Derby Garden Party
If you are an avid horse racing fan or are just looking for an excuse to dress up and wear a big hat, join us for our first Derby Garden Party!
Proceeds from ticket sales and the silent auction will go towards the 2019 Special Growers Summer Work Program.
May 4, 2019
4:00 pm-8:00 pm
This year's event will take place at one of the newest event venues in town - The Showroom at Five Points. Festivities will start at 4:00 pm. Party attire encouraged for participation in the Best Hat and Best Dressed contest!
There will be heavy hors d'oeuvres served throughout the evening with beer and your first signature drink - a Mint Julep - included with your ticket. A cash bar will be open to purchase additional alcoholic beverages.
The Kentucky Derby will be broadcasted on multiple large screen TVs, along with other activities to enjoy including:
Tickets can be purchased below. Space is limited to 100 attendees, so don't miss out on this fun evening! If you have any questions or inquiries, please send an email to email@example.com.
The Showroom at Five Points
Special Growers was established in 2010 by a group of parents with special needs youth. These parents began realizing how few opportunities and outside-the-home activities remained as their children graduated high school and entered adulthood. This group decided to take action, and thus, “Special Growers” was born. The garden was started with hopes of selling vegetables and other produce grown by their youth at the local Farmer’s Market. However, after a few attempts, the quality and quantity could not match that of the big local farms of which Special Growers couldn’t compete with.
After careful consideration, they decided to adapt their original plan and specialize in the production of fresh herbs selling to local area restaurants. Special Growers prides itself on the “freshest of herbs” delivered to restaurant kitchens within two hours of being harvested. In 2011, Vulcan Materials Company leased a large parcel of property to the new non-profit business and a greenhouse was donated by Out of Eden Garden Center. With the help of employees of Gerdau Ameristeel, the Special Growers greenhouse was quickly up and running, and it has been thriving ever since.
Starting with three restaurants in 2012, Special Growers now delivers to 20 restaurants in the Maryville-Knoxville area. The greenhouse now employs eight special needs young adults and three interns year around with the addition of 25 – 30 disabled young adults during June and July in their summer work program. For the last two years, Special Growers has sponsored a weekly work-study program to all four local high schools, providing work opportunities to over 60 special needs students during the school year.
As the years go by, things continue to change and update at the greenhouse—from the addition of hydroponics to the increasing number of restaurants served. However, the determined and strong work ethic of everyone involved in Special Growers has remained and only continues to grow.
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