ADFAC will host “The Starry Night,” their ninth annual Bill Wilcox Bow Tie Event, on Saturday, October 23, at the Doubletree Hotel in Oak Ridge. This event celebrates an important volunteer in our community each year who exemplifies the values of the late Bill Wilcox. This year’s honoree is local educator and community volunteer Jim Dodson.
The cocktail-attire event will begin at 5 p.m. It will feature Elaine Graham as the emcee, and it will be a night of celebration while making every effort to host a safe and fun event to raise funds for ADFAC, a press release said.
“ADFAC and the Bow Tie Committee, chaired by Wendie Aurin, are excited about the fun opportunities this year’s event offers, including a special performance by The Missing Goats, self-described as a four-piece pub band, who entertain with Irish, Scottish, and Appalachian songs,” the press release said.
The program will also include stories shared by some of Dodson’s friends and family about his important contributions to the community and opportunities to learn more about ADFAC’s mission and work in the area, the press release said.
Appetizers and dinner will be served and a cash bar will be provided.
ADFAC’s top priority is the safety and security of the entire ADFAC family – its supporters, volunteers, staff, and clients, the press release said. “As we have since March of 2020, ADFAC continues to adapt and update protocols and procedures regarding the pandemic. In response to the elevated number of positive COVID-19 cases throughout our community, all guests attending the 2021 Bill Wilcox Bow Tie Event must be fully vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination,” the release said.
You may provide proof of vaccination in two ways:
- Text or email a photo of your vaccination card to ADFAC Development Director Jamie LaRose at (865) 385-8771 or [email protected] (photos and any identifying information will be kept confidential, and records will be deleted after the event); or
- Bring your vaccination card (or photo of your card on your phone) to the event. ADFAC staff and/or volunteers will verify your vaccination status at check-in.
In addition, guests are strongly encouraged to wear masks when not eating or drinking.
“We truly look forward to celebrating Jim Dodson in the safest way possible on October 23 and can’t wait to see you for a fun evening supporting ADFAC!” the press release said.
This year’s auction will include specially selected pieces of art donated by Dodson for unique “buy it now” pieces and several beautiful framed pieces for the live auction hosted by local celebrity auctioneer Bear Stephenson, the press release said. Other auction items will include specially made pottery by Bill Capshaw, photography by Ray Smith framed by Appalachian Art & Frame, and a The Missing Goats performance booking.
Past Bill Wilcox Bow Tie awardees include Ray Smith, Tim Myrick, Cande Seay, Bear Stephenson, Tom Row, Kathy Stimpson (posthumously), Louise Mixon, Bill Capshaw, and Tom Beehan.
This year’s event is presented by MCLinc and sponsored by ORUD, Estate Sale Professionals, TNBank, Wendie Aurin – Realty Executive Associates, Fox Willis Burnette, PLLC, Bill and Carroll Welch, the Wilcox Family, and all the previous Bow Tie recipients, the press release said. With additional essential support provided by Leidos, BBB-TV, Estate Sale Professionals, DoubleTree, and Trish Polfus.
Aid to Distressed Families of Appalachian Counties (ADFAC) began in the mid 1980s as a local ecumenical effort to provide assistance to impoverished families. As the broad needs of the low-income community became evident, the faith-based collaborative moved to become a 501(c)(3) public charity in January 1987. Over the years, ADFAC has honored its roots by developing a broad variety of programs designed to meet unfilled needs in the community and currently answers more than 6,000 requests for assistance each year.
This press release was submitted by Annie Cacheiro of ADFAC.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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