March 9, 2012

Con was happy
to take part in
Game On Against Cancer
to benefit programs at Thompson Cancer
Survival Center.
This fun event was held at Games & Things
in Knoxville.

Funds raised will go to two programs at TCSC -
The Thompson Cares Fund
and The Fellowhip Center.

Games & Things owners Scott and Lisa Mellon came up with the unique idea for this fundraiser and sponsored the event.
Lisa has been a patient at TCSC for quite some time, so the couple has witnessed first hand
the needs of so many patients there.
Several Knoxville celebrities joined in on the fun for this event. There were sports icons, radio and television personalities, plus both the city and county Mayors. For a donation of $50 you could take on your favorite celebrity in a game of your choice, like Shuffleboard, Table Tennis, Darts, Billiards, Blackjack, and 5-Card Draw.

Con was at the Blackjack table and Bill Landry
of The Heartland Series was the dealer.
Can you say t-r-o-u-b-l-e?!

Con and Bill take a quick break for a picture. Bill's Heartland Series is an East Tennessee treasure. The show has won numerous awards and highlights the unique people, communities and history that make East Tennessee and our surrounding area so special.

Bill was glad to be a part of this event for such a worthy cause.

The games continue with everyone enjoying some good-natured competition. There was a great turnout for the first year of this event, and there are great hopes to make it an annual event. The Thompson Cares Fund provides financial assistance for patients with basic needs like overnight housing, transportation, medication and supplies. The Fellowship Center offers a free home-away-from-home to patients who travel from out of town to receive treatment at TCSC. Besides wonderful supportive services, the center also provides fully furnished apartments and even meals.
Another part of this fundraiser was a silent auction. There were several items in the auction - art, signed sports memorabilia, furniture, trips, pool tables, etc. Con and IMMI Records donated a
Con Hunley Music Library along with two t-shirts, AND a certificate for two to have lunch with Con at his favorite lunch spot,
Litton's Restaurant.
Kaye Heatherly was the top bidder for this fun prize! She and her husband are looking forward to having lunch with Con.
Jeff Maxwell, right, was awarded the Game On Commemorative Medal
for Blackjack.
City of Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero was proud to take part in tonight's benefit.
Madam Mayor took on several challengers in shuffleboard.
Knox County Mayor
Tim Burchett was also on hand to help with this worthy cause.
Mayor Burchett took his chances against players at the pool table.
Con's brother Steve Hunley, chats with Mayor Rogero. Steve was also proud to be one of the event sponsors.
Game On volunteer
Kaye Cummings, right, gets a quick picture
with Con.

Kaye has known Con for years, and was actually responsible for recruiting Con for this fun event.

It was a great night filled with a lot of laughs and fun and games. But the most important thing is that more than $30,000 was raised to help the programs at TCSC!
Kudos to all the celebrities, sponsors and gamers...Let's do it again next year!
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