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The Volunteer Ministry Center Presents


October 19, 2022

A Benefit Luncheon Featuring Becca Stevens,

President & Founder of Thistle Farms, Author of Practically Divine

Carry the Torch will begin with a Mission Fair at 10:00 am. Agencies which provide housing, general assistance, medical, and behavioral health services throughout our community, along with VMC will present booths and interact with visitors who are looking for volunteer opportunities. The Carry the Torch luncheon on October 19th will begin promptly at 11:45 am in the Ballroom of the Knoxville Convention Center.


A speaker, leader, priest and entrepreneur, Becca Stevens is the president of Thistle Farms, a multifaceted, international nonprofit. She founded the organization more than 20 years ago to provide a sanctuary and healing for women survivors of prostitution, trafficking and addiction not historically served. She leads important conversations across the country by speaking, writing, and heading a national network of like-minded organizations. She has helped establish justice enterprises and helped raise more than $55M in funding. The New York Times, PBS, ABC World News, NPR, CNN and the White House have all highlighted Becca and her work.

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For information regarding
sponsorships please contact
Mary Beth Ramey
(865) 524-3926 Ext. 229


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Honorary Chair Jerry Askew

Former Board Member and Long Time Supporter of VMC

October 19, 2022
Mission Fair 10:00 am -11:45 am; Luncheon at 11:45 am; Book Signing 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm