Knoxville hosts Watermelon Crawl

A collection of downtown Knoxville restaurants and bars are celebrating the tastiest part of summer and benefiting a great cause during the inaugural Watermelon Crawl. The event runs Tuesday-Sunday, Aug. 1-6, 2017 and is in celebration of National Watermelon Day on Aug. 3. During the period, participating restaurants and bars will offer watermelon-based creations, from cocktails to food to dessert.

“The Watermelon Crawl is a fun way for people of all ages to enjoy being downtown and sample creations featuring this sweet, summertime favorite,” Maggie Kornahrens, event organizer and director of marketing for The Tennessean Personal Luxury Hotel, said. “The event also benefits East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, so it’s a good time for a great cause. We encourage participants to visit a new establishment each day.”

There is no entry fee, but crawl participants will purchase their food and drink selections at each establishment.
Additionally, participants may vote for their favorite offering to be Best in Show by making a donation benefiting East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. Participants will “vote” by cash or check placed in envelopes provided by each establishment, with each dollar representing one vote. A winner will be announced at the end of the event.

To date, participating establishments include:

Babalu Tapas & Tacos, 412 S. Gay St.
Café 4, 4 Market Square
Cruze Dairy Farm Pop-up Shop, 408 S. Gay St.
Fairgrounds at Holiday Inn World’s Fair Park, 525 Henley St.
The Drawing Room at The Tennessean Personal Luxury Hotel, 531 Henley St.
Juice Bar, 2 Market Square
Maple Hall, 414 S. Gay St.
Oliver Royale, 5 Market Square
The Parlor at Maple Hall, 414 S. Gay St.
Windows on the Park at Holiday Inn World’s Fair Park, 525 Henley St.

All funds collected through the voting process will be donated to East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. East Tennessee Children’s Hospital is not affiliated with or organizing this event.

Enjoy a taste of summer during the First Annual Watermelon Crawl on Aug. 1-6, 2017 with downtown Knoxville establishments offering watermelon-based food, desserts and cocktails. The Drawing Room at The Tennessean Personal Luxury Hotel will offer this Smoky Watermelon cocktail.

Knoxville hosts Shoes for School

KNOXVILLE – More than 1,200 children received new tennis shoes and school supplies over the weekend thanks to the 14th annual “Shoes for School” event presented by the Knoxville Area Urban League, U.S. Cellular and East Tennessee Children’s Hospital.

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Organizers, sponsors and volunteers prepare to kick off the 14th Annual “Shoes for School” event presented by the Knoxville Area Urban League (KAUL), U.S. Cellular and East Tennessee Children’s Hospital (ETCH) on Aug. 6 in Caswell Park. Pictured from left: City Councilman Dan Brown, KAUL president and CEO Phyllis Y. Nichols, Dana Dorcas of U.S. Cellular, Jody Nix of ETCH, Ola Blackmon-McBride of KAUL and other supporters. Photo submitted.

“A simple pair of shoes can help children start the school year off on the right foot – with confidence,” said Phyllis Y. Nichols, president and CEO of the Knoxville Area Urban League. “For the Knoxville Area Urban League staff and volunteers, this is a special day. ‘Shoes for Schools’ is one of our signature events, and it’s one of our most joyful days of the year to serve our community.”

The Knoxville Area Urban League, U.S. Cellular, East Tennessee Children’s Hospital and other sponsors hosted a festive atmosphere with food, games and inflatables provided by booth sponsors representing area businesses, nonprofit organizations, church groups and others. The event is a community effort that families and volunteers eagerly anticipate each year. Children participating in the event complete a pre-registration process with participating agencies.

“We greatly appreciate our staff and sponsors who give time and donations to make this event successful and meaningful for the children in need in our community,” Nichols said.

Since 1968, the Knoxville Area Urban League has assisted disadvantaged people attain social and economic stability and self-sufficiency through direct services and advocacy. The League works to provide a skilled and diverse workforce; to increase homeownership; to support economic and small business development, and to enhance education efforts for our youth. The Knoxville Area Urban League is a United Way partner agency and affiliate of the National Urban League. The League’s work and results are evident in the lives of the over 8,000 people it impacts each year.

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