Fundraiser will support special-needs ministry at Sycamore Tree UMC

Fundraiser will support special-needs ministry at Sycamore Tree UMC

Betty Jo Fowler helps Gate participant Ricky paint Christmas tree decorations at The Gate. Photo by Tom Sherlin, The Daily Times.

Stephanie Livigni is executive director of The Gate — Gateway to Independence, which is holding a Nov. 9 fundraiser to support its programs for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The program is at Sycamore Tree United Methodist Church in Maryville.

Tailgate for The Gate will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9 at Second Harvest Food Bank, 136 Harvest Lane, Maryville. Participants will be able to watch the Tennessee vs. Kentucky football game on the big screen, enjoy food from Calhoun's.

There are now 53 participants at The Gate, Livigni said. They are able to come to The Gate three days a week to play games, watch movies, create crafts, learn about cooking, sing and hang out with friends. It’s socialization that promotes independence, the director said.

This is the third year for Tailgate for the Gate. Tickets are $75 each. To reserve a spot, call 865-317-4283 or email info@GatewayTN.org

Read complete story in The [Maryville] Daily Times.