Local nonprofit organization Special Kids announces the Annual Friendraiser Banquet: 15 Year Anniversary Celebration, presented by Demos’ Restaurant and Murfreesboro Medical Clinic & Surgicenter (MMC), raised over $100,000 for children with special needs receiving services at Special Kids.
The event took place at World Outreach Church in Murfreesboro on Thursday, September 5, with nearly 450 attendees, making it the largest banquet in the history of the nonprofit. Guests began the evening with an extensive silent auction and exhibit highlighting the rich 15 year history of Special Kids before enjoying a three-course dinner from Demos’ Restaurant and program which included keynote speaker Lisa Whelchel, star of the 1980s sitcom “The Facts of Life” and reality show “Survivor: Philippines.”
At the end of the program, Special Kids Executive Director Chris Truelove unveiled The Christy Houston Foundation’s grant to Special Kids in the amount of $1.5 million. The grant will provide funding for expansion, allowing the organization to build a new facility and expand its services to children with special needs within the region.
The Special Kids Annual Friendraiser Banquet: 15 Year Anniversary Celebration was presented by Demos’ Restaurant and MMC. Additional sponsors included AdamsPlace, Ben Phillips for Northwestern Mutual, Adams Family Foundation, Bridgestone Americas Trust Fund, VIP Murfreesboro, Lascassas Drugs/ Watertown Drugs, TNT Battery Co., Tri-Star Title & Escrow, LLC, Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), World Outreach Church, and Heritage Cleaners.
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Special Kids is a Christian nonprofit providing rehabilitation and nursing services to children with special needs. The Murfreesboro-based ministry started with one child in 1998 and has grown to serve over 2,500 children from 11 counties in middle Tennessee. For more information about the upcoming building project or on Special Kids, please visit specialkidstn.com or call the Special Kids development team at 615.893.4892.