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Kingsport dinner to pay homage to local heroes

Staff Report • Nov 2, 2019 at 5:30 PM

KINGSPORT — In observance of Veterans Day, the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Kingsport and the Tri-Cities Military Affairs Council are gearing up for their seventh annual Honoring Our Heroes dinner.

The event, which will be held Nov. 8 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at St. Dominic Catholic Church, will recognize regional heroes of the past, present and future.

This year’s honorees include active and retired military personnel, first responders, education and medical professionals and Boys & Girls Club of Greater Kingsport members.

“Today more than ever it’s important that youth see true everyday heroes,” said Lisa Beilharz, president and CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Kingsport. “These honorees are role models with honor and serve something larger than themselves.”

This year’s keynote speaker will be retired Lt. Gen. Ron Hite, who served in the U.S. Army for 33 years. Lynda Fontaine of 98.5 WTFM will be the master of ceremonies.

“It is important that we take time to highlight the fundamental qualities of a hero like determination, dedication to community and integrity,” said Ernie Rumsby, president of the Tri-Cities Military Affairs Council. “Each of these honorees demonstrate these qualities in living by the adage ‘service to humanity is the best work of life.’ ”


This year’s military honorees are all Korean War veterans: Jim Beutel, retired Marine; Arlen Hensley, retired Marine; Fred Himelwright, retired Army; Robert Jenkins, retired Navy; Cpl. William Charles Reed, retired Army; and Robert Shelton, Army.

The law enforcement honoree is Officer Kin Ho, a U.S. Army service member and recipient of the Medal of Merit and the Life-Saving Medal. First responder honorees are Matthew Alley, firefighter with the Kingsport Fire Department, and Kayla Duncan, paramedic with Sullivan County EMS.

Educational and medical honorees are Jerry Miller, founder of Holston Medical Group, and Jennifer Frazier, supervisor of secondary education and school nutrition for Scott County Public Schools.

Youth honorees from the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Kingsport are Grace T. of the Hawkins County site and Caden B. of the Eastman site. Honorees from the Riverview and Scott County sites will be announced at a later date.

How to attend

Tickets are $45 and will include dinner; all honorees will be served steak dinners as patrons enjoy gourmet burgers. Texas Roadhouse will donate meals for the event, and Longhorn Steakhouse will provide desserts.

Proceeds will benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Kingsport and the Tri-Cities Military Affairs Council. To purchase tickets, visit kbgc.org/honoring-our-heroes or call Tina Pasquale at (423) 230-4160 x232.

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