No one planning Red, White, and Rock, the Knoxville Area Red Cross fundraiser, could have predicted the heat. In fact, not even the weatherman could see it coming! With over 100-degree weather and an outdoor setting at Knoxville’s Cherokee Plaza, Red, White and Rock had the potential for a stay-in-the-cool, nobody-dancin’ event.
But not so. It was a rockin’ good time — even with record-setting, hotter-than-blue-blazes temps!
The Silent Auction. Since my husband Bert is on the Red Cross Board, we’ve attended several of these benefits, and whoever is in charge of acquiring top-notch silent auction items ALWAYS does a great job. We couldn’t wait to see what was in store for us this time. So we grabbed a bottle of cold water and, first thing, headed for the auction tables.
No disappointment here! Laid out on tables with bid sheets in front of each item, auction choices ranged from vacations to jewelry and lots of stuff in between. The ladies in charge directed us to what they thought were the prime takeaways of the evening.
Here are a few of our favorite for-sale items:
The Food. In the same room with the biddable stuff were tables set with hors d’oeuvres, fruit, and other temptations. Cyndee Hensley, Knoxville Chapter American Red Cross administrative assistant, was awhirl talking to guests and filling her plate with good stuff.
Randy Bellew who works for Knology volunteered his time to man the crepes table. As it turns out, he’s a man with talent: good at pouring batter, waiting ’til the right minute to lift the crepes, and adding peach or chocolate filling. Yum! Of course, I had to try one of each!
Outside, the heartier fare was equally good. Michael Janke, volunteer chef for the evening, wowed us with flank steak he had marinated for two days. He grilled it right before our very eyes (in the heat, no less) and placed thin slices atop artisan bread. Platters cleared out quickly!
The Music. Keeping everyone movin’ and groovin’ were the Chillbillies, one of the hottest (pun intended) bands in Knoxville for big, crowd-pleasing events. Their mix of oldies, sing-alongs, and just fun tunes made everyone move front and center, under the tent, for good times together. And yes, that’s Knox County Juvenile Court Judge Tim Irwin (aka Vocalist) singing with the Chillbillies!
The Guests. Part of the reason for attending any benefit is not just the good feeling you get for supporting a worthy cause — it’s also the fun of meeting people and finding out who shares a common interest. We loved talking with the guests– even in the heat!
The Cause. So, all in all, Red, White and Rock was a hit: a quality silent auction, a little dancin’ with the Chillbillies, and a chance to give to a great cause. Thanks, Red Cross, for all you do to improve the lives of others — and for giving us a reason to celebrate, donate, and act a little crazy ourselves!
Later, I spoke with Lori Marsh about the event. It was a fun night to put in a some sweat equity, for sure, she told me.
And then she added, We raised over $31,000 for the American Red Cross!
Sometimes a little heat brings out the best in all of us!
If you’re interested in more information about the Knoxville Area Chapter of the American Red Cross, click here.
And if you really want to do something special, be a volunteer! You can learn a lot while doing a lot! http://www.knoxarc.org/volunteer/becomeavolunteer
Knoxville Area Chapter of the American Red Cross
6921 Middlebrook Pike
Knoxville, TN 37909