Rounding up support

$10 Club outing benefits Hearing and Speech Foundation

A “Summer Roundup and Hoedown” on the banks of the Little River raised funds, and found new friends, for a new program of the Hearing and Speech Foundation, thanks to the support of Maryville’s $10 Club.

About 75 people, most of them members of the $10 Club, wore their boots and cowboy hats on Sunday, Aug. 29, for the “Summer Roundup and Hoedown,” held on property owned by Bob and Susan Hirche.

The event raised about $1,700 for the foundation’s Hope and Hearing Program, a new program dedicated to providing auditory processing disorder evaluations, audiological evaluations and newborn hearing screenings for children on TennCare. Proceeds from the event will help the Hearing and Speech Foundation support audiological testing for 30 children or newborns on TennCare, Executive Director Amanda Womac said.

“We were looking at this event primary as a ‘friend-raiser’ not as much as a fundraiser. We knew it would bring in money for Hope and Hearing, but the primary goal was getting more people aware of what the Hearing and Speech Foundation does in this county and get more supporters and friends to help us raise awareness about the organization,” she said.

Womac thanked everyone who helped make the event a success. “It shows, once again, the strength of this community and their willingness to give back,” she said.

Kay Overbey, founder of the $10 Club, said the event was well-attended.

“We had about 75 people and most of them were $10 Club members and a few of the board came from the foundation. Several of us kayaked and canoed, played cornhole and did skeet shooting. Tim Self did our barbecue, and it was really good,” she said.

Overbey thanked Green Meadow Wine and Spirits for providing drinks, Lenny’s Sub Shop for providing food and Pistol Creek Catch of the Day for their musical entertainment for the afternoon.

Womac and the foundation thanked Bob and Susan Hirche for hosting the event on their land, Tim Self and Elizabeth McKnight for preparing the barbecue, Leslie Rader, Kristi Burkhalter, Kay Overbey and Susan Hirche for their help planning the event and The $10 Club for their support of HSF’s Hope and Hearing Program.

The $10 Club is a group of women organized by Kay Overbey to hold social events with funds raised going to benefit area children’s charities.

The Hearing and Speech Foundation staff are well into the next big fundraiser, an annual event that is vital to the organization. Tickets are on sale now for the Fourth Annual Away Game Tailgate Party on Oct. 2 in the East Club Skybox of Neyland Stadium. Participants can watch the game, enjoy skybox food and meet UT football standout Larry Seivers at the event. Tickets are $100, and the Away Game Tailgate Party starts an hour before kick-off of the UT vs. LSU game. Call the foundation office at 865-977-0981 or visit the foundation website at

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