The Taste of the South (TOTS), a committed and focused committee of 44 southerners who make it their annual duty to share a taste of the south with Washington, DC and give something back to the states they will always call home, presented Camp Koinonia with its largest financial gift in its history.
Friday, September 23, Camp Koinonia was presented a check from TOTS for $187, 208. The donation was raised through their annual TOTS Gala which has allowed fundraising and donations totaling over $4 million to be distributed to charities across the south and in Washington, DC over thirty-four years. The event and presentation were held at the Visitor’s Center and hosted by former co-anchor of WBIR 10 News, Bill Williams. Those who spoke and or attended the event included current and legacy board members, Camp Koinonia staff, University of Tennessee faculty, staff and students, Koinonia campers and families and other local dignitaries.
Camp Koinonia‘s primary focus is to provide an opportunity for children and young adults, some with severe disabilities, to attend an outdoor camp they normally would not be able to. The donation will supplement the funding gap for the University of Tennessee Camp Koinonia program, through which the Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Studies Therapeutic Recreation students work with the camp annually. You can contact Angela Wozencroft, Associate Professor and Camp Koinonia Program Director for more information about how to get involved.
You can find the complete press release regarding the donation here.