Blue Suede Dinner & Auction packs Civic Center

Thousands attend event benefiting the Carl Perkins Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse

JACKSON, Tenn. — Saturday night, thousands gathered in the Carl Perkins Civic Center for the 22nd Annual Blue Suede Dinner and Auction.

“Carl had a vision,” said President and CEO of the Exchange Club Pam Nash. “His hope and dream was that there would not be another child in West Tennessee that would suffer child abuse.”

“And it is just so extremely well attended and does such great things for the local area so, I said its something I’ve got to be at,” said supporter Christine Warrington.

The goal of the Carl Perkins Center is to support families that may have been affected by child abuse.

At the sold out event, dinner guests were able to place bids on auction items, with all the money benefiting the mission of ending child abuse.

“That moneys going to help our children,” said Nash. “We have child advocacy services that need support to help our children begin to heal from the terrible things that have happened to them.”

“And that’s the most important part of the auction tonight to raise money for the awareness of prevention of child abuse,” said supporter Delita Johnson.

More than 20 West Tennessee counties receive assistance from the Carl Perkins center, making this special event something folks look forward to every year.

“It appeals to a wide demographic and I think everybody really enjoys supporting the center and its cause,” said supporter Kevin Kee. “So many families have been helped through the center that it’s a privilege to support it.”

The Marshall Tucker Band was Saturday’s musical guest. Even the seats in balcony were filled for Saturday’s sold out event.

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