For 20 years, Covenant Health’s Hope Center has been benefiting people and families coping with AIDS and HIV. For 14 of those years, Rick Fox and Ralph Cianelli have been throwing a huge fundraising party in the middle of summer to benefit it.
That’s important because there is no charge to anyone that the Hope Center serves. Inpatients, outpatients, people relocating to this area or newly diagnosed individuals can find at the Hope Center a safe, non-stigmatizing place to feel encouraged and valued. Visits to the Hope Center, located off Middlebrook Pike in West Knoxville, are made by patients, physicians, staff, community hospitals and various agencies.
The Southern Summer’s Night party – held at the historic mansion known as Middlebrook – features food and drink, of course, as well as silent and live auctions. There always is great entertainment, this year by Taber Gable and his quartet. Gable is a graduate of Knoxville’s Joy of Music School and a talented jazz keyboardist.