Over 200 community minded individuals and families participated in a festive dinner event on Sunday. The Good Neighbors Progressive Dinner generated more than $5,000 that will directly benefit our neighbors in need.
The Progressive Dinner involved several stops for tasty treats, as diners enjoyed good food, entertainment and good fellowship to raise funds for the Good Neighbors program. Good Neighbors is a 501(c)3 community ministry of the Blount County Ecumenical Action Council. The program is designed to help lift those in need out of a crisis in a compassionate setting. Good Neighbors provides resources to help cope with the challenges of every day life. Support is provided through listening and problem solving; referrals and networking with other agencies to find assistance and information needed to help the person or family in crisis; and limited financial assistance to help with basic needs when part of a problem-solving plan.
Rev. Lisa Blackwood is the director.
At the Progressive Dinner, the first stop was The Chilhowee Club for appetizers. Piano music was provided by Patrick Dalton. Appetizers were prepared and donated by members of Middlesettlements United Methodist Church and the Foothills Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, who also hosted along with Good Neighbors board members.
The entrée was served at New Providence Presbyterian Church in their recently completed addition. Table service was provided by the youth of the church. The food was prepared by Chef Shawn Banks with support from both church members and Good Neighbors board members.
A variety of desserts were prepared and served by members of St. Paul Lutheran Church. Piano music provided by Heinz Lips. Art donated by RaRa Schlitt as well as note cards were also available at the dessert stop for a donation to Good Neighbors.
In addition to the participating churches and ticket purchasers, community donors and supporters included: Shawn Banks, chef; Thrivent Financial for Lutherans; Alcoa Wal-Mart; and Green Mountain Coffee Company.