Country singer Josh Turner performing last week at the Tocqueville Society, which includes those who have given $10,000 or more to United Way in a year.
Country singer Josh Turner visited Knoxville last week to give an intimate performance for the The Alexis de Tocqueville Society, a group made up of the biggest donors to the United Way of Greater Knoxville.
The concert, for about 100 people, was held at the Jackson Terminal, a new event space on Jackson Avenue in the Old City. James A. Haslam II is the chair of the Tocqueville Society. United Way Campaign co-chairs this year are Dr. Jack Lacey and Robin Wilhoit of WBIR-TV, Channel 10.
This was an entertaining and unusual way to thank the big givers. The deep-voiced Turner was affable and relaxed and chatted with the crowd between his songs, which included his hits, “Long Black Train,” “Why Don’t We Just Dance,” “Time is Love,” and “Would You Go with Me?” among others. Turner also generously donated half of his appearance fee back to United Way.
Early arrivers were, from left, Sylvia Lacey, Jim Haslam, Kreis Beall, Brenda Wood and Natalie Haslam.
Natalie Haslam wore the perfect brooch, considering the event was held a few days before Halloween.
Bo and Jane Shafer.
Dale and Barbara Keasling.
From left, David Collins, Carole Ayres and Kirby Bell.
Wes and Liz Stowers.
Don Hasson, left, with Jon and Mintha Roach.
Sandy and David Martin with Robin Wilhoit, right.
Suzanne Schriver and David Rechter.
Andy and Teresa Shafer.
From left, Pam Fansler, Keith and Diane Goodwin, Susan and Mike Edwards.
From left, Jeff Lee, Randy Gibson, Jim Haslam and Christy Lee.
From left, Randy Gibson, Natalie Haslam, Robin Gibson and Ilene Cheek.
Doug Tabor and Jennifer Holder.
Tocqueville Society chair Jim Haslam made a few remarks.
As did this year’s campaign co-chairs, Dr. Jack Lacey and Robin Wilhoit.
Here’s what the room looked like. It’s a good space.
Jenny and Randy Boyd.
Rob and Honerlin Delmoro.
United Way of Greater Knoxville President Ben Landers and Kay Clayton.
Pete and Cindi DeBusk.
Lynda and Wilson Taylor, III.
Frank and Judy Rothermel.
Tommy and Midge Ayres.
Michell Witt and Jim Clayton.
Martha and Dr. Mike Ayres.
Rich and Jane Ray.
Robin Wilhoit and her cute family: husband, Brent; son, Brandon; and daughter, Katherine.
Josh Turner. (When there are only 100 people, you can get pretty good seats!)
Here’s a sample of Josh Turner in action.