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Recap 2020 Spring/Summer Events

Bob Kesling and Bert Bertelkamp Golf Tournament 

The seventh annual Bob Kesling and Bert Bertelkamp Golf Tournament held on Monday, July 27, 2020 at Holston Hills Country Club was a great success. Approximately 140 players joined the competition to raise funds for nearly 30,000 children, adults and families in East Tennessee experiencing mental illness, addiction and social challenges. This year’s fundraiser was a huge success and raised more than $85,000 for the Center. 

“This is a great day of golf and a wonderful way to positively impact our community.” – Bob Kesling

Russell Biven Summer Clayfest Tournament

Nearly 300 shooters came out for the 2020 Russell Biven Summer Clayfest Tournament.

The event was held August 7 and 8 at Chilhowee Sportsman’s Club in Maryville and is presented by Cherokee Distributing in memory of Herb Ogle. This year’s tournament exceeded its target and raised over $78,000. WBIR’s Russell Biven hosts the tournament to benefit mental health, addiction and social services provided by Helen Ross McNabb Center in East Tennessee. Russell spent each day speaking with participants and partaking in the day’s activities. 

Dear Santa Christmas in July Toy Drive

Due to COVID-19, the 2020 Christmas in July Toy Drive was adapted to an online format. Participants were encouraged to shop the Center’s Amazon Wishlist and to schedule physical donation dropoffs. This year’s Christmas in July Toy Drive collected 120 items to be used towards the Dear Santa program. 

For more than 20 years, the Center has provided holiday gifts for approximately 2,300 children and adolescents up to 18 years of age through the Dear Santa program. Child clients in need, and their siblings, receive donated gifts from community sponsors. Because many of the children have limited resources, several wish lists consist of basic items like clothing, a winter coat, new shoes and, of course, their Christmas wish for Santa.  

The Christmas in July Toy Drive presented by Discovery, Inc. aims to address this need for children during the holiday season.