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New Year's Eve ball an elegant evening to help families with children in health care crisis

Sue Guinn Legg • Dec 27, 2017 at 10:27 PM

Some very good Northeast Tennessee neighbors are inviting the community to ring in the new year in style and for a very worthy cause.

Kari's Heart Foundation will host its 8th annual “Black Tie Red Carpet New Year’s Eve Ball” starting at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 31, at the Carnegie Hotel in Johnson City.

“A glamorous evening to remember,” the night will include a gourmet dinner, live music and dancing, game show entertainment with a test of guests’ ability to “Name That Tune” and a $1,000 cash prize for the winning table, a silent auction, wine, hors d’oeuvres and champagne toast a midnight.

The dress is “black tie and elegance.” Tickets are $85 per person and may be paired with a choice of rooms for a complete New Year’s celebration at the Carnegie.

And best yet, all proceeds will help the Johnson City-based foundation help families with children who are receiving hospital care away from home with travel and miscellaneous expenses related to their health care crisis.

Inspired by seven-month-old Kari Schoondyke, who lost her battle with congenital heart disease on April 7, 2009, Kari's Heart Foundation is a faith-based organization that provides personal, financial and social resources to families who have a health crisis with a child.

Tickets to this year’s party are available online at www.karisheartfoundation.org or may be reserved by contacting Jennifer Schoondyke at 423-913-1171 or jennifer@karisheartfoundation.org.

For those who can’t make the party, more information about the foundation may be found at the website and at the Kari’s Heart Foundation page on Facebook,

Donations to help the foundation may also be made at the website or by mail to Kari’s Heart Foundation, P.O. Box 6165. Johnson City, TN 37604.

Court Appointed Special Advocates of Northeast Tennessee has just a few days left to make the most of a matching donation that could make 2018 a life-changing year for local children who have a been abused and neglected.

A nonprofit organization that works in partnership with juvenile courts in Washington, Unicoi and Greene counties to find safe homes for children in the most difficult of circumstances, CASA provides volunteers with special training and resources to investigate the children’s circumstances and to provide them with a voice before the courts.

Donations to CASA are used to recruit and train volunteers to assist the alarming number of number of children who are in need of their special skills. And all donations to the local CASA affiliate made before the end of the year will be matched up to a total of $1,000.

For those who wish to help, donations may be made online at www.casanetn.org or by mail to Court Appointed Special Advocates of Northeast Tennessee, P.O. Box 1021, Johnson City, TN 37605-1021. More information about the program is available at the website or may be obtained by calling CASA at 423-461-3500.

If there is a need or a project in your neighborhood the Good Neighbor column can assist with, contact Sue Guinn Legg at 423-722-0538 or P.O. Box 1717, Johnson City, TN 37605.

Email Sue Guinn Legg at slegg@johnsoncitypress.com. Follow her on Twitter @sueleggjcpress. Like her on Facebook at facebook.com/sueleggjcpress.

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