‘Road to Rio’ passes through Farragut

Plans are coming together for Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce’s annual dinner and auction, which spotlights “Road to Rio.”

“The team is excited, working hard and having fun,” Bettye Sisco, Chamber president and CEO, said. About 250 people attended last year’s auction.

This year’s event, which features dinner, a silent auction and a live auction, is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m., Friday, April 22, in Rothchild Catering and Conference Center, 8807 Kingston Pike, Knoxville.

The live auction, conducted by auctioneer Bear Stephenson, will include 10 to 15 tables designated for special auction items. Sisco said previously there had been more tables but it was hard for people to walk around to all of them. Last year, her team limited the number of auction tables to 10.

“The sponsors can build a really dynamic table that will include different things about Rio and the theme itself,” she said. “And we have some terrific jewelry being auctioned.

“The theme, ‘Road to Rio,’ came about because of the Olympics in August.”

Cost to attend is $60 for Chamber members and $70 for nonmembers. Tables of 10 seats also are available for $550. Reservations and cancellations will be accepted before noon April 15.

Payment can be made online via Paypal via the Chamber website, www.farragutchamber.com; by check in the Chamber office or by credit card by calling 865-657-7057.

Proceeds benefit Chamber’s Continuing Education Scholarships and Knox Area Rescue Ministries. Sisco said 20 percent of the ticket sales will go to KARM for whatever needs it has, and any other portion from the event’s proceeds go to continuing education grants, which are offered to those who want to enhance their business skills.

“We have several to give away this year,” Sisco said.

The organizing team welcomes volunteers and sponsors to help with the event.