As in years past the Knoxville Alumni Association was involved in several successful
events. Our participation included an Antique Road Show where individuals could
bring in personal items and have them appraised at a certain cost. For a second
consecutive year we participated in Celebrate Iowa. This talented all-state group
of Iowa high school students sang and danced to the delight of a packed house. For
the third year we supported Bryan Schlotterback in his attempt to run 200 miles
in 24 hours. Although he fell short of his goal, he still managed to raise $3,500
for the Save Our Stadium project.
This fall we again participated in the Living
Windows event held annually in downtown Knoxville. This event, although not a big
fundraiser, does keep our Association visible to the Community and fellow Alumni.
Of course our biggest "event" remains our participation in the annual Homecoming
parade and hosting the Homecoming Alumni Dance.
2010 was a productive year as most
of our goals were met. The state of the economy continues to challenge all of our
life's goals as well as those of the KAA. The main goals for 2011 will be to complete
presently planned projects at Ken Locke Stadium. The KAA Board feels that as funds
become available we will complete all the Save Our Stadium goals.
At this time we
plan to move on with other challenges and projects. Even though our emphasis on
SOS goals may be slowing down, it doesn't mean we will not accept contributions
for future projects at the stadium that our Association feels is important to our
Community and School!
So what happened in 2010? 2010 Knoxville Alumni Association
Provided more scholarships through the "Dollars for Scholars" program
Provided three (3) scholarships plus one (1) scholarship initiated by former cheerleaders called "Five Decades of Spirit"
Provided a fifth scholarship which was our annual $10,000.00 endowed scholarship
The number one goal for KAA in 2011 is to increase our membership participation!
In addition, the Class of '61 challenged each other throughout 2010, setting
a goal to raise $10,000 to establish an endowed scholarship in their class' name.
They have raised over $13,000 and will present their initial scholarship
this Spring. KAA would like to now challenge all classes, regardless of the amount,
to make their "mark" for their class!
Even though this project will conclude this year we will continue accepting donations to SOS for projects in the future and to help maintain the work we have accomplished.
A huge thank you to Alumni all over the country who have been supportive financially and with words of encouragement for SOS. As you can see, there is much to do this year and the time and resources are unfortunately on short supply. I would like to impress upon all our members and friends to continue to support our Alumni Association. To achieve our goals and continue to serve our school and community, we are dependent on that support!
You can purchase a brick, or encourage your class to join in and purchase one.
Please take the time to re-new your annual membership dues of $25.00 or consider the $250.00 lifetime membership.
Your participation in this matter will be what sustains our great organization.
Terry Edwards, President
Knoxville Alumni Association