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Sue Monk Kidd

Carry the Torch Knoxville | Volunteer Ministry Center | 511 North Broadway | Knoxville, TN 37917 | 865-524-3926


Carry the Torch Knoxville is an annual event that features speakers who have an impact on the issues of homelessness, mental health and, families.  The purpose of this event is two-fold: it is a fundraiser for the Volunteer Ministry Center (VMC) and a mechanism to educate the public that homelessness is a community problem. Carry the Torch features a mission fair at which attendees can sign up to volunteer for a variety of programs throughout the Knoxville area.  

The Volunteer Ministry Center is the host agency for Carry the Torch Knoxville. VMC is dedicated to ending and preventing homelessness in Knoxville.  The mission of the Volunteer Ministry Center is to facilitate permanent supportive housing for those who are homeless and to provide services to prevent homelessness.

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This year’s event will feature Sue Monk Kidd, a Southern writer whose award winning novels include The Secret Life of Bees and The Invention of Wings.  The Secret Life of Bees has been made into a major motion picture.  The Invention of Wings, Kidd’s third novel was published January 7, 2014, by Viking to wide critical acclaim, debuting on the New York Times bestseller list at #1. The novel was chosen for Oprah’s Book Club 2.0. Plans are underway to turn the book into a film.
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The first Carry the Torch Knoxville event was held in 2009 and featured Ron Hall and Denver Moore from the book Same Kind of Different As Me. There was magic in the air that day as guests were led to carry the torch. Since then, Carry the Torch has been held annually and has featured nationally recognized authors and speakers.

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