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Alliance gears up for Gala Nov. 19

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The Roane Alliance’s annual fund-raising Gala will be “rolling out the red carpet for a night of Hollywood stars this year,” said Alliance President and CEO Leslie Henderson.

The Alliance Gala is planned for Nov. 19.

It is one of the county’s premier social events and features a gourmet meal, a wine reception, music and entertainment, live and silent auctions and — new this year — a Hollywood theme.     

“This year the Roane Alliance is rolling out the red carpet for its annual gala and it will be a night for folks to dress up as their favorite Hollywood star,” Henderson said.

Celebrities from Paris Hilton to Humphrey Bogart will be fair game for those who want to dress their chosen part from their own favorite Hollywood decade, but the dress-up part is strictly optional.

“This is a night for everyone to have fun; to help the Alliance and to enjoy a very special and very entertaining evening,” Henderson added.

The Gala’s purpose is to raise funds to support the operations of The Alliance throughout the year.  

These operations cover a wide range of economic and community development activities — all geared toward making Roane County more prosperous while enhancing the lives of its residents.

The Alliance handles everything from industrial recruitment for the county to assisting with community events to providing technical assistance to existing businesses and more.

The Alliance is a onestop shop for all economic development — it is made up of the Roane County Industrial Development Board, the Roane Chamber of Commerce and the Roane County Visitor’s Bureau.

 “Last year continued to bring all of us many challenges, but without a strong, highly functioning Alliance out there working on our behalf, it could have been a whole lot worse,” noted Ben Andrews, chairman of The Roane Alliance board of directors.

“Your support for our Gala this year is vital to the continuing success of those efforts,” he added.

The Gala will be in Rothschild’s in West Knoxville. It begins at 6 p.m. with a reception and silent auction.

The auction typically includes get-away weekends, purebred puppies, sports memorabilia, jewelry, beauty and gift baskets and hundreds of other items.  

To become a Gala supporter in any way — including the purchase of sponsorships or individual tickets ($150 per person) or through the donation of any auction items — call The Alliance at 376-2093.

“Your support,” Henderson said, “is critical to our future success.”