More than 175 supporters of New Hope Children’s Advocacy Center gathered Saturday night for a champagne reception, four-course meal, and silent and live auctions at RT Lodge.

The annual Black Tie/Blue Jeans benefit raised over $100,000, more than 25 percent of New Hope’s budget.

The event, which also helps help bring an awareness of the organization and its services to abused children in Blount County, also was the setting for bestowing the Spirit of Hope volunteer of the year award, which went to Becky Rials.

Deputy Sheriff Jimmy Long also spoke about how child abuse cases used to be solved before advocacy centers.

The mission of New Hope Children’s Advocacy Center, which opened in 2003, is to “restore New Hope to abused or traumatized children and their families.”

The Black Tie/Blue Jeans Committee included Peggy Kiser, Joy Eargle, Patti Clevenger, Debbie Moon, Niki Schrock, Brenda Sellers and Kayla Ruckart.

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