Our events provide welcome relief and enrichment for children with special needs, their families, and caregivers
Join us for our signature fundraising event: JAZZ, BABY!
Enjoy a relaxing, seated dinner and an exciting live auction set to mellow jazz tunes. Hear inspiring stories of children with special needs who are being helped by community volunteers — and thriving despite their challenges!
Purchase individual tickets ($75 each) or an entire 10-person table ($600), or sit at a reserved table with your table host ($60 each) by clicking the appropriate button…
Check out our annual family events & fundraisers below…
Mane Support Easter Egg Hunt
Held at Mane Support Horse Farm in Rockwood, TN, this accessible egg hunt is fun for all ages. Enjoy activities and pictures with ponies!
Saturday, March 26, 2022 from 2 to 4 p.m.
A Day at The Knoxville Zoo
Saturday, April 23, 2022 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Chandler Farm Day for the Hearing Impaired
Especially for hearing-impaired children and their families, this day on the farm features rides and feeding and petting the farm animals. Event details!
Saturday, April 30, 2022 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Tennessee Smokies Baseball
Take me out to the ballgame! We treat families to a night out at the ballpark to cheer on the Tennessee Smokies. Batter up! See event details here.
Saturday, May 21, 2022 from 6 to 9 p.m.
Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies
Saturday, August 20, 2022 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
A Visit to the Pumpkin Patch
Deep Well Farm in Lenoir City plays host to this fall favorite, featuring hay ride, games, and spectacular playground!
Tuesday, October 25, 2022 from 12 to 5 p.m.
Rudolph’s Remix at Fantasy of Trees
Children with special needs can enjoy the holiday magic of Fantasy of Trees in a sensory-friendly setting before public hours.
Sunday, November 27 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Shadrack’s Holiday Light Show
Families can drive through this spectacular holiday light show set to festive music that takes over Smokies Park in Kodak, TN.
Tuesday, December 6, 2022 from 6 to 10 p.m.
The Polar Express Movie Experience
The annual screening of the musical classic, The Polar Express, has become a holiday favorite event for children and families alike.
Friday, December 16 from 6 to 9 p.m.
FUNDRAISER: Bill Williams Charity Fishing Tournament
Hosted by the Greater Knoxville Sertoma, this tournament sees anglers from near and far gather on area lakes to show their skill in landing the largest haul.
Saturday, March 26, 2022 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
FUNDRAISER: Mother’s Day Campaign
Purchase our specially commissioned Mother’s Day card for your mom and all the special women in your life. All proceeds benefit the organization. See our brochure to learn more and place your card order!
April and May 2022
NEW THIS YEAR! Karen Hollingsworth Family Encouragement Conference
Established by a generous gift from the Formall Company, this event will be a day when families will come away with a renewed sense of hope and with information to best help them to help their child with special needs. There will be stipends for child care and transportation. Encouragement is defined as “The act of giving someone support, confidence, and hope,” which embodies what Karen Hollingsworth’s life was all about. Learn more on our flyer and register here!
Saturday, July 23, 2022 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Laurel Church of Christ
FUNDRAISER: Lindsey Nelson Golf Tournament
Sponsored by the Concord-Farragut Sertoma, this annual scramble is held at Dead Horse and honors the life of late local sports broadcaster Lindsey Nelson. Check out the brochure and entry form!
New this year: Beat The Pro! A pro golfer will be stationed on a Par 3 – buy a raffle ticket to wager against her in a “closest to the pin” contest. If you win, you’ll receive double your purchased ticket. If the whole group participates but no one beats the pro, you can use her shot in your scramble!
Tuesday, August 16, 2022 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Dead Horse Lake Golf Course
FUNDRAISER: Celebrate Sound Walk
Held in conjunction with Greater Knoxville Sertoma, this event highlights preventable hearing loss and raises money for organizations that help the hearing impaired.
Sunday, September 11, 2022 from 2 to 5 p.m. at UT Gardens
FUNDRAISER: Jazz, Baby!
Our signature fundraising event brings people together for a seated dinner and live auction set to mellow jazz tunes. Check out all the details on our Save The Date!
Thursday, October 6, 2022 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at The Foundry
How to Participate
If you are a family served by Tennessee’s Early Intervention System, simply enroll for any of our events directly through your TEIS Service Coordinator or Early Interventionist. All of our family events are provided at no cost to families. Please email us with questions and we hope to see you soon!
What Are Friends For?
Our organization exists to provide a bedrock of support to babies and young children with special needs, their families and caregivers, and the professionals who serve them. We work side by side with early intervention programs to fill in the gaps and provide assistance that a family with specific, urgent needs often just can’t get anywhere else. Family-focused events provide welcome relief and enrichment to children with special needs and those who love them.
Events need volunteers!
Whether the event is designed for family enjoyment or to raise much-needed funds to support our programs, all our events require volunteers to ensure they run smoothly.
A few hours of time can make a huge difference in the life of a special child. Email us to learn more or click the link below to volunteer for the events of your choice!