Making music to support The Gate

Rachael Brown gets a hug from Russell, a participate in The Gate, at the fundraiser for the organization.

Photo by Leslie Karnowski

Rachael Brown gets a hug from Russell, a participate in The Gate, at the fundraiser for the organization.

The sounds of Rockabilly echoed off the walls in the Capitol Theatre as more than 100 folks turned out earlier this month to boogie for a great cause - The Gateway to Independence program.

Pistol Creek Catch of the Day performed a fundraising concert for the program also known as The Gate on Aug. 11. Front man Edward Harper said both young and old enjoyed the music and fun of the evening.

“We had probably 130 people there, and people had a great time. They were dancing, and hands were clapping,” he said.

The “catch of the day” was special guest performer saxophonist Lonnie Carter. Roger Murphy served as master of ceremonies.

Harper thanked Capitol Theatre owner Heath Claiborne for making the facility available and setting the mood with his LED laser light show and multi-media display. “He made the band look good and sound better,” Harper said. “We had a grand evening.”

About $2,000 was raised for The Gate. “Every penny goes right to The Gate for services for those people 22 years old and older who are no longer in school and have some disability or challenge that limits them from being able to live and work independently,” Harper said. “This program is a grassroots Blount County program, something highly needed, especially with folks having these challenges, and there is no government support.”

The Gateway to Independence is a designated 501(c)(3) non-profit agency. Gate activities are held at the Sycamore Tree United Methodist Church located at 1830 Clydesdale Street just off East Lamar Alexander Parkway in Maryville. For more information, visit www.gatewaytoindependence.org or call 865-379-7904.

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