Volunteer Spirit

Bruce Pearl comes to Blount to help United Way

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Bruce Pearl spends a lot of time talking about the Volunteer spirit. The head coach of the University of Tennessee men’s basketball team is bringing his own volunteer spirit to Blount County to help United Way.

Pearl will speak at a fundraiser for United Way at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 15.

The evening, which is being hosted by Royal Oaks Event Center, will feature heavy hors d’oeuvres and a chance to mingle with the coach and hear his presentation.

Tickets for the event are $35 each and go on-sale to the public at 9 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 23, at the offices of United Way of Blount County, 1615 E. Broadway Ave. in Maryville.

Only 300 general admission tickets will be available for purchase.

For Pearl, the choice to help United Way was a personal one.

“United Way is one of those organizations that just makes sense to me,” Pearl said. “You give to United Way, and they support programs that touch tens of thousands of people in the community.”

United Way of Blount County’s Campaign Chairman John Hinkle said he is pleased the UT coach has agreed to help United Way.

“Bruce’s time is so valuable, especially now coming into the start of getting ready for the basketball season,” Hinkle said. “We’re really honored that he agreed to come support us.”

Hinkle said he believes Pearl’s willingness to take part in this event shows his volunteer spirit.

“I’ve gotten to know Bruce over the last couple of years, and that’s just the way he is. He’s always going,” Hinkle said.

“He’s always doing things to help and support the causes he feels strongly about. I’m just tickled to death that he’s agreed to come to Blount County and help us.”

Pearl will speak about the upcoming men’s basketball season and United Way.

“United Way does so much good for Blount County,” Pearl said. “They focus on issues I really care about - health, education, self-sufficiency. What they do for Blount County is tremendous.”

For more information or to give to United Way, please visit liveunitedblount.org or call 865-982-2251.

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