A new fundraiser brought an almost-sold out evening when the Bishop’s Table spread its fare to more than 100 people. Guests enjoyed food prepared by the shops at The Market at Washington and High, wine and beer tastings and the light Jazz music of Barry Roseman.
The fundraiser was to raise money and awareness for New Hope Children’s Advocacy Center.
The inaugural Bishop’s Table event on March 4 was organized by Richard and Michelle Bishop, owners of The Law Building. “We had 92 tickets sold out of the 100 tickets available, and Michelle and I had several guests,” Richard Bishop said. “In all, we had 114 people here. It was a great, absolutely wonderful event, and we raised a little over $4,100 for New Hope.”
Some of the guests included State Sen. Doug Overbey; candidate for mayor Ed Mitchell; commission candidates Billy Gribble and John Templeton; Maryville Police Chief Tony Crisp and his wife, Phyllis Crisp, a candidate for Blount County register of deeds; Blount County Sheriff James Berrong and board members and supporters of New Hope Children’s Advocacy Center.
“We had people who literally wanted to do it again the next weekend it was such a hit,” Bishop said. “We had a very diverse crowd.”
Richard Bishop said the wine for the wine tasting was provided by Eric Harrell of Green Meadow Wine and Spirits and was a huge success. “He had four cases of each of the four wines, and we ran out by 9:15 p.m.,” he said. “There was nothing but rave reviews about the food. The Market did a wonderful job.”
Todd White, beer consultant for The Market, served the beer on tap, a chocolate stout dessert beer.
Michelle Bishop said what she learned from the event was how giving the community is to charities such as New Hope. “They want to help those who are less fortunate,” she said.
“Everyone says this is an issue that is important, and we want to roll up our sleeves and help.”
Michelle Bishop said Trudy Hughes, executive director of New Hope, took an emergency call during the event. “She broke away and was responding to the need of a Blount County child,” Michelle Bishop said. “I thought it was pretty incredible. There’s obviously more to be done; a lot more to be done.”
The Bishops put together the Bishop’s Table as a way to give back to the community. They joined the sponsors, Green Meadow Wine and Spirits, Blount Today and The Market, in underwriting much of the cost of the event.