Second Opinion, a group of Methodist Medical Center physicians and friends who perform classic rock, will provide music for dancing Saturday, Aug. 16, during the Atomic Blast, the annual fundraiser for the Free Medical Clinic of Oak Ridge.
The fundraiser will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. in the Parish Life Center of St. Mary’s Church, 327 Vermont Ave. It will include a catered dinner, Celebrity Dance Contest, and live auction conducted by the entertaining Bear Stephenson.
Second Opinion was formed about 20 years ago. The group, which has had several generations of physician band members, plays for charitable and other local events.
“We have performed for Doc Rock, which benefits Hospitality Houses for MMC outpatients and their caregivers,” said Dr. Ken Luckmann, a recently retired gastroenterology specialist in Oak Ridge and a volunteer at FMCOR. “Our band also performed at the Feast With The Beasts on the Knoxville Zoo main stage and on stage at the Tennessee Theater and Bijou Theater.”
On Aug. 9, Second Opinion will provide entertainment at the Second Saturday Concerts at The Cove in Knoxville.
Current band members are Dr. John Jernigan, drums; Todd Wright, guitar; Dr. Daryl Harp, keyboards; Larry Sheumaker, saxophone and vocals; Dave Lynch, bass; Tim Comer and Melissa Carter, vocals; and Dr. Luckmann, bassist emeritus.
Couples who have entered in the Celebrity Dance Contest so far are Judy and Dan DiGregorio, JoAnne and Ray Garrett, Patti Loch and Ron Shelton, Jack and Ruth Sills, and Dennis and Julie Wolf. Five more couples will be joining in the fun and the friendly competition.
Other highlights of the event will be a silent auction, a new “Atomic Blast Signature Drink,” and wine and beer for purchase.
Tickets cost $60 and can be purchased online at www.fmcor.org (click on the Atomic Blast tab). Or you can buy a ticket at the FMCOR office, 116 East Division Rd. (behind Zaxby’s restaurant) in Oak Ridge.
The third option is to make a check payable to the Free Medical Clinic of Oak Ridge, with “Atomic Blast tickets” on the notation line. Then mail the check to the address above, adding Oak Ridge, TN 37830.
The Free Medical Clinic provides medical services to residents of Anderson, Roane, and Morgan counties who lack health insurance and cannot afford medical care.