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McNabb Center’s Christmas in July Toy Drive Begins This Week

The Dear Santa Christmas in July Toy Drive kicks off July 1. The event enables the community to participate easily via an Amazon wish list, while contributing to children and families who will have a need this holiday season.

Each year, approximately 2,300 children and families in the East Tennessee region are served through the Dear Santa Program. Last year, approximately 600 child clients and their siblings received Christmas gifts from the Christmas toy drive donations as part of the Dear Santa Program.

“The Dear Santa program relies heavily on community support to serve children and families who otherwise wouldn’t have Christmas gifts,” said Rebecca McKnight, public relations and communications coordinator. “Donations from the Christmas in July Toy Drive helps us to ensure gifts are readily available to children in need as we enter the holiday season.” 

Now in its third year, the Christmas in July Toy Drive began to encourage mid-year donations and help jumpstart the spirit of giving. The Dear Santa program serves children of all ages.

Community members are encouraged to utilize the Dear Santa Amazon Wish List (https://a.co/cPvHspS ) or donate to the Dear Santa program at www.mcnabbfoundation.org/donate. Individuals who want to drop off new/unwrapped toys or clothing may call (800) 255-9711 to schedule a drop-off appointment.

For any additional information, please contact Rebecca McKnight at rebecca.mcknight@mcnabb.org.

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 www.mcnabbcenter.org or call 1-800-255-9711.

Big BBQ Bash returns with delicious competition

The Helen Ross McNabb Foundation is excited to bring the Big BBQ Bash back to Founder’s Square in historic downtown Maryville on June 25 and 26. The professional barbeque cook-off fundraiser was established as a legacy project by the Leadership Blount Class of 2007 and this marks its seventh year as a Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS) sanctioned competition.

Since its inception, the Big BBQ Bash has raised more than $200,000 and all proceeds from the 2021 competition will benefit the McNabb Center’s military services.

KCBS sanctions barbecue and grilling contests across the U.S. and advocates barbecue as America’s cuisine. Additionally, KCBS has a vast Certified Barbecue Judging program. KCBS is the largest association of barbecue lovers in the world. 

The Big BBQ Bash draws more than 30 teams from across the country to compete for $10,000 in cash and prizes, and of course, bragging rights. Categories include pulled pork, ribs, brisket and chicken. Former governor Bill Haslam proclaimed the Big BBQ Bash as a state championship, making the competition a qualifier for the American Royal Barbecue Cook-Off and Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Barbecue.

Teams can choose to sell their award-winning barbecue or save it all for the competition. If teams elect to sell, barbecue will be available for purchase on Friday evening and midday Saturday. 

To register a barbecue team or for sponsorship information, please visit the event website, www.blountbbqbash.com or contact Lindsay Hughes at (865) 329-9031 or Lindsay.hughes@mcnabb.org.

The Big BBQ Bash is a part of Summer on Broadway, a two-day festival with food and activities for the whole family. Admission is free to the public and more information about Summer on Broadway can be found at www.summeronbroadway.net.

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 tomore than 30,000 people throughout East Tennessee each year. For more information, visit www.mcnabbcenter.org or call 1-800-255-9711.