About the Koinonia Foundation Gala
The Koinonia Foundation Gala is a semi-formal event where Knoxville’s community leaders come together for an evening of generosity to celebrate the lifetime experience of our Legacy Camps and We Adapt Programs. As a network of professionals in Knox County and surrounding areas, we see an incredible opportunity to be a catalyst of change by supporting citizens with disabilities and University of Tennessee students.
Friday, October 25th | Bridgewater Place
The Koinonia Foundation Gala will be held Friday, October 25th at Bridgewater Place. Guests will enjoy an evening of cocktails, live music from the Diva and the Black Tie Affair, program led by WVLT’s Amanda Hara, Keynote Speech by Knox County Mayo, Glenn Jacobs, and testimonies about the impact of our services from our participants.
Koinonia means ‘fellowship’ and ‘caring community’ in Greek. This is exactly what we strive to create by providing an enriching and inclusive experience that fosters emotional, social, and physical benefits to all our participants. We hope that you too will join our caring community that contributes to our students, families, and citizens with disabilities in Knoxville.
Master of Ceremonies
Amanda Hara is an award winning journalist who joined the WVLT News team in 2012. She anchors the 6:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m.newscasts on WVLT and the 10:00 p.m. newscast on CW Monday through Friday. She also serves as an Executive Producer of Digital Content. Amanda has been honored with four Emmy awards and more than two dozen nominations, multiple Edward R. Murrow awards, and several Associated Press awards including “Best Reporter” and “Best News Anchor” in Tennessee.
Mayor Glenn Jacobs
Glenn Jacobs was elected Knox County Mayor in August of 2018. Since then, he has worked hard to make Knox County a better place for us all to live. He says, “It is my goal to continue to make Knox County a place where you want to raise a family; where businesses want to locate and bring jobs for you and your children and grandchildren; where visitors from across our great state and this great country will want to visit and make memories. Together, as a community, we’re going to take Knox County in the right direction.”
Corporate Sponsorship Levels
All donations help, no matter the amount!
If you are interested in sponsorship or ticket information please contact Jacqui Pearl at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (865) 888-7365.
About Camp Koinonia
What the heck is Koinonia and how do you say it?
Koinonia means ‘fellowship’ and ‘caring community in Greek. This is exactly what we strive to create by providing an enriching and inclusive experience that fosters emotional, social, and physical benefits to all our participants. We hope that you too will join our caring community that contributes to our students, families, and citizens with disabilities in Knoxville.
What We Do
The Koinonia Foundation of Tennessee serves individuals with disabilities by providing quality programs that improve overall well-being and foster independence while providing respite care for families. Having special needs requires extra support, adaptations, and accommodations for recreation participation. The Koinonia Foundation of Tennessee fills this need by putting on a week long residential camp, two weekend camps, and local Knoxville programs for youth and adults with a variety of disabilities. Every kid needs a break from their parents and every parent needs a break from their child! Our extended programs allow for the independence necessary for each of our participants to grow and reach one’s full potential.
Camp Koinonia is our week long residential program for 150 youth ages 7-21 with multiple disabilities. The two weekend camps are Camp Oginali for campers with Down syndrome and Koinonia Retreat for participants 21 and up who have aged out of Camp Koinonia. All three of our overnight camps provide meaningful, experiential learning opportunities for university students and participants, some with severe disabilities, in an outdoor learning environment that otherwise could not be accomplished. Our camps are unique in that each camper has his/her very own counselor. This 1:1 ratio is possible through our partnership with The Therapeutic Recreation Program at The University of Tennessee. Students receive course credit to learn about disabilities in preparation for their time as staff at camp.
The Koinonia Foundation of Tennessee understands that after the age of 21, recreational opportunities decrease dramatically. In an effort to fill the gap of the lack of social and recreational opportunities, we have created our ‘We Adapt’ expanded services program. Programs include dinner and a movie outings, art programs at the KMA, nature programs at Ijams, boccia at the YMCA, and game nights. We are working on expanding the length of these programs to provide respite care for families.