Celebrating on campaign trail

Wendy Pitts Reeves supporters gather to relax and celebrate 50th birthday

Wendy Pitts Reeves celebrated her 50th birthday with a party for her supporters for the County Commission race and to benefit the Blount County Animal Center.

Approximately 100 folks showed to enjoy cake and ice cream and hear the sounds of Pistol Creek Catch of the Day at Pearson Springs Park pavilion.

Reeves said she was thankful for the folks who stopped in throughout the evening, especially for their donations to the Blount County Animal Center. “You know the shelter has been my baby since I’ve been on the commission, and they need extra help,” she said.

Reeves said she didn’t want a party that focused on her for her 50th birthday party. “This is an opportunity for people to come together and celebrate,” she said. “This campaign is so much work. I thought it was time to take a break and have fun and, if we could something for a good cause at the same time, it was a win-win.”

Marian Kelly of Maryville works with Reeves on her campaign. “We kind of wanted to take a break from politics, but we also wanted to do something good for the community,” she said.

Valerie Foley volunteers at the Animal Center and was pleased when she heard that Reeves had asked for supplies in lieu of gifts. “When I heard she was doing something, I thought it was fabulous. There are more animals coming in now, so the need is greater,” she said.

Items such as puppy food, kitty litter, Dawn dish detergent and paper towels are always needed at the shelter, said Foley. Foley’s son and daughter, Mark and Holly, shared their mom’s enthusiasm. Mark is a rising fourth grader at Foothills Elementary and Holly, a sixth grade at Maryville Intermediate, shared their mom’s enthusiasm.

“I thought it was absolutely fantastic and phenomenal. It was really, really generous,” Holly said.

John C. Templeton said the birthday party was for a wonderful cause. “We all care deeply about the plight of animals. There are so many strays. We should put aside political differences and do what’s best for the animals,” he said.

Carolyn Potter said she has been helping Reeves’ campaign and was enthusiastic about helping the Animal Center. “It was a way to give back. Wendy’s that type of person who shares and cares and this is a way she can help animals,” Potter said. “She’s extremely hard working, honest and courageous.”

Dave Reeves wasn’t surprised when told of his wife’s birthday plans. “I think it’s great. I thought, ‘This sounds like my wife,’” he said. “This is wonderful.”

Eleanor Giffin of Blount County said the birthday party for Reeves to benefit the Blount County Animal Center was a good idea. “I just thought it was very thoughtful,” she said.

Peter Nerzak of Blount County praised the birthday party benefitting the Animal Center.

“I thought it was very fitting. It helps out those homeless pets,” he said. “It’s a great birthday present for Wendy and the county.

Kent Looney and his wife, Karen White, were on hand at the birthday party. White said they are lifelong Democrats. They watched as Reeves played bongos with Pistol Creek Catch of the Day. “If Wendy Pitts Reeves can play bongos, she’s got my vote,” she said.

White said she and her husband recently moved to town. “We’re dyed-in-the-wool Democrats, and we’re going to support her,” White said.

Pitts Reeves is running for re-election to Blount County Commission in District 4, Seat C. Running as a Republican is Jerome Moon. The General Election is Aug. 5.

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