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Red, White & Blues Friday, July 2

Support local schools.

That’s the message Red, White & Blues planners want the community to hear.

“It actually came from the Mayor [Ralph McGill] that we needed to do something for the schools, and he asked what the business community could do,” David Purvis, Farragut Business Alliance founder, said.

The Business Alliance is planning the event.

“So we thought that here was a chance to do something for the community to come together, have fun, raise some money and benefit a cause that has meaning to everybody. You need your kids to have a good education.

“With the budget crisis and teachers losing their jobs, we need to find creative ways to help fund the schools,” he added.

All proceeds from the event, above expenses, will be donated to Farragut schools, in conjunction with Farragut’s Education Relations Committee.

Attendees can pre-pay for tickets the day of the event, Friday, July 2, at the event site — property belonging to Doug and Brenda Horne, adjacent to farragutpress. Event planners are making arrangements for credit and debit card payments.

“That seemed like the best solution,” Purvis said.

“It’s going to be cost-effective and give us a long term solution for other events,” he added.

Admission tickets will be $5 for adults and $2 for children under age 12. Food from The Shrimp Dock and from Buddy’s Bar-B-Q will be available for purchase. Beer and wine also will be served, as will free ice cream sandwiches from TDS Telecom.

KONA Ice will bring a snow-cone truck and will donate 30 percent of its proceeds to the school donation fund.

Some tables and chairs will be set up under a tent, but families are encouraged to bring folding chairs or blankets.

Entertainment will be provided by Slow Blind Hill from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

FBA members hope this event will become an annual one, to be held the night before the Town’s Independence Day Parade.

“Farragut needs a sense of community, and I don’t think we necessarily have that. And an event can bring people together with a common bond,” Purvis said.

“Everybody I’ve talked to is fired up about this,” he added.

The Business Alliance is looking for volunteers for the event to pour drinks and sell tickets.

Pamela Treacy, Phil Dangel, Ginny McLain-Tate, Carla Lyle and Naoko Blue are planners.

TDS Telecom, BB&T, the town of Farragut, Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce, farragutpress, Smoky Mt. Brewery, Twisted Wines and Dayton Pest Control are event sponsors.


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