$96,000 was raised for local nonprofit Special Kids in the organization's Banquet on Thursday, September 21, at Experience Community Church in Murfreesboro.
350 attendees participated in the event organized by the local nonprofit. The night began with a silent auction and was followed by dinner from Demos' Restaurant and Peter D's. Entertainment was provided by local artist Paige Pitts as she painted live to the sharing of Special Kids stories. Stories were shared from Special Kids co-founder Carrie Goodwin, Special Kids parent Nakesha Anderson, Special Kids previous patient and Miss MTSU Kristen Perry and Special Kids long-time supporter, Peter Demos. An exciting announcement was also made first to banquet attendees; Special Kids will be hosting a family-friendly concert featuring renowned Christian music group, Big Daddy Weave, on Friday, December 1, at New Vision Baptist Church in Murfreesboro.
The theme for the banquet event was "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...".
"We are so thankful for everyone who came out and helped support the event so we can continue serving families and children with special needs," said Stephanie Folkman, Special Kids' director of development. "It was inspiring to hear from those that shared their individual Special Kids stories and witness how God brought the masterpiece together using Paige's talent. We are hopeful everyone in attendance experienced the heart of Special Kids."
Sponsors for the banquet included food sponsors Demos' Restaurant and Peter D's. Master sponsor was Adams Family Foundation II. Journeyman Sponsors were Murfreesboro Medical Clinic & Surgicenter and Wegmann Automotive. Apprentice Sponsors included Cooke Realty Partners, Beverly O. Davis LPL Financial, DWP Live, Ole South, Redstone Federal Credit Union, Tri-Star Title & Escrow, Volunteer State Bank and Wax Family Printing. The Banquet committee included Wanda Curtis, Kristen Demos, Lisa Dugger, Patti Hutchinson, Angie Kleinau, Mary Lovelace, Brenda McFarlin, Jenny Reed, Kimberly Robertson, Ginger Spencer and Beth Ussery.
Special Kids is a Christian therapy and nursing center for children with special needs. The Murfreesboro-based ministry started with one child in 1998 and has grown to serve over 3,700 children from 18 counties in middle Tennessee.
For more information on Special Kids, please visit specialkidstn.com or call 615.893.4892.