There were cheers, excitement, and sweet tears of emotion at this year’s “Jazz, Baby!” Fundraiser October 15, 2015 at the Foundry to support Friends of Tennessee’s Babies with Special Needs. 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. A wonderful Silent Auction and Wine Pull were very popular with the enthusiastic crowd. Maria Thompson was named Volunteer of the Year. Young Hero of the year, Campbell Rutherford, performed a jazz number on the keyboard that resulted in a standing ovation.
This fun event benefited 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 one 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 when they need one and many free family events, including: Zoo Day, a Smokies’ Ballgame, and a Holiday party. We are totally supported by grants, personal donations and community volunteers.