Elegance in denim

Black Tie and Blue Jeans fundraiser for New Hope tops $60,000

Dressed up in their black-ties with the casual addition of blue jeans, 104 supporters showed up for one of Maryville’s signature events on Saturday, Nov. 6, at R.T. Lodge. Black Tie and Blue Jeans ended up raising more than $61,000 to support the mission of the New Hope Children’s Advocacy Center.

Kristi Burkhalter co-chaired the event with Donna Alexander. The pair expressed gratitude for all who turned out, even in a tough economy, to help New Hope. “Gracious hearts of giving individuals very dedicated to stomping out child abuse and spreading awareness of the problem really opened their hearts,” Burkhalter said.

Burkhalter said R.T. Lodge was a beautiful, glowing venue. “It was an incredible, four-course meal with wine parings,” she said. “Preliminary numbers for gross revenues are around $61,000. which makes it about third highest-grossed event in the history of Black Tie and Blue Jeans,” she said. “It is a testimony to our community’s dedication.”

Burkhalter said that in 2009, the center served more than 340 children and since its inception, more than 1,200 children have been served. “You don’t think about our wonderful community having a prevalence of child abuse,” she said. “Having a place where children can go in a safe, child-friendly environment and tell one story, one time in one place makes a huge impact in our community.”

Burkhalter said the next event for New Hope Children’s Advocacy Center will be the “Ask Me Why I’m….” event to promote awareness for the center from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20, at the Bicentennial Greenbelt Pavilion in Maryville. There will be a 5-K run and a 1-mile family fun walk. There is also the opportunity to win $5,000 tax-free for the cost of a $50 ticket through a reverse raffle. which will be held at the Ruby Tuesday corporate office.

Celebrity-power will be working for New Hope at Ask Me Why as well. Ashley Johnston from the NBC-TV show The Biggest Loser will be on hand to cheer folks on as they start the race, talk to the participants and sign autographs.

For information, call 865-981-2000.

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