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Scarecrow, Second Harvest benefit planned

“Scarecrow” Julia Purvis prepares to uncork a bottle of wine for, front l-r, David and Robin Purvis, Farragut Wine & Spirits owners; Elaine Streno, director Second Harvest; back l-r, Jimmy Buckner, Scarecrow Foundation executive director; Bill Landry, “The Heartland Series” host and Harry Wade, Scarecrow Foundation president in preparation for the upcoming free wine tasting benefiting Scarecrow Foundation and Second Harvest from 5:30 to 7:30, Thursday, Aug. 18.- Dan Barile/farragutpress
The Scarecrow Food Tour with Bill Landry will be making a stop in Farragut Thursday, Aug. 18.

Farragut Wine & Spirits will host a wine tasting from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the store, to benefit Second Harvest’s Food for Kids program.

The Scarecrow Food Tour is a 14-week event sponsored by Scarecrow Foundation and Food City. The Tour makes weekly stops at several local businesses in an effort to bring awareness of hunger in the community.

Farragut Wine & Spirits owner David Purvis said, “We are going to do an in-store wine tasting. The Shrimp Dock and Archer’s Barbeque will be providing food samples at the event as well, and we are going to try and encourage people to provide donations for the Food for Kids program at Second Harvest.”

Archer’s Barbeque will be serving a mini barbeque sandwich, which Purvis plans to pair with a zinfandel.

Purvis also will choose wines to complement The Shrimp Dock’s choice of salmon filet bites.

Purvis said he became involved with the event out of a desire to help bring awareness of child hunger in the community.

“It sort of pulls at your heartstrings,” he said.

“I believe that in order to be successful in business you have to get outside of your four walls and you have to get involved in the community. My personal preference is to be involved in kid-oriented or kid-beneficial organizations,” he added.

Landry, who hosted “The Heartland Series” from its inception to its recent conclusion, will be at the event as well.

“[Landry] is writing a book about his experience with The Heartland Series and the people, and he will be taking pre-orders,” Purvis said.

The Food for Kids program is a collaborative effort between Second Harvest and East Tennessee area schools.

Food for Kids provides backpacks filled with kid-friendly food for elementary-aged children to take home after school or on weekends.

Each Food for Kids site costs Second Harvest about $3,500 to operate each year. The Farragut Wine & Spirits wine tasting event will give community members the opportunity to help with these costs.

“The event is free for anyone,” Purvis said, “but we are asking if they would like to make a cash donation to Second Harvest.”

“We talked to them about what they would want as far as food items, but they said it needs to be kid-friendly, meaning the kids have to be able to prepare it themselves. Canned foods are not good because the kids will have to use a can opener, and these can’t be things that they have to cook. So they prefer that we focus on cash donations in order for them to purchase the appropriate items for the kids,” he added.

Purvis does not just give lip service to his desire to help needy children. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Childhelp, which is how Farragut Wine & Spirits became involved with the Scarecrow Food Tour.

“Scarecrow Foundation was founded by Jimmy Buckner, one of the owners of Ray’s ESG near West Town Mall and Latitude 35 downtown. He and I serve on the board of Childhelp, so I got to know him through that and he has had a personal desire for helping to raise awareness of hunger, so he started the Scarecrow Foundation. So we are trying to support the event, plus it gives us the chance to directly support kids, hungry kids, in our schools and in our community,” Purvis said.

For more information on the Scarecrow Foundation and the Scarecrow Food Tour, visit and for more information on the Second Harvest Food for Kids program, visit

The Sports Animal and farragutpress are media sponsors for the event.


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