Sept. 22, 2011
KNOXVILLE - Allison and Derek Dooley joined representatives from Variety of Eastern Tennessee on Friday at the West Club of Neyland Stadium to present checks to eight East Tennessee charities. The funds, totaling more than $220,000, were raised at a unique series of events held in April of 2011.
Variety worked with Allison and Derek to develop the Big Orange Experience fundraiser, comprised of a weekend of activities that included the Orange and White football game, an elegant evening hosted by the Dooleys at their home and a golf tournament and luncheon. Regal Entertainment Group and Pilot Corporation were the presenting sponsors. Other major sponsors included Charlie Anderson, Disney Studios, Warner Bros., Paramount Studios, Logicalis, Christie Digital and Ed Financial.
Friday's check presentation will include representatives from the East Tennessee charities that will receive donations. The charities involved are: Play It Smart, Jason Witten's Score Foundation, two Boys & Girls Clubs (Smokey Mountains and Tennessee Valley), Imagination Library, In Full Motion, Cerebral Palsy Center and Camp Koinonia.
Variety - The Children's Charity is a multi-million dollar philanthropic organization that spans the globe with 50 chapters in 14 countries, improving the lives of children through creative fundraising efforts, well-placed donations with exceptional children's charities, and its own charitable programs. With the help of volunteers and sponsors, Variety - The Children's Charity continues its mission to provide lifesaving and life-enriching assistance to children in need on the local and international level. The local chapter of Variety was founded in Knoxville by Regal Cinemas in 2001 and since then has generated more than $2.5 million to assist children in East Tennessee.