By Carolyn Krause
The best party in town, many attendees have said! A lively dance contest, line dancing lessons, delicious dinner and drinks, as well as delightful auction items. Dance music by popular disc jockey Dave King. Casual attire.
It’s the Boot Scootin’ Bash of the Free Medical Clinic of Oak Ridge, complete with a Western theme (think boots, saddles, wagon wheels, horses, cowboys, cowgirls, rodeos, and saloons). The bash is the annual fun fundraiser for Free Medical Clinic, which provides no-charge primary care and wellness services to low-income, uninsured residents of Anderson, Morgan, and Roane counties who otherwise would not have access to the medical care they need.
Elaine Graham, the entertaining emcee and 2016 dance contest winner, will run the show. Free Medical Clinic volunteers and staff will present the Boot Scootin’ Bash on Saturday, August 10, from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the Parish Life Center of St. Mary’s Catholic Church at 327 Vermont Avenue.
The dance contestants will include Rick Meredith and Jennifer Honeycutt; Jack and Maria Sills; Phil and Ann Carter; Des and Karen Mahoney; Meghan O’Neal, the Oak Ridge High School Dance Cats, and two bartenders. They will be competing to raise the most money from the audience, all for the benefit of Free Medical Clinic. You can vote on the website www.fmcor.org now (click on the Events tab and then on Bash 2019), or at the Bash, for your favorite Oak Ridge dancers as they compete in the celebrity dance contest.
The live auction, to be officiated by “Bear” Stephenson, will include big items such as a week’s stay at a beach house in Jupiter, Florida, a gas smoker, a football signed by Josh Dobbs (former University of Tennessee quarterback, now with the Pittsburgh Steelers), a bubbling fountain, appointments with a massage therapist, and a “ghost tour” of the old Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary.
The silent auction will include gift cards and passes to restaurants, custom jewelry, handmade furniture, and a wheelbarrow full of adult beverages such as wines, liquors, moonshine, and beer.
So far, Free Medical Clinic of Oak Ridge has received generous checks or pledges from a number of corporate sponsors for 2019: Visionary ($2,500)— Eagle Bend Manufacturing, Methodist Medical Center; Humanitarian ($2,000)—National Contract Management, Vacuum Technology of Tennessee Inc.; Benefactor ($1,000)—North Wind Solutions LLC, Oak Ridge Utility District, Techmer Polymer Modifiers; Supporter ($500)—Enrichment Federal Credit Union, Fox Toyota, Powell-Clinch Utility District, Realty Center, Tennessee Members 1st Federal Credit Union, TN Bank, and UT-Battelle.
Tickets costing $75 per person are on sale until sold out. A ticket can be purchased online at www.fmcor.org (click on the Events tab, Bash 2019, and Tickets). You can also buy a ticket by mailing a check to the Free Medical Clinic office, 116 East Division Rd., Oak Ridge, TN 37830, or by calling the office at (865) 483-3904.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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