Last year, we told you about the Freedom Christian Academy Outback Dinner and Auction, one of the biggest fundraisers of the year for our son’s school.

This year, we are a little late in the game to be reminding you, but, hey, it’s still not too late, so if you don’t have any plans for this evening, you could do a lot worse than stopping by Chilhowee Hills Baptist Church from between 5 and 7:45 p.m. for this year’s dinner.

Just to remind you,  first of all, there’s dinner, which this year is chicken and ribs, blue cheese chopped salad and vegetables from Outback Steakhouse at Strawberry Plains here in Knoxville. This some serious food, and at $20, it’s about as good as it gets. You’re not going to beat it, I can promise you.

Then there is the auction, both the silent and live varieties. You never know what’s going to be up for sale — like I said last year, I’ve seen works of art, cabin rentals in the Smokies, various themed baskets of goodies, brake jobs, signed football and basketballs — you name it and it just may be there. This year there are over 300 auction items available, so there is probably something to pique your interest.

All the proceeds go to Freedom Christian Academy, which is a K3-8th grade Christian school at Chilhowee Hills Baptist Church in East Knoxville. The teachers and administrators do an excellent job of educating children using a biblically-based curriculum, which is important these days. Not that I have anything specifically against public school. I am a product of a public school myself. But if I can give my son a Christian education, I think it gives him a spiritual advantage that I didn’t have. There are still a few tickets left, if you are in Knoxville.

By the way, Studio P is donating the same four items for this year’s auction that we did last year — a pair of one-hour portrait sessions (one studio and one location), a 20-page custom-designed photo book with the purchase of a portrait session and a 16 x 20 canvas wrap with the purchase of a portrait session. We will have examples of both there at the auction for you to see. The photo books, especially, are becoming quite popular. We take a lot of pictures during a 1-hour portrait session, sometimes as many as 200 or more. Photo books are a way to get more of the images without having to find a place to hang them on the wall. Below are a few shots shots from a couple of the sessions that we did for last year’s Outback auction winners.

So drop in and eat with us. Hope that we see you there!

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