Gatlinburg Fundraiser: TARC Raises $14,000 for Mountain Tough Recovery Team

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TARC members held a Golf Fundraiser in Gatlinburg recently and raised $14,000 for charity! All funds raised by members of TARC benefited Gatlinburg’s Mountain Tough Recovery Team, a foundation set up through the East Tennessee Foundation to help families who lost their homes in the fires last year.
Mountain Tough Recovery Team was created to continue to aid and support those
families who were adversely impacted by the fires on November 28, 2016. The fire in November of last year reportedly burned 1,800 homes and caused 500 million dollars in damage to the tourism industry.
“It’s important for TARC to support the businesses in Tennessee, especially in times of need.” said Past-President Robert Smith, Jr, “What people don’t realize is that there are still families displaced by these fires and businesses yet to be rebuilt.”

Photo Above L to R: John Mathews, Director of Emergency Management; Mayor of Sevier County Larry Waters; Ellen Wilhort, MTRT Board Chair; Curtis Sutton, TARC Past President; Robert Smith, Jr., TARC Past President; Mitch Watson, TARC Golf Fundraiser Chair; and John McNicholas, TARC Associate President.

Photo Above L to R: John Mathews, Director of
Emergency Management; Mayor of Sevier County Larry Waters; Ellen Wilhort, MTRT Board Chair; Curtis Sutton, TARC Past President; Robert Smith, Jr., TARC Past President; Mitch Watson, TARC Golf Fundraiser Chair; and John McNicholas, TARC
Associate President.

In lieu of TARC’s Scholarship Fund, TARC held a special silent auction after the golf tournament at the Margaritaville Island Hotel in Sevierville to raise funds for East Tennessee.
“We committed to raising ten thousand dollars toward the foundation, but in the end, we ended up raising $14,000,” said Mr. Smith. Those who attended the reception to receive the check included Sevier County Mayor Larry Waters, Director of Emergency Management John Mathews, and MTRT Board Chair Ellen Wilhort.
“The Mountain Tough Recovery Team will utilize these funds to assist the fire survivors with various unmet needs from medical assistance such as for the replacement of glasses, dentures, medication or other health related needs the replacement of items, such as small appliances to be used for food preparation, and assistance with utility costs in rental housing until they find a permanent solution,” said Chair Ellen Wilhort.
“It was a touching experience,” said Smith. “I had the chance to speak with the mayor of
Sevier County and some of his staff who attended the reception, they were very appreciative for the effort in helping. They also shared some of the stories about people affected by the fires, some of them lost property that had been in the families for generations. To be able to be part of the rebuilding process in these people’s lives made the event worthwhile. We, as an organization, should be honored to have been able to lend a hand to those in need. Thank you to everyone who has helped to make this event successful.”

Updated: September 19, 2017 — 4:07 PM
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