November 2017 Around Town 2

Volunteer State Community College Foundation Harvest Moon Soiree

The 12th annual Volunteer State Community College Foundation Harvest Moon Soirée was held on Friday night, September 15, at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Hendersonville. Since the event’s beginning in 2006, the soirée has raised more than $500,000 for student scholarships. This year’s affair, supported by the primary sponsor Sumner Regional Medical Center, attracted more than 200 people and raised more than $35,000 for future scholarships. Guests were treated to a festive evening which included a cocktail hour, a silent auction, a catered dinner and a night of dancing and musical entertainment.

Pigs in the Park BBQ Fest

The Pigs in the Park BBQ Fest event was held September 17 at Drakes Creek Park. Attendees were treated to a world-class barbecue competition and a variety of other activities, including live musical performances, the Miss Hendersonville pageant, the Cutie Canine contest and many vendor booths. All proceeds from the event will benefit Mary’s Magical Place, a new all-inclusive playground for special needs children and their families which will be built next year.

World IndyCar Champion Josef 
Newgarden Feted in Hendersonville

The 2017 World IndyCar Champion, Josef Newgarden, returned to his hometown of Hendersonville for a celebration in his name on September 20. The event, held at Drakes Creek Park, began with the reading of a proclamation by Hendersonville Mayor Jamie Clary declaring the day as Joseph Newgarden Day. Following the proclamation, Newgarden participated in a press conference with area journalists and then took part in a question and answer session with guests. After the event, Newgarden remained at the park to participate in photo opportunities with fans.

October 17 Declared 
Golden Apple Day

The Hendersonville Chamber Foundation declared Tuesday, October 17, Golden Apple Day to celebrate and honor Hendersonville area teachers. In recognition of this proclamation, the Hendersonville Chamber Foundation hosted a celebratory event for teachers from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Bluegrass Yacht & Country Club.

Several years ago, the Hendersonville Chamber Foundation created the Golden Apple Grant program to promote education in the greater Hendersonville area. The purpose of the grant program is to help teachers address unique needs or to develop creative new programs which advance teaching and learning within the guidelines of their schools. All approved grant projects must fit within established school missions coincide with the goals and objectives of the school or school system. Although projects may focus on a single teacher and classroom, teams supporting grade or discipline-wide results are also supported, as well as schoolwide projects.

To prepare for the event, Hendersonville Area Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Kathleen Hawkins requested community support through the contribution of personalized notes and greeting cards expressing gratitude toward local teachers. Also, area businesses and citizens were encouraged to donate gift cards and door prizes to provide to teachers during the Golden Apple Day celebration.

The Chamber foundation is the 501(c)(3) nonprofit arm of the Hendersonville Area Chamber whose mission is to provide educational resources to the Hendersonville community. Fundraising for the foundation is obtained through personal and business donations, advertising sales for the Portrait of Hendersonville and the annual Freedom Festival event held every July 3.