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Helen Ross McNabb Foundation hosts inaugural Shenanigans fundraising event

The Helen Ross McNabb Foundation is excited to announce a brand new event — Sunset Shenanigans Cosmic Drive and Putt. This one-of-a-kind fundraiser will be held on Monday, October 18 at The Club at Gettysvue. An exciting addition to the Foundation’s event portfolio, Sunset Shenanigans will support programs and services that serve thousands of children, adults and families in East Tennessee.

Teams of four will participate in a cosmic target golf challenge and a cosmic putting contest. Players will have an entirely new golf experience, playing once the sun goes down on a glow-in-the-dark driving range. Local vendors will provide an array of fun food and drinks.

“The McNabb Center does important work in our community, serving people who struggle with mental illness and substance use,” said Russ Watkins, President and CEO of Partners Development. “It is an honor to sponsor this unique event and support the Center while enjoying an evening of golf.”

For more information about the Foundation’s Sunset Shenanigans event, visithttps://mcnabbfoundation.org/shenanigans

About the 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 multi-member 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 www.mcnabbfoundation.org or call 865-541-6684.

About the McNabb Center

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, visitwww.mcnabbcenter.org or call 1-800-255-9711.

Spirit Award Dinner returns to honor Beth Haynes & Russell Biven

Beth Haynes and Russell Biven will be honored at the 2021 Spirit Award Dinner benefiting the McNabb Center. The event will be held Tuesday, September 21st at Lakeshore Park.

The Spirit Award Dinner began in 2004 to recognize individuals who have supported the efforts of the McNabb Center and have worked selflessly to improve the community as a whole. Beth and Russell have made a long-lasting impact on the East Tennessee community through their time working together at WBIR-TV and headlining fundraising events on behalf of the Center.

Beth has volunteered for many non-profit agencies in Knoxville and, in 2012, helped the Helen Ross McNabb Foundation launch the Beth Haynes 12 Days of Christmas Online Auction, which raised more than $100,000 in 2020. The event helps provide holiday gifts and experiences for child clients of the McNabb Center.

Russell has also dedicated countless hours to numerous area non-profit organizations. The Helen Ross McNabb Foundation has been fortunate to have Russell as the face of the Russell Biven Clayfest for more than 15 years. Under his leadership, the event has quadrupled in revenue, raising nearly $100,000 at the 2021 event.

“Beth and Russell are incredible friends of the McNabb Center,” said Jerry Vagnier, McNabb Center CEO. “As journalists, they have raised awareness of the issues faced by our community and, as local celebrities, they’ve helped raise funds that ensure our services continue.”

For ticket information, please contact Lindsay Hughes at (865) 329-9031 or lindsay.hughes@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.

“Evening of Hope” event returns to honor Don & Penney Rogers

The 2021 Evening of Hope dinner returns on Thursday, August 12 at The Country Club in Morristown to honor Don and Penney Rogers. This event benefits McNabb Center programming and services in Hamblen County. 

Don came to Morristown from new Jersey and established Rogers Petroleum in 1980. Since then, the company has grown into the leading petroleum wholesale distributor within the Southeastern market. Personally, and professionally, the Rogers family is committed to supporting the local community.

“Don and Penney embody the McNabb Center’s mission; improving the lives of the people we serve,” said Sharon Reid, McNabb Center’s senior director of Hamblen County services. “They have been long supporters of the Center and the entire Morristown community and they make a positive impact on our work.”

The McNabb Center’s clinic in Morristown offers numerous services, including mental health care for children, families and adults; intensive outpatient substance use treatment for adults and adolescents; pre-arrest diversion programming, which includes the Jail to Work program and Crisis Intervention Team training; recovery housing; a Crisis Stabilization Unit; and the Youth Emergency Shelter.

For ticket information, please contact Beth Farrow at (865) 329-9030 or beth.farrow@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.

Helen Ross McNabb Foundation welcomes new board members and officers for 2021-2022

 Houston Smelcer, vice president of development and government relations, welcomes new board members and officers to the Foundation’s Board of Directors.

Newly appointed 2021-2022 McNabb Foundation board members:

Anne Lantry
President, Lantry Family Foundation

Mike Fishman
Citizen Tribune

Davis Overton
White Realty
Senior Vice President Real Estate 

Clair Speight
Community Volunteer

Chris Devaney
Founding partner, The Poplar Group

2021-2022 McNabb Foundation Board of Directors elected officers:

Ashley White, Chair
Community Volunteer

David Ownby, Chair-Elect
Former CFO, Regal Entertainment Group

Lucy Hand, Secretary
Community Volunteer

Ford Little, Treasurer
Partner, Woolf, McClane, Bright, Allen & Carpenter

David Wedekind, Past Chair
Of Counsel, Hodges Doughtry & Carson
Owner, Balter Beerworks

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 multi-member 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 www.mcnabbfoundation.org or call 865-541-6684.

About the McNabb Center

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.

Russell Biven hosts Clayfest to “Pull!” for a good cause

The community is invited to support the 2021 Russell Biven Clayfest on Friday August 6 & Saturday August 7 at Chilhowee Sportsman’s Club in Blount County.

Russell Biven hosts the tournament to benefit mental health, substance use and social services in East Tennessee provided by the McNabb Center. Russell spends time during the event speaking to participants and partaking in the activities. 

Clayfest includes two flights on Friday and a morning flight on Saturday. Participants receive lunch from Dead End BBQ, a goody bag, an event t-shirt and use of a golf cart. Individual and team prizes are awarded after each flight. 

Russell invites participants and volunteers to come out and support the Center.

“Clayfest is especially important this year as the need for mental health services continues to grow,” Russell said. “Come join us in busting some clays for an excellent cause.”

Volunteers can sign up online and will receive at-shirt and lunch. To sponsor the event or register a team, call Lindsay Hughes at (865) 329-9031 or visitwww.mcnabbfoundation.org.

Russell Biven Clayfest is presented by Cherokee Distributing in memory of Herb Ogle, a longtime friend and supporter of the McNabb Center. Herb was active in the Russell Biven Clayfest and served as an event committee member for many years. 

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.

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.

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 www.mcnabbfoundation.org/donate 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 www.mcnabbfoundation.org 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 www.mcnabbfoundation.org/scsc.

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.