The Diamond and Denim Gala is set for April 27 at the Lakewood Golf and Country Club in Tullahoma.

The gala is the main fundraising event for Trinity Care Center, which provides day care services to adults in the area.

This is the 14th year of the event, said Cindy LaPlata, secretary of the Trinity Care Center board of directors.

LaPlata invited locals to enjoy delicious food and fun, while, at the same time, supporting the center.

Social hour is set to begin at 6 p.m., and dinner will be served at 7 p.m. The live auction and music entertainment will start at 8 p.m.

“During the social hour, we’ll have the silent auction,” LaPlata said. “The live auction will start after dinner and we’ll have a DJ that will play music.”

The gala provides much-needed funds for the organization.

“This event really helps us get through the year,” LaPlata said. “We raise money mostly through the sponsorships – most of our sponsors have supported the center since day one. The sponsors get complimentary tickets.”

There are several sponsorship levels: $1,000 Diamond Level includes a complimentary table for eight; $750 Sapphire Level includes six tickets; $500 Ruby Level provides four tickets; and $300 Emerald Level provides two tickets.

Elaine Huffines, treasurer of the Trinity Care Center board of directors, encouraged community members to attend and promised everyone a good time and a gift.

“When guests arrive at the country club, they will receive a little black bag with a gemstone – it could be a garnet, a sapphire or a diamond,” Huffines said. “Everybody who has a ticket gets one of the bags.”

Wendell and Rhessa Hanson with Hanson Realty & Auction have donated the gemstones, said Huffines. 

Before dinner, while they are perusing the silent auction items, attendees will be invited to enjoy hors d’oeuvres.

“Afterward, we’ll have a plated meal in the dining hall, and during that time, there will be music,” Huffines said. “Then, we’ll start our live auction for our larger gifts donors have provided for us. Wendell Hanson is our auctioneer, and his wife, Rhessa, will assist with this.”

The action items include a trip to Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa, with accommodations for two nights and tickets to Dollywood for shows and attractions. Attendees will also have a chance to bid for a trip for four with three-night accommodations to Alexana Estate Vineyard and Winery in Newberg, Oregon.  

Huffines encouraged locals to come to the event and support Trinity Care Center.

“We serve a group of people whose families are trying to take care of them at home,” Huffines said. “[Our clients] can’t stay home by themselves and we provide a homey environment for them. They pay a fee to come, but the fee does not cover all the utilities and the salaries for our staff. Our gala provides funds for insurance and extra expenses to allow the center to serve our community.”

The gala raises money and “helps families that are desperate for help and are not ready to put their family member in a nursing home,” added Huffines.


The event

The Diamond and Denim Gala will be held April 27 at the Lakewood Golf and Country Club in Tullahoma.

Social hour will begin at 6 p.m., and dinner will be served at 7 p.m.

The live auction and music entertainment is set to start at 8 p.m.

Tickets cost $70 apiece.

To purchase tickets, call Trinity Care Center at 931-455-0755.


About the center

A nonprofit organization, Trinity Care Center is the only adult day care center in the area licensed by the state.

Trinity Lutheran Church launched the program 25 years ago, with the help of volunteers from the community.

Trinity Care Center, 708 1st Ave., serves individuals in the Bedford, Coffee, Franklin and Moore counties.

The center is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Participants can stay for as many hours as they wish. The prices are as follows: $7.50 per hour; $26 for five hours; $37 per day; and $165 per week.

For more information, call the center at 455-0755.

Elena Cawley can be reached via email at