Center Stage 2012, a black tie gala to benefit the Goody’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, was held recently at Knoxville Convention Center with special guest Chicago. Center Stage was created in 1993 by event chairs Bob and Wendy Goodfriend after their son was hospitalized due to a diving accident. More than $2 million in net proceeds has been raised from the annual charity event, which always features live music by popular musicians.
The decorations for Center Stage 2012 reflected the theme “Color My World,” one of Chicago’s most popular songs. The focal scenes in the halls leading to the ballroom displayed original children’s art and bright colors.
The table decorations consisted of four-sided glass frames with a candle in the center that illuminated pictures of former patients and notes of thanks from the children. The chairs were draped with black chair covers, and the backs were tied with multi-color tulle holding a large oversized paint brush. Following dinner, guests enjoyed listening and dancing to Chicago.
Guests included presenting sponsors Bob and Wendy Goodfriend and Jeff and Kaye Goodfriend; Mitch and Debbie Steenrod, who represented presenting sponsor Pilot; sponsors Scott and Nikki Niswonger, representing Landair, Steve and Becky South, representing South College; Mike and Jama Campbell and Dick and Nancy Westerling, representing Regal; Doug and Diane Haaland and Tim and Kimberly Moorehead, representing Team Health; Dr. Joseph Childs and wife Sabrina, representing Children’s Pediatric Group; Dr. James Craig and wife LaVerne, representing Innovative Pathology. Also there were Center Stage committee members Kelly and Dana Headden and Ron and Holly Lawson; and Chrissy and James Harrill and Misty and Brian Barger, representing the Butterfly Fund.
Also present were Dr. Youhanna Al-Tawil and Dr. Salwa Alkhoury, Dr. David Birdwell and wife Judy, Dr. Glaze Vaughan, Dr. Randy Pardue and wife Jeanann, Dr. Lise Christensen and Dr. Jesse Doers, Dr. Oliver Hoig and wife Robin, Dr. Robert Lembersky and wife Susan, Dr. Joel Sanner and wife Cinda, Dr. Heather Edgley and Dr. Calvin Bard, Dr. Amit Patel and wife Nilam, Dr. Lewis Harris and wife Susie, Dr. Frankie Crain and husband Thomas Ruf, Dr. Debbie Christiansen and husband Kenny, Dr. Kenneth Wicker and wife Lori, Dr. Shahid Malik and wife Nazmia, Dr. Ray Pais and wife Babyling Fe, and Dr. Jay Crawford and wife Staci.
Others there were Rocky and Janet Goode, who have attended every Center Stage, Steve and Mary Ellen Brewington, Joe and Ronda Landsman, Sharon Spezia, Don and Carol Parnell, Ed and Karen Pershing, Mike and Melissa Charland, David and Pam Jordan, John and Karen Kalec, Donna Johnston, Pam Fansler, Bruce and Tami Hartmann, Doug and Vicky Kennedy, Jon and Toni Lawler, Randy and Robin Gibson, David and Sandy Martin, Dennis and Becky Ragsdale,Charlie and Pat Mink, Sid and Jo Blalock, Doug Rogers and Paul Bannick.
- Springtime in Paris, Sacred Heart Cathedral School’s 22nd annual dinner, dance, and auction, was recently held at Cherokee Country Club. Funds raised help the school purchase items not included in the annual budget. Among the guests were event co-chairs Christy Connor Watkins and husband Gregg, Kym Lightholder and husband Todd, Ginger Holt and husband Michael, Nicole Noe and husband Matt, live auction chair Kelly Nystrom and husband Frank, silent auction chairs Melanie Pollock and husband Chris, Karyn Casey and husband Mike, decorations chair Trish Tallent and husband Jason, Sacred Heart’s development director Joni Punch and husband Jerry, Joe and Melinda Kirk, Ann and Jerry Bodie, Mike and Carol Connor, Michelle and Sam Albritton, Sherri and John Murphy, Mike and Carol Connor, Bo and Cindy Connor, Michael and Donna Brunson, Joann and Robert Coakley, Mary Mac and Steve Wilson, school principal Sedonna Prater and husband Ron, and school pastor Father David Boatner.
- Harmony Adoptions’ campaign to establish the Harmony Family Center at Montvale got a boost at a recent luncheon at Cherokee Country Club. Sponsored by Mike West and BPV Wealth Management, the luncheon introduced 70 guests to the work of Harmony Adoptions and their plans for the family center. Harmony Adoptions, founded by adoptive parent Pam Wolf in 1996, finds families for at-risk children, supports adoptive families, and provides training and advocacy. Their disruption rate (when a child returns to foster care) is less than one percent, contrasted with the 10-15 percent national average. The Harmony Family Center at Montvale will be a therapeutic center for children and families and those who have aged out of foster care.
The luncheon was hosted by Cathy Ackermann, Jenny Boyd, Donna Cobble, Joan Cronan, Vicky Fulmer, Ann Furrow, Sandy Martin and Sharon Pryse. Guests included Sandy Bertelkamp, Lenna Allen, Jerri Andrew, Barbara Apking, Barbara Arant, Susan Bacon, Kati Blalock, Allison Burchett, Heather Butcher, Elizabeth Carroll, Connie Collins, Sarah Collins, Nicole Coning, Jane Creed, Margaret Dye, Janey Ely, Pam Frye, Cheryl Gentry, Jenny Glover, Beverly Gonzalez, Tina Graves, Marsha Hollingsworth, Connie Hutchins, Kristi Kulesz, Faye Langley, Kim Liberatore, Jane Martin, Sheena McCall, Ann McMurray, Sis Mitchell, Lisa Norris, Marnie Page, Karen Pershing, Mary Ann Rinearson, Christi Sayles, Kathy Scourby, Billie Shelby, Lynn Smith, Sarah Stowers, Mary Frances Tucker, Mitsy Watts, Jennifer West, Tiffiny West, Andrea White, Evelyn Wilcox, Carolyn Will, Marsey Williams, Brenda Wood, Melanie Wood, Sarah Pope and Sue Balder.
- Union Ave Books was the setting for “Writers’ Night Out,” a recent fundraiser for Friends of Literacy. Authors who attended were Bill Landry, Sam Venable, Marilyn Kallet, Jim Johnston, Chris Herbert, Tracey Bradshaw and Ed Francisco. Sponsors Skirt magazine, B97.5, and Union Ave Books treated readers and writers to appetizers from Holly’s Eventful Dining and wines from Ashe’s Wine and Spirits. Guests included Friends of Literacy board members Jennifer Bennett, Vivian Vega, Candee Reaves and Mary Fran Darwin; Nancy Parrish, Donna and Terry Wertz, Charlene Negendank, Diane Mitchell, Susan Todd, Wade Smith and Jerry Toppins.
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