out and show appreciation for what you do for kids and families. It’s wonderful,” she said.

The executive director was thankful for the support the center has received as people dug into their pocketbooks to share with children and their families. “It’s been a tough year for everybody,” Hughes said. “I hope the economy begins to turn soon.”

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