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‘Great White Way’ theme for Chamber May fund-raiser

The Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce is polishing up the final details for its May 12 annual auction and


“It’s going to be a great event,” said Emily Cox, who is chairing the event for the Chamber.

Cox said the theme for this year is “Give My Regards to Broadway … Chamber Style!” It will be held at Rothchild’s Catering and as a black-tie optional event.

“It’s been quite a pleasure to be chairman of this event,” Cox said. “The business community and the Chamber members have been really supportive. It has really been a smooth process.”

She said the evening would start at 6:30 p.m. with registration and a silent auction. Dinner will be served at 7:30, followed by a live auction. William “Bear” Stephenson of Stephenson Realty & Auction will serve as auctioneer.

“Silent and live auction items are being donated by area business and artists,” Cox said. “Items range from dining certificates to tires, weekend getaways to paintings and sporting event tickets. There is certainly something for everyone.”

Cox said the event sponsors this year include TDS Telecom, Parkwest Medical Center, First Tennessee and FSGBank. Many other area businesses have signed on as tabletop sponsors to compete for the Best Dressed Table award.

Patrons will be entertained by Broadway show tunes played on a Yamaha self-playing Disc Lavier Grand Piano courtesy of Bill Jones Music.

Chamber President and CEO Bettye Sisco said the Chamber has changed the theme for the event each of the past five years. Last year’s theme was Mardi Gras and the 2004 theme was Cinco de Mayo.

“This adds variety and a fresh look,” she said. “It has been very rewarding to see the excitement surrounding this major Chamber fund-raiser grow each year.”

At the 2004 event, Sisco said, for example, there was a lot of fun and enjoyment. The party took place two days after the actual holiday, but no one seemed to mind. A mariachi band named Dos Gringos, colorful decorations and a meal of traditional Mexican fare set the mood.

Partygoers contributed to the atmosphere by wearing sombreros and speaking the language.

Farragut Mayor W. Edward “Eddy” Ford got in on the fun when he and Sisco shared the tradition of cracking celebration eggs filled with confetti. They simultaneously cracked eggs on each other’s head.

Cox said this year’s event promises to be equally as fun and entertaining. Students from the local elementary schools in Farragut, she said, will provide some of the décor for the tables.

“We’ll have teen volunteers from Farragut High School to help out,” she said.

Cost of the dinner is $50 for members and $60 for non-members. Cox said reservations should be made as soon as possible by calling the Chamber office at 865-675-7057, or register online at Space is limited and the deadline for reservations is Friday, May 5.

“The Chamber will be donating one dollar per ticket to the American Cancer Society Relay for Life program,” Cox said, adding, “A portion of the proceeds will also go toward the Chamber’s Continuing Education Grant Program.”

For more information, call Cox at 865-769-6533 or the Chamber office.


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