Alison Krauss and Dan Tyminski playing for an intimate group at The Standard in downtown Knoxville.
If, as is said in 2 Corinthians, “God loveth a cheerful giver,” Knoxville businessman Randy Boyd has made God love us a little more — because he made us a little more cheerful about our giving!
How? Boyd, this year’s chair of the local United Way campaign, arranged recently for songstress Alison Krauss and several members of her band to perform a private concert at The Standard in downtown Knoxville for donors who have pledged $10,000 or more to the United Way of Greater Knoxville. About 80 people were there.
Every year, donors at this level are invited to a special dinner as members of the Tocqueville Society. But in every past year that I can recall, the speaker has been a sports figure or a politician. This was so much better for us music lovers.
Krauss and band members Dan Tyminski and Jeff White were perfectly charming in the laid-back environment, chatting with the audience, joking among themselves and posing afterwards for photos with everyone.
The United Way campaign, which ends mid-January, is 76 percent of the way to its goal this year of $13 million, which will be a record.