The Emory Valley Center has been providing services to children and adults with intellectual, developmental, and physical disabilities in the East Tennessee community for 68 years.
Since its inception in 1955, the center has grown substantially in a variety of ways, particularly with its continued addition of new programs for the people it supports.
The center’s annual “Compassion” fundraiser will be held from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, April 27, and will directly benefit the center’s new Medicaid Alternative Pathways to Independence program.
This program began in March and assists students who are transitioning out of high school and adults by supplying the tools, technology, and support needed to meet goals they set for themselves.
This will help set the people the center supports on a path to learn skills to help them work, live independently, learn about their neighborhoods, and find hobbies that interest them.
Compassion Fundraiser attendees will hear stories from the people the center supports, their families, staff, and community partners.
The event, featuring Don Dare of WATE-TV as emcee, will include a full-course catered dinner by Take Out Thyme, and a live auction, conducted by Bear Stephenson of Stephenson Realty & Auction.
Auction donations will go directly toward helping support specific needs in a variety of center programs.
The night will conclude with the presentation of the Emory Valley Center Compassion Award to Jim Dodson, celebrating his many acts of compassion for people at the center and throughout the community.
Emory Valley Center would like to thank the following sponsors for their generous support: Weigel’s, Friends of Jim Dodson, Leidos, TNBANK, UCOR, WATE-TV, HUB International, MCLinc, Trinity Benefit Advisors, Amerigroup, Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Clary, Enrichment Federal Credit Union, Home Federal Bank, Dr. and Mrs. Alan Icenhour, McFarland Pharmacy, ORAU, Pinnacle Financial Partners, Dr. and Mrs. Bob Smallridge, Take Out Thyme, Judy Stone Wilson/Realty Executives, ZYP Coatings, Access Retirement Services, Tom Beehan and Kay Brookshire, Yvonne Dalschen, Charlie Hensley, Beth Hickman, Methodist Medical Center, Oak Ridge Utility District, Ridgeview Behavioral Health Services, SmartBank, Stephenson Realty & Auction, Dottie Thompson, and Willow Ridge Garden Center and Landscaping.
Just a few tickets remain. To purchase tickets or make a donation in lieu of attendance, please visit Emory Valley Center’s website at emoryvalleycenter.org/annual-fundraiser-tickets/.