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.

Friday, October 28th , 2022 | Bridgewater Place

It's that time of year again! Our annual Koinonia Foundation Gala is approaching and we cannot wait to share with you all of the incredible changes and growth we've experienced in the last year.

This year, we are thrilled to finally be celebrating The Koinonia Foundation's 20 year anniversary! On October 28th we will gather at Bridgewater Place for an evening of fun, fellowship, fundraising, food and cocktails! We are honored to have Coach Bruce Pearl give our keynote address this year. Coach Pearl has been a friend of The Koinonia Foundation for over a decade and will share his personal experience with our programs. We will also have entertainment provided by Knoxville's own Chelsea Berry!

The Koinonia Foundation serves individuals with disabilities through unique, needs-based programs that enrich their lives and provide the opportunity for life-long learning.

The Koinonia Foundation serves individuals with disabilities with the following programs:
Camp Koinonia - Overnight camp in the Spring for kids ages 7-21.
Koinonia Retreat - Overnight camp in the Fall for adults ages 22 and up.
Camp Isagoge - Day camp in the Fall for kids ages 5-11.
We Adapt - Monthly community engagement events for adults 18 and up.
Koinonia Classroom - Program for Special Education classrooms that provides video content of adapted activities and supplies kits for all the activities.

Over the course of the last year, we have seen incredible growth in our We Adapt programs and Koinonia Classroom and we welcomed back our campers at both Camp Koinonia and Koinonia Retreat. We are also excited to introduce our newest program, Camp Isagoge. This is a one-day, day camp, program that will serve kids with disabilities ages 5 to 11.

We hope you will join us on October 28th to celebrate our 20th year of providing meaningful opportunities for kids and adults with disabilities in our community!.

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

Coach Bruce Pearl

Keynote Speaker

Coach Bruce Pearl, a long-time friend of The Koinonia Foundation, has spent the last 8 years as the Head Men’s Basketball Coach for Auburn University. In seven years as head coach at Auburn, Bruce Pearl has led the Tigers to 138 wins, two Southeastern Conference championships, consecutive NCAA Tournament berths and the program’s first ever appearance in the Final Four. Off the court, Coach Pearl has been a champion for underserved communities – including folks with disabilities. In addition to his support of The Koinonia Foundation, Coach Pearl was a part of the inaugural year’s of both Knoxville’s and Auburn’s Hoops for Hope events. He attended the Grand Opening of Bitty and Beau’s Coffee in Auburn and has been a major part of helping the EAGLE’s Program (Auburn’s version of FUTURE) get off the ground! Coach Pearl’s presence at Camp Koinonia was always a camper’s favorite. We are blessed to have him present our keynote address.

Chelsea Berry


Chelsea Berry is a country music singer-songwriter from Maryville, TN described as “a rare voice so pure and dynamic that she stirs your emotions,” (Mike Hammond, Country Radio Hall of Fame). She has released her debut album “Chase This Wild Dream,” produced by Travis Wyrick, and has performed at venues like the Knoxville Civic Auditorium, Dollywood, the Listening Room Cafe, and Ole Red. Chelsea Berry is a rising star and she is making her mark on the country music scene..

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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.



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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.

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 2019 Sponsors