The Crumley House Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center is gearing up for its annual Polynesian Beach Party, the biggest and most festive fundraising event of the year for the center’s residential and out-patient day programs.
The party will be held Aug. 6 under a big top on the grounds of The Crumley House campus in Limestone.
This year’s casual and lighthearted evening of food, fun and fundraising will begin at 6 p.m. with drinks and hors d’oeuvre, followed by an island-flavored dinner by Chef James J. Allen, executive chef of the Blackthorne Grille at The Ridges Country Club, and topped off by a selection of desserts from Johnson City’s Cafe Pacific.
A side tent full of live and silent auction items donated by an array of Crumley House supporters will be set up for the guests to peruse, including pearls and other fine jewelry, vacation packages, beach condos, a float boat and a large assortment of dining and entertainment passes.
All of the gifts will be provided by friends of The Crumley House, including Eastman Chemical Co., Powell Construction, SunTrust Bank, Bowman’s Jewelers and others.
The Spirit of Soul Dance Band, a group known and loved for their soulful sounds from 1960s, ’70s and ‘80s, will set the mood on the party’s tiki lit dance floor. There will be games and prizes with WJHL-TV news anchor Sara Diamond serving as the master of ceremonies, followed by a live auction with auctioneer Jim Woods presiding.
Tickets for the party are $75 and may be purchased from any Crumley House board member, online at www.crumleyhouse.com or by calling The Crumley House at 257-3644, ext. 7, 483-8764 or 612-1261. The dress is casual and floral prints and other colorful beach wear are encouraged. All proceeds from the party will go to The Crumley House’s residential and outpatient rehabilitation programs and could do much to ease the waiting list for 140 people from across the United States who are in need of specialized therapy.
The Crumley House is also working to complete its capital campaign for the five-bedroom residential house that opened adjacent to its rehabilitation center in May. The 2,167-square-foot, $240,00 home was built in part through $80,000 in state grants awarded through a Department of Health initiative to move people with traumatic brain injuries who are in long-term care settings to residential therapeutic programs.
Crumley House board member and special events chairwoman Ramona Cress said Friday that while the capital campaign for the residential house is still about $100,000 from its goal, plans are already under way for the next expansion — a new $800,000 wing for the rehabilitation center for which some grant funding may also be available.
Cress said all contributions are welcome and encouraged anyone in need of more information about the center and how to the help, including cash sponsorships for beach party, to call The Crumley House or visit its website.