Letter: Food Ministries’ fiesta is ahead

Apr. 14, 2014 @ 09:34 AM


Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies will host the fourth annual Food Ministry Fiesta on Tuesday, April 29, with the doors to fun, food, festivities, and a fantastic silent auction opening at 6 p.m. in Gatlinburg.

The Fiesta is Sevier County Food Ministries’ one and only official fundraiser of the year, and with your help we can make it count. Our primary goal this spring is to upgrade our freezer and cooler capacity so that we may better serve our neighbors.

One hundred percent of the proceeds from the Fiesta benefit SCFM and for this we are grateful and thank Ripley’s Entertainment and the Aquarium, which this year has a wonderful new exhibit featuring “The Slime.”

As you check out all the exhibits and eat lots of really good food, stop by our silent auction and browse through the selection of terrific items we have accumulated from supporters in our community, including crafts, jewelry, certificates, gift cards and lodging packages.

We’ll cap off the evening by giving away our door prizes, a flat screen television, a quilt from the Maples Tree, and a three-night stay at the Howard Johnson Inn, St. Pete Beach, Fla.

The Pea Pickin’ Hearts, local artists Rachel Gibson and Jon Ives, will provide Appalachian-inspired musical entertainment.

Tickets are $50 for one, $75 for two or $100 for three. Tickets for children under 10 are just $10. You can purchase tickets at the Aquarium, the Gatlinburg Convention and Visitors Bureau office, or at the Pigeon Forge Chamber of Commerce. Tickets can also be purchased by ordering through our Facebook page (via Paypal), reserving tickets by mail (P.O. Box 6042, Sevierville, 37864) or by calling 428-5182, ext. 11.

Free parking will be available at the City of Gatlinburg’s Aquarium Parking Garage at Traffic Light #5.

I would like to take this time to personally thank everyone for their many acts of kindness that you have shown me during the illness and passing of my husband, Jim B. Johnson. He was a faithful volunteer and served as the Chairman of our Steering Committee for many years.

J.J. wanted us all to go by our Vision Statement while fulfilling our mission to feed our hungry neighbors. We shared a vision that SCFM would increase its reputation as a place of safety, modeling unconditional love and mercy through Christian service.

We will continue to serve so people will experience the activity of prayer, love and mercy on an ongoing basis.

We do hope to see you at the Food Ministry Fiesta. I thank you for your support and prayers.


Dorothy Johnson

Chairperson, SCFM Steering Committee