There were cheers, excitement, and sweet tears of emotion once again at this year’s “Jazz, Baby!” fundraiser for Friends of Tennessee’s Babies with Special Needs held at the Foundry on Thursday evening, September 28, 2017. Fast becoming one of the most anticipated events in town, the evening featured a delicious and hearty selection of hors d’oeuvres and the swinging music of Vance Thompson, Knoxville Jazz Orchestra founder, leading an ensemble of local jazz musician friends. Dynamic auctioneer David Alley of Alley Auctions conducted a live auction with an array of fantastic items donated by generous local businesses and friends. The Silent Auction and Wine Pull rounded out this lovely evening.

This fun event was to benefit Friends of Tennessee’s Babies with Special Needs, a nonprofit organization that supports young children with special needs and their families.  Our target audience consists of over two thousand families in Knox and surrounding counties. We provide a Loaner Hearing Aid Bank for children with hearing loss, a resource library for families, respite care to give families a break and strengthen relationships, quarterly Baby Showers for families who have babies in the NICU at both Children’s and UT Hospitals, and many free family events including trips to Zoo Knoxville, a Smokies ballgame, Ripley’s Aquarium and a Holiday party. We are totally supported by grants, personal donations and community volunteers.

A great big THANK YOU to the following sponsors: Clayton Foundation, Formall INC, Jim and Natalie Haslam, Pilot/Flying J, Ann & Steve Bailey, McCamy Construction, Clayton Homes, 21st Mortgage, The McLaughlin Group, Farragut ENT Allergy, East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, Dover Development, University of Tennessee Medical Center,  Stowers, Choice Medical, Schafer Insurance, and Rob Shaffer Equity Partners

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