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TUESDAY, November 29, 2016 Issue No. 15

GIVING TUESDAY . . . On “Giving Tuesday” November 29th (today), nonprofits all over the world will give back to their communities fueled by the power of social media. Goodwill Industries-Knoxville will be holding a Donor Appreciation Day at the Bearden location. Goodwill will be handing out coffee, doughnuts, and snacks to all donors that drop off donations until noon to show their appreciation for donors’ support of Goodwill’s mission of providing job training and employment opportunities to people with barriers to employment. To get involved or learn more about Goodwill Industries-Knoxville, please visit this link.

EMPTY STOCKING FUND . . . A tradition in Knoxville since 1912, the Empty Stocking Fund is now accepting applications for the 2016 holiday season.  Operated by the Knoxville News Sentinel, the Empty Stocking Fund is a nonprofit that exists to provide food and toys to disadvantaged East Tennesseans during the holidays. Distribution of collected baskets and toys will take place on December 23rd at the Jacob Building at Chilhowie Park. Applications will be accepted through December 3rd.  Anyone wishing to donate, volunteer, or apply to the Empty Stocking Fund can find out more by visiting this link.

ADOPT A GOLDEN . . . Adopt A Golden Knoxville is a volunteer, nonprofit organization dedicated to finding warm, loving permanent homes for Golden Retrievers to prevent them from becoming strays or contributing to shelter overpopulation. One of the organization’s initiatives is a partnership with sister rescue organizations like Adopt A Golden Atlanta and Adopt A Golden Birmingham (among others) to rescue abandoned Golden Retrievers from Turkey and bring them to the United States for placement in loving adoptive homes. So far, Adopt A Golden Knoxville has rescued 13 Golden Retrievers from Istanbul, Turkey. Check out more about the work of Adopt A Golden Knoxville at this link.
THEATRE KNOXVILLE DOWNTOWN . . . Theatre Knoxville Downtown is the longest continuously operating, non-academic theater in Knoxville. It's mission is to encourage growth, expansion, interest and training in theatre in the Knoxville metropolitan area. Chartered in 1976 as part of a downtown development program, the theatre performed in a variety of venues for decades before finding a permanent home, offering a wide range of adult and children's plays and workshops. Theatre Knoxville Downtown entered its current space at 319 N. Gay Street in 2005. Plays are presented throughout the year and the organization is currently conducting a Second Act Campaign to raise money to fund a move to a larger facility.  Find out more at this link.
WHAT WORKS CITIES . . . Knoxville has joined the ranks of other cities across the US that are dedicated to using data to improve services provided by local government. Bloomberg Philanthropies is welcoming Knoxville along with 15 other mid-sized cities to their What Works Cities program. The goal of this initiative is to use data to increase government effectiveness to engage and enhance the lives of residents. Areas of focus include policy, funding, administrative choices, transparency, and accountability. To learn more about the What Works Cities movement, please visit their website at this link.

VANESSA WILLIAMS SCHOLARSHIP . . . In honor of their daughter, the parents of Vanessa Williams have established a scholarship through the East Tennessee Foundation to provide financial aid for students of Blount, Knox, and Loudon counties pursuing post-secondary education. Students preparing to graduate from high school as well as students currently enrolled in college are eligible to apply through the deadline of February 15, 2017. This is just one of the many scholarships provided through East Tennessee Foundation. In the fall of this year, 178 students were awarded over $275,000 in scholarships. For more details about the scholarship, please visit this link.

GIRLS ON THE RUN . . . The Girls on the Run of Greater Knoxville Fall 5k Run will be held on Dec. 3 at West High School.  A transformational physical activity based positive youth development program for girls in 3rd–8th grade, the program teaches life skills through dynamic interactive lessons and running games and culminates with the girls being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5k running event. The goal of the program is to unleash confidence through accomplishment while establishing a lifetime appreciation of health and fitness. The curriculum combines training for a 5K with lessons that inspire girls to become independent thinkers, enhance their problem solving skills, and make healthy decisions. Find out more about Girls on the Run at this link.

CHARITY CLASSIC . . . The ClubCorp Charity Classic recently held an annual charity drive where it opened up its clubs for the benefit of charities. This event was a Texas Hold’em and Blackjack tournament with 100% of the proceeds benefitting the charities. One of the charities was Augie’s Quest, a group that works toward finding treatments and cures for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). ALS is a neurodegenerative disorder that impairs people’s voluntary muscle movements.  All of the funds raised through Augie’s Quest benefit the ALS Therapy Development Institute. The Clubcorp event is one of their largest fundraisers, raising over $5 million since it was started.  To find out more about ClubCorp, visit this link.

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