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106.1 The River

106.1 The River Presents the 2nd Annual Pajama Jam on the Star of Knoxville Riverboat to Benefit Kidz Team

Date: Saturday, June 23rd
Time: 8-11 pm
Place: On board the Star of Knoxville
Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Includes boarding pass, food, music, over $2,000 in prizes, PJ contest. and more. Call Tennessee Riverboat Company at 525-7827. Ages 21 and up.
Sponsors: Years Younger MediSpa, WOW Massage, Breazeale Clinic, Performance Medicine, and Property Assessor Phil Ballard

Cindi Alpert: This is our second year hosting the Pajama Jam, an adult PJ party to benefit local charities. This is such a fun event because you get to cruise the Tennessee River at sunset on board the historic Star of Knoxville, enjoy tasty hors d’oeuvres, enter to win awesome door prizes, and dance the night away, all while wearing your PJ’s. The best part is that the proceeds from this event benefit a very worthwhile local cause. This year, we decided to partner with Kidz Team. Brian, tell our readers what KidzTeam is all about.

Bryan Butler: Kidz Team helps the families of newly diagnosed cancer patients at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. As soon as a child is diagnosed with cancer, we deliver one of our “emergency kits” to the family. In many cases, the families have come to ETCH from several miles away and are unaware that they will be staying at the hospital for many days and even weeks. The kits contain several different personal hygiene items along with gift cards to surrounding restaurants. We even give them a gas card.

Cindi: You and your wife, Donna, are very passionate about Kidz Team. Tell us how Kidz Team came to be and why it is such an important cause to you and your family.

Bryan: In 2002, our son was diagnosed with Leukemia, and we experienced first-hand what it was like to be thrust into that situation. While we were in the hospital, we witnessed how all the other families were in the same predicament. No family is prepared for that initial diagnosis stage in the cancer battle, so we decided that one day we would start helping families of kids with cancer. After our little boy passed away in 2006, we started Kidz Team in his honor, and we have been helping families ever since.

Cindi: Aside from attending 106.1 The River’s 2nd Annual Pajama Jam, how else can people help the Kidz Team cause?

Brian: People can always go to our website, www.KidzTeam.org. There are multiple ways to donate, either directly or buying some of our products from our website. You can also visit Workout Anytime on Kingston Pike. They are donation collection facilities for Kidz Team, and they also help us sell our products at their businesses.

For more information, call Kidz Team at 865-368-0899 or visit www.KidzTeam.org.

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