Special Kids Named Chick-fil-A "True Inspiration Awards" Finalist

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Resa, this year's Special Kids Banquet "Partner." The banquet will be held on Thursday, September 21st. Resa was diagnosed with Autism at 3-years old and has been receiving therapy at Special Kids for the past 12-years. She is now a high school graduate who excels at art.

Special Kids Therapy & Nursing Center has announced that they have been selected as a Chick-fil-A® Foundation "True Inspiration Awards" finalist for the Atlantic region. Beginning on Friday, September 1, voting will open to the public and will go through October 21. Voting will take place on the Chick-fil-A One app. For voting, users will enjoy double treats progress on their next purchase. To download the Chick-fil-A One app in order to vote, visit one.chick-fil-a.com. Once users open the app to vote, select the Atlantic Region and choose Special Kids. The winner will be awarded $75,000.

"We are extremely honored to have been selected as a Chick-fil-A True Inspiration Award regional finalist," says Chris Truelove, Special Kids Executive Director. "We would like to sincerely thank Chick-fil-A Murfreesboro for nominating us and for their support and to everyone in advance who will vote for us. The award money will be used to continue providing life-changing therapy and nursing services to families who would not otherwise be able to afford them."

Special Kids was nominated for this year's True Inspiration Award by Beau Noblitt, the Owner and Operator of two Chick-fil-A restaurants in Murfreesboro, TN; the city in which Special Kids is located.

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"I've always been drawn to Special Kids because of their mission to impact the lives of children and families. Our organizations are very similar in that regard," shares Beau. "We nominated Special Kids not only because of their mission but because of the way they pour themselves out fully for the children. When you spend time at the Special Kids campus, there is an undeniable sense of true love and commitment to changing lives. Please help us and vote with your Chick-fil-A One app as we seek this amazing grant for a truly worthwhile cause in our community."

The Chick-fil-A True Inspiration Awards are inspired by the life and generosity of the late founder of Chick-fil-A, S. Truett Cathy.

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Special Kids Banquet is Nearing:

Special Kids Therapy & Nursing Center is pleased to announce its Banquet will be held on Thursday, September 21, at Experience Community Church in Murfreesboro. Entertainment will be provided by local Middle Tennessee artist, Paige Pitts, to accompany the dinner provided by Demos' Restaurant and Peter D's.

"Special Kids is delighted to have Paige entertaining our guests," says Ashley Russom, Special Kids event specialist, who is organizing the event. "Paige will be painting live to music. The art she creates will be focused on Special Kids and the work the Lord is doing here."

The theme for the banquet event is "An art-filled evening of His workmanship" based on Ephesians 2:10 which says, "For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works..." The Banquet will also feature children and families impacted by the Special Kids ministry.

Russom is joined in planning the event by 15 ladies who have invited the community to support Special Kids through purchasing seats and sponsoring the evening. The Banquet committee includes Joelle Cannon, Beverly Davis, Kristen Demos, Lisa Dugger, Stephanie Folkmann, Patti Hutchinson, Pam Jones, Angie Kleinau, Mary Lovelace, Brenda McFarlin, Susan Moss, Jenny Reed, Kimberly Robertson, Ginger Spencer and Beth Ussery.

The special event will commence with a silent auction at 5:30 pm to be immediately followed by dinner from Demos' Restaurant and Peter D's. Tables of eight are available for $800, and individual tickets are on sale for $100. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available as well. To reserve a seat, visit specialkidstn.com/banquet or call 615.893.4892. Proceeds from the event will benefit children with special needs that are served at Special Kids Therapy & Nursing Center.

Sponsors for the event already include food sponsors Demos' Restaurant and Peter D's. Journeyman Sponsor is Murfreesboro Medical Clinic. Apprentice Sponsors are Volunteer State Bank, Ole South Properties and Wax Family Printing. To learn how to become an event sponsor, contact Ashley Russom at 615.893.4892 or arussom@specialkidstn.com.

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