‘A purse is purchased, mouths are filled’ at Knoxville Mobile Meals fundraiser

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Knoxville Mobile Meals is hosting a “Power of the Purse” fundraiser. One hundred percent of the proceeds raised will provide meals for Knoxville home-bound seniors.

The event is Thursday, September 17 at Rothchild Conference Center, located at 8807 Kingston Pike and includes a puse sale, lunchoen and silent auction. WATE 6 On Your Side anchor Lori Tucker will emcee the event.

“This is a fun event,” Long said. “The money raised will go to delivering hot meals to local frail seniors. Even if you come just to have lunch and hear about Mobile Meals, we’ll be happy. We’d love for you to join in the fun by purchasing a purse or bidding on a silent auction item, but the event is really all about the message.”

A “Purse Madness” sale will begin at 11:00 a.m. Purses, ranging in price, will be on display. Each purse will have a surprise gift, ranging from coupons gift cards, cosmetics, note cards to small decorative items inside.

A silent auction and lunch will begin at 11:30 a.m. At the silent auction designer purses packaged with vacations, event tickets, jewelry, gift certificates, celebrity-signed merchandised and other donated goodies will be up for bid.

Tickets are $40 for individuals and $300 for a table of eight. For tickets, contact the Covenant Call Center at (865) 541-4500. Tickets are also available at the Mobile Meals office, located at 2247 Western Avenue in the L.T. Ross Building.


Mobile Meals is accepting donations for their Power of the Purse fundraiser. New or like-new purses of all shapes and sizes, vintage bags, evening purses, and men’s wallets, satchels, or “man bags” are welcome as well as items for the silent auction.

Drop-off locations include:

  • Lily Pulitzer Palm Village Store, Western Plaza, 4315 Kingston Pike, 37919, Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m.
  • CAC Office on Aging, 2247 Western Avenue, 37921, Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-4:45 p.m.
  • Senior Financial Group, 100 Glenleigh Court, 37934, Mon.-Thur., 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Fri., 8:30 a.m.-noon.

For more information on how you can become a sponsor, contact Shelly Woodrick, Mobile Meals Volunteer Coordinator, at 865- 524-2786, or shelly.woodrick@knoxseniors.org.

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