Koinonia Foundation Gala

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.

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Thursday, November 1st | Bridgewater Place


The Koinonia Foundation Gala will be held Thursday, November 1st at Bridgewater Place. Guests will enjoy an evening of cocktails, live music from the Wes Bailey Trio and a program led by WVLT’s Amanda Hara, Keynote Speech by The University of Tennessee Athletic Director, Phillip Fulmer, 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.

Featured Guests

Amanda Hara

Amanda Hara

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.



Phillip Fulmer

Phillip Fulmer

Keynote Speaker


Fulmer was appointed as the University of Tennessee’s Director of Athletics on Dec. 1, 2017. He accepted the position after serving as special advisor to UT President Joe DiPietro for community, athletics and university relations since June 20, 2017. Fulmer—a former Tennessee football co-captain who went on to lead the Volunteers to a football national championship and earn first-ballot induction into the National Football Foundation College Football Hall of Fame—has faithfully served the University of Tennessee for more than 40 years. The cornerstones of Tennessee Athletics under Fulmer’s leadership are warmth, communication, trust and intensity.



Wes Bailey Trio

Wes Bailey Trio

Entertainment


The Wes Bailey Trio will be performing live music during the evening. Wes is a Knoxville native and also plays the Keyboard in the band, Moon Taxi.


Corporate Sponsorship Levels

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• 2 Sponsored We Adapt Events
• Logo listed first and largest on KFTN.org website
• Logo on all Camp T-Shirts for 2017-2018 year
• Recognition during gala
• Plaque award
• Logo on all electronic newsletters and social media posts
• Logo on gala slideshow
• Logo on all printed materials including: invitation, program, and table
• 20 seats (2 tables)


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• 1 sponsored We Adapt Event
• Logo listed on KFTN.org website
• Recognition during gala
• Plaque award
• Logo on all electronic newsletters and social media posts
• Logo on gala slideshow
• Logo on all printed materials including: invitation, program, and table
• 10 seats (1 table)


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• Logo listed on KFTN.org website
• Recognition during gala
• Logo on gala slideshow
• Logo on all printed materials including: invitation, program, and table
• 10 seats (1 table)


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• Recognition during gala
• Logo or name on all printed materials including: program and table
• 10 seats (1 table)

All donations help, no matter the amount!

If you are interested in sponsorship or ticket information please contact Jacqui Pearl at jpearl@kftn.org, or call (865) 888-7365.

 

Individual seats are available for purchase for $75

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.

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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.

Our Services

  • Overnight Camps

    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.

  • Expanded Services

    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.

Thanks to our 2018 Sponsors


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