Several East Tennessee businesses and two bands with ties to the area are planning a Holiday concert and party to benefit victims of the wildfires that swept through Gatlinburg recently.
Sevierville-based Pepper Palace, the world’s leading hot sauce company, has teamed up with the Tennessee Smokies baseball team, Hard Rock Café Pigeon Forge and others, for the Smokies Strong Relief Benefit, which will take place on Sunday, December 18, from 2:00-6:00 p.m. Other participants include Margaritaville, Nightlife Productions and Gatlinburg.com. The event is open to everyone, come enjoy with your loved ones and donations are welcome.
“This event is to receive donations for our community and their families, but most importantly to give the children a very Merry Christmas,” said Will C-Nuñez, Executive Director of Marketing for Pepper Palace. “Items to donate can be gift cards, clothing for children or adults and supplies, like toothpaste, toiletry items, and canned foods.”
Raffle tickets for special prizes will be given with monetary donations. All proceeds will go to the Gatlinburg Relief Fund, which was established by the Gatlinburg Chamber of Commerce Foundation to directly benefit families impacted by the wildfires.
Children will have an opportunity to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus, courtesy of Margaritaville, and can play in a bounce house, which will be provided by the Tennessee Smokies. Adults, meanwhile, can enjoy live music performed by country singer Kaitlyn Baker and by Stephen Goff & The Royals. The show will be emceed by the communities local DJ Nightlife 305.
Baker, who is based in Southwest Virginia, has done two previous shows in collaboration with Pepper Palace, which produces Kaitlyn Baker’s BURN Sauce, a hot sauce. Her ballad “To Pieces” was recently released to country radio and is being played by a growing number of stations.
“Like everyone else, I was heartbroken to see the devastation in the Gatlinburg area and to learn about the loss of life,” Baker said. “When Pepper Palace asked if I wanted to be involved in this fundraiser, I did not even give it a second thought. Hopefully, we can bring a bit of joy to some of the families who have suffered so much.”
Stephen Goff, who has been a favorite at venues throughout the Southeast for several years, has performed with the likes of .38 Special, Ricky Skaggs, The Kentucky Headhunters, Marty Stuart, Ralph Stanley, Goose Creek Symphony, Black Oak Arkansas and Chris Stapleton.
“This area has been my home for ten years, but all through my childhood it was a favorite vacation spot,” Goff said. “This community has allowed me to make a living doing what I love. A lot close friends lost everything, so it’s pretty important to give back.”
The Smokies Strong Relief Benefit will take place at Hard Rock Café, 2050 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, on Sunday, December 18, from 2:00-6:00 p.m. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted. To donate online, visit https://app.mobilecause.com/f/150t/n or text PFG to 91999. Donations may also be dropped off at any SmartBank location and at Hard Rock Café Pigeon Forge. Checks may be made out to Gatlinburg Relief Fund and mailed to P.O. Box 1910, Pigeon Forge, TN 37868-1910.
More information is available at https://www.facebook.com/PepperPalace1HotShop/.