Helen Ross McNabb Foundation launches campaign to increase substance use treatment in Knoxville

(Knoxville, Tenn.) The Helen Ross McNabb Foundation is excited to launch a $2.35 million capital campaign that will bring additional much-needed substance use treatment beds to the Knoxville area. 

“This is an important initiative for our community,” said Ted Flickinger and Richard Maples, campaign co-chairs. “By increasing capacity and providing greater access to affordable care, we can save lives in the community.”

The demand for access to affordable, medically monitored detox and residential substance use treatment continues to grow in Knoxville. In 2020, Knox County saw more than 370 suspected drug overdose deaths, which was a nearly 30 percent increase from the prior year.

The Foundation’s capital campaign will expand and refresh the McNabb Center’s CenterPointe program, which offers residential addiction and detox treatment services. In FY2020, CenterPointe served nearly 1,500 individuals; however, there is a constant waitlist for treatment and the need far surpasses the Center’s current capacity.

The Helen Ross McNabb Foundation has raised $2 million toward it’s $2.35 million goal. The project is supported by contributions from The University of Tennessee Medical Center, The Boyd Foundation, Knox County and numerous community donors. 

To contribute to the CenterPointe expansion campaign, visit and select “CenterPointe Facility Expansion.”

“We are thankful for the McNabb Center and its commitment to serving individuals who suffer from addiction. The Helen Ross McNabb Foundation’s CenterPointe project provides additional access to address this critical challenge in our community. Together, we can provide a path to recovery and a happier and more productive life.” – The Boyd Foundation

“As the numbers continue to rise for those in our community facing substance use disorders, the need is tremendous for additional treatment options and to provide affordable, accessible care,” said Joe Landsman, president and CEO of The University of Tennessee Medical Center. “At The University of Tennessee Medical Center, we’re proud to join the Helen Ross McNabb Foundation in focusing on the expansion of services for individuals in our community who struggle with addiction.”

About Helen Ross McNabb Foundation

Since its founding in 1972, the Helen Ross McNabb Foundation has worked diligently to support the work of the McNabb Center. In addition to providing leadership and direction, the Foundation’s staff and volunteer board actively raises, holds and invests funds on behalf of the Center. Funds raised by the Foundation over the past nearly 50 years have contributed greatly toward the stability and growth of the Center. For more information, visit or call 865-541-6684.

Helen Ross McNabb Foundation hosts fourth Scenic City Sporting Clays Tournament to “Pull!” for a Good Cause

(CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.) The Helen Ross McNabb Foundation invites the community to support the 2021 Scenic City Sporting Clays Tournament on Friday, April 16, at Benton Sporting Clays in Charleston, Tenn. 

The tournament, which still has team and sponsorship opportunities available, marks the fourth fundraising event specifically focused on supporting mental health, substance use and social services provided by the McNabb Center in the Greater Chattanooga Area. 

“We are pleased to continue to expand available services in the Greater Chattanooga Area,” said Jerry Vagnier, McNabb Center president and CEO. “The Scenic City Sporting Clays Tournament will allow the Center to serve more people and contribute to the continued growth of the McNabb Center’s services in the region.”

This year’s tournament features a 9 a.m. flight and 1 p.m. flight. The cost for a four-person team is $600 and includes lunch, door prizes, a goody bag, an event shirt and the use of a golf cart. Prizes will be awarded to the three highest scoring teams in each flight using the Lewis Handicapping System. Team opportunities are currently available for both flights.

The Scenic City Sporting Clays Tournament is sponsored by Vulcan Materials and Grain Craft.

For more information about team and sponsorship opportunities, please call Martin Hussey at (423) 290-6499 or visit

The McNabb Center is the region’s leading nonprofit provider of mental health, substance use, social and victim services. By focusing on an individual’s “Well Mind, Well Being,” we provide a quality and compassionate approach to care from infancy through adulthood. Since 1948, the Center has proudly served individuals with the most needs and fewest resources. Today, the McNabb Center delivers support to more than 30,000 people throughout East Tennessee each year. For more information, visit or call 1-800-255-9711.