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Center Stage

Center Stage

Center Stage is a black tie gala benefiting the Goody's Children's Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. Organized in 1993 by Wendy and Robert Goodfriend, Center Stage is an evening of pure entertainment. No auctions or other fund-raising requests are made during the event. The night includes a cocktail reception, dinner, and a performance by a featured performer.

Upcoming Event April 12, 2014: 6 p.m. - Midnight
Knoxville Convention Center Ballroom
Contact: (865) 541-8441
Tickets: $350 (individuals)
Table Sponsorships Available: Download Sponsor Info (PDF)


Center Stage 2013 featured KC and the Sunshine Band and rising country star Laura Bell Bundy on Saturday, April 20, 2013 in the Ballroom of the Knoxville Convention Center. Guests arrived at 6 pm for a cocktail reception featuring Pacific Rim Tuna, Puffed Rasberry and Brie in Phyllo, Crostini with Horseradish Cream topped with smoked Chateau and Caramelized Onions, Crostini with Tomato Basil Aioli Smoked Chicken topped with a Tomato Caper Relish and Basil. In addition there was a circular table with a fresh seasonal fruit display and a live Carmen Miranda look alike in the middle of the table greeting guests.

Laura Bell Bundy opened the show followed by KC and the Sunshine Band. Guests enjoyed a fabulous dinner and dessert in the Ballroom with décor reflecting an 80's theme complete with cascades of lights, tie dye and flowers in yellow, lime green and orange colors. At the end of the performance, guests enjoyed the music of Vibraslaps (a local band) and munched on Crispy Mini Beef Tacos and Cinnamon Churros served from a colorful taco cart.