Postponed: Strong Family, Strong Country Event Coming to Knoxville

Please welcome guest contributor, Melissa Cox from Frugalissa Finds.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Strong Family, Strong Country event has been postponed.  A new date will be posted on as soon as it is secured.  All entries in the giveaway will be counted and honored on the new date. More details to come as they become available.

Forever Families Inc. is pleased to announce its Strong Family, Strong Country event on Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at 7:00pm at Knoxville’s Civic Auditorium. Featuring Governor Mike Huckabee, NewsTalk Radio Host Hallerin Hilton Hill, Forever Families founders Jeff & Debby McElroy, and recording artist Sarah Mentzer, the purpose of the evening is to cast the vision that the family is the very foundation for a strong society. All proceeds raised during this event will help fund the many marriage, parenting, and family ministries of Forever Families, a Knoxville-based ministry impacting families around the world.“When the institution of the family crumbles, everything else falls with it,” states Jeff McElroy, president of Forever Families. “As a culture, we’re spending trillions trying to react to all that happens as a result of broken homes. It’s time we invest some proactive attention and money upstream, addressing the cause.”

Strong Family, Strong Country event is $35 for general admission and $50 for a VIP ticket, which includes a meet and greet with Governor Huckabee. An invitation-only VIP meal with Governor Huckabee will also be held with area leaders to challenge them to stand united in defense of Knoxville families.

Knox County Family Facts

• Tennessee has the 8th highest divorce rate in the country, and Knox County has the 2nd highest divorce rate in Tennessee. The latest figures reveal our marriage rate and divorce rate in Knox County are almost the same: 2,348 marriages in 2009 vs. 2,067 divorces. (U.S. National Center for Health Statistics)
• Only 48% of families in Knox county have married parents (U.S. Census Bureau)
• Family fragmentation is the number one contributor to children raised in poverty in Knox County. 37% of families with a female householder and no husband present had incomes below the poverty level. (U.S. Census Bureau)
• The annual cost of divorce to Knox County taxpayers is approximately $51 million. The annual cost to taxpayers in Tennessee is $757 million, nationally is $112 billion. (Institute for American Values)

Frugalissa Finds is giving away tickets to the Strong Family, Strong Country Event! Visit Frugalissa Finds to enter!


Melissa Cox aka-Frugalissa is a wife and mom to a son and daughter. She moved to Knoxville five years ago from beautiful sunny southern California. She is quite savvy at finding deals and saving money. Her motto is “Frugal does not mean I have to be cheap”. She is into natural living, being green and tries to feed her family healthy, wholesome food while still couponing and saving a buck or two. She loves to teach others in the community to save money and coupon, too.  She writes the blog Frugalissa Finds.

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