Autism fundraiser ‘Rock Around the Dock’ May 2

Braden Winston. 6, sits in front of parents Jessie and Jon Winston. Braden’s little brother, Jackson, 3, enjoys mom’s lap. Farragut resident Jessie Winston said she can’t emphasize enough the importance of fundraising efforts to fight autism.

Winston has a 6-year-old son, Braden, with autism.

Rock Around the Dock For Autism presented by Regal Entertainment Group, a benefit specifically to help autistic children and teenagers 18-and-under, runs from 6:30 to 10 p.m., Friday, May 2, at The Shrimp Dock in Bearden, 5210 Kingston Pike.

Shrimp Dock owner Phil Dangel has a grandson, Henry, 4, with “a mild case” of autism.

One hundred percent of proceeds benefit Autism Society East Tennessee, Dangel said. “We’d like to walk away with $15,000.”

Brook Dickerson, ASET executive director, said “Rock Around the Dock is so important” because her funding is limited to “private donations, a couple of small local foundations and the fundraisers.”

About what Shrimp Dock and Regal are doing, Winston said, “Any business that steps up to try to raise awareness and to try and raise money for autism, I can’t be more appreciative.”
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Know when to give it up

Many have a hard time letting go and it really doesn’t have to be that way. Now I’m not talking about the letting go of a person whom you love and he no longer loves you. That’s a boo hoo, hard kind of letting go and it takes time. I’m talking about de-cluttering. As far as de-cluttering goes, I used to have a hard time letting go, but I don’t anymore, because of a test question I ask every time I get stuck holding onto an item that needs to go.

I’ll tell you what that test question is in a minute. First I want to tell you a little story. Because of a contest called Project CHAOS (Can’t Have Anyone Over Syndrome) I’ve been in over 100 homes that were crammed with too much stuff. My sister and I would pick a winner in a city and armed with television cameras, newspaper journalists and photographers; we’d go into the home

of the winning family and de-junk a room. The “befores” and “afters” were always media worthy.
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SJNCC Women’s Club to host annual Luncheon and Fashion Show

Farragut and area residents can enjoy seeing new fashions at St. John Neumann Catholic Church Women’s Club fashion show and luncheon, as attendees did at the event last year when emcee Jane Venable, right, described a model’s apparel. St. John Neumann Catholic Church Women’s Club is heralding in spring with its annual Luncheon and Fashion Show.

The event, which is open to the public, is slated from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, April 26, in the gymnasium of SJNS, 645 St. John Court, in Farragut.

The show, a signature event for the club, will feature fashions from The Paris Apartment Boutique and Tea Room in Bearden. lunch is on-site and shopping will be available before and after the luncheon and show, Jane Lubert, Saint John Neumann Catholic Church Women’s Club president, said.

Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. and go directly into the fashion show, she said.

The boutique offers European lifestyle ladies’ apparel and accessories, home décor and one-of-a-kind gifts. Clothing will be available for purchase at the April 26 event.
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Shamrock Ball

Jon and Emily Duren dance at the Shamrock Ball. A crowd of more than 400 attended the Saturday, March 8, Shamrock Ball at Farragut High School.

Fathers and daughters filled the dance floor to kick up their heels and share some quality time together.

Proceeds from the event, sponsored by the town of Farragut and Farragut Kiwanis Club, went to East Tennessee Children’s Hospital and Kiwanis International’s Eliminate program, which raises money to eliminate tetanus in neonatals and infants around the world.

For more photos from this event, please see Westside Faces in our print edition.