Sevier County Community Fund Presents $84,000 in Grants to Sevier County Fire and Rescue Departments for Disaster Relief and Recovery
Sevier County Community Fund Presents Grants to Sevier County Fire and Rescue Departments for Disaster Relief and Recovery
Sevier County, TN – On February 15 at 5 p.m., representatives of Sevier County fire and rescue departments will gather at the Gatlinburg Fire Department, 1230 East Parkway in Gatlinburg. All will be recognized and honored for their ongoing community service, especially during the fires of late November 2016. Checks totaling $84,000 will be presented to the departments by the Sevier County Community Fund, an affiliate fund of East Tennessee Foundation (ETF).
The Sevier County Community Fund was formed as the fires swept through Sevier County. The morning following the fire disaster, Ole Smoky Moonshine co-founder Joe Baker contacted former Tennessee State Supreme Court Chief Justice Gary Wade to learn how best to help his community and people. “Ole Smoky Distillery was fortunate to encounter no damage from the fire; we want to help restore our community to welcome neighbors and tourists back,” Baker told him. Chief Justice Wade encouraged Baker to work with ETF to establish an endowed fund which will help not only now but in perpetuity, addressing restoration and relief needs as well as community needs.
To date, more than $485,000 has been contributed to the fund. A grant was recently awarded to the Gatlinburg Chamber of Commerce Foundation to assist businesses with recovery and rebuilding activities. Additional grants will be forthcoming as transitional and long-term needs are identified and implemented.
“It is an ongoing privilege and honor to work with everyone from Sevier County to support the fire disaster recovery and rebuild efforts,” said Mike McClamroch, ETF CEO & President. “Contributors have been and continue to be so generous with their gifts. These donations are supporting critical and current needs while also developing a foundation for addressing future community opportunities.”
For more information on how you can contribute with your time, talents, and treasures, please visit mountaintough.org.