10 days and counting until the Snowflake Ball!
What’s the Snowflake Ball, you ask? It’s an evening of dancing, live music, and tasty food for a good cause. This year marks the first Silent Auction with fabulous items such as a Wii, Robert Tino prints, original artwork by local artists, and more! The Senior Companion Program is run by the Knox County Office on Aging that pairs senior volunteers with senior clients in need of personal support services and companionship. Over 80 volunteers, called Senior Companions, are currently serving 200 individuals in our county, but more are needed. Through its annual fundraiser gala, the Snowflake Ball, funds are received to “train and place additional Senior Companions with those in need”, according to Elder News & Views.
After attending last year’s ball, I can speak from personal experience on how enjoyable it was. Here are some highlights from 2011:
The Senior Companion Program is near and dear to my heart because senior advocate and long-time friend Deisha Finley is its director. She is a compassionate champion for seniors and has grown this program into one of Knoxville’s finest services for frail and homebound seniors. Last year, the Senior Companions spent over 70,000 hours helping these individuals remain in their homes instead of having to move into an institutional setting to get the care they need. I have had the opportunity to serve on its Advisory Council for over a year now, and I am touched by the stories that flood in from clients about the impact this program has on their lives.
For Mr. and Mrs. Jones* (name changed), the services provided by the Senior Companion Program has been a lifesaver. Mrs. Jones has progressive Multiple Sclerosis and requires round-the-clock care. When the Senior Companion comes over, it allows Mr. Jones to work, run errands, and have respite. Mr. Jones indicated that without the support of this valuable service, he wouldn’t be able to keep his wife at home.
If you would like more information on the services provided by the Senior Companion Program, please call 865-524-2786. For ticket information on this year’s Snowflake Ball on Saturday, January 21, you may order tickets via phone at 865-541-4500. Tickets are only $20 each, and you will have a great time while helping a worthy cause.Senior Companion Snowflake Ball Saturday, January 21, 2012 6:00pm-9:00pm Kerbella Temple, 315 Mimosa Ave (Knoxville)
See you there!