Fulmer addresses annual 365 Days of Hope event

UT Athletic Director Phillip Fulmer spoke Thursday to the Catholic Charities of East Tennessee annual luncheon “365 Days of Hope” at The Press Room on Broadway and talked about the university’s sports program and his support for the Children’s Emergency Shelter. A large crowd of business and industry supporters heard Coach Fulmer tell of his years as a football coach, winning the national championship, and incidents in his personal life.

WATE’s Kristin Farley and CCETN Executive Director Lisa Healy also spoke and Juvenile Court Judge Timothy Irwin delivered a video message urging support for the program that shelter children whose parents have been arrested.

CCETN provides programs and assistance for children and adults through shelter and housing, education, pregnancy services, counseling, and immigrant services.

Healy said that the number of children needing shelter while parents are being held is growing and thanked those corporations, companies, and individuals who donate to the shelter effort.

Thursday also was the day CCETN debuted its new logo and organizational branding.

“CCETN has been a vital provider of care to the vulnerable and underserved members of our East Tennessee community for nearly 40 years. We cherish our role in our region, and we are always looking for ways to improve and expand our services,” said Healy.

“We also recognize the vital efforts our corporate partners and community supporters provide by helping us reach those who are in need. We feel this new look reflects who we are as a traditional, vibrant, and growing service organization in our region.”

CCETN program offices are located in   Knoxville, Chattanooga and Tri-Cities, with additional services offered in Morristown, Maryville, Lafollette, and Newcomb.

The Knoxville Focus is proud to have helped sponsor the luncheon and anyone can donate to help house children during those stressful days by going online to www.ccetn.org.