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About the Game On Gala


The Game On Gala, An Evening for The Camp Koinonia Foundation is a semi-formal event where Knoxville’s community leader’s join together for an evening of generosity to celebrate the lifetime experience of Camp Koinonia. As a network of professionals in Knox County and surrounding areas, we see an incredible opportunity to be a catalyst of change by supporting the University of Tennessee students and citizens with disabilities of our future.

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The Game On Gala will be held Thursday, September 14 at Cherokee Country Club. Guests will enjoy an evening of cocktails, live music from The Wes Bailey Trio of Moon Taxi, hors d’oeuvres, a seated dinner, a paddle auction announced by WBIR’s Abby Ham and testimonies about the impact of our services from our participants.

Our goal is to raise $50,000 to support all three camps along with our expanded services. We are able to serve over 250 youth and adults with disabilities while giving over 250 students a hands-on learning opportunity. Game On – it is time to create more opportunities for recreation participation for our community members with disabilities.

Featured guests

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Abby Ham

Master of Ceremonies


Abby Ham is the morning anchor for WBIR’s 10News Today. She is an Associated Press award winning anchor and reporter, hosts Morning with Fox 43, and produces a weekly feature, Your Stories, which highlights people and places in East Tennessee.



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Carmen Tegano

Keynote Speaker


Carmen Tegano is an Associate Athletics Director at The University of Tennessee and is in his 33rd year of service to UT. He has known Camp Koinonia and its founder, Dr. Gene Hayes, since its start in the late 70s at Virginia Tech. In 2015, Peyton Manning committed a $3 million gift to the Tennessee football program and the Peyton Manning Scholarship Endowment honoring Carmen Tegano and Gus Manning. Carmen serves as a liaison for former student-athletes as well and maintains close relationships with many former Vols to this day. He is currently the sport administrator for the UT baseball program, and his previous roles within the athletics department include oversight for the academic services and student life programs, assisting with development-related projects, and administrative oversight of several sports.



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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.


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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About Camp Koinonia


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.

Corporate Sponsorship Levels

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• 2 named scholarships
• 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 named scholarship
• 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 Lauren Lee at laurenlee@kftn.org, or call (865)-888-7365.

 

Individual seats are available for purchase for $75

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Thanks to our 2017 sponsors


Presenting Sponsor

Gold Level Sponsors


 

Silver Level Sponsors

 

Bronze Level Sponsors