"Change for Change" fundraiser with Ice Bears set for Sunday

Sept. 2, 2016: The Knoxville Ice Bears are helping host a fundraiser Sunday for the Change Center.

The Knoxville Ice Bears are taking part in a fundraiser Sunday to benefit the Change Center in East Knoxville.

So far, leaders say about 75 percent of the $2.9 million needed to fund the Change Center has been raised. At Sunday’s “Change for Change” event, people can give their pennies and dimes to bring them even closer to that goal.

The Change Center, a 20,000-square-foot facility to be located on Harriet Tubman Street, is meant to be a safe place for teens and young adults to hang out. The center will have a multi-purpose sports venue, roller skating rink, concert stage, movie wall, game room, a Hark Knox Pizzeria cafe and more.  

The Ice Bears play a big role in the Change Center, said Mike Murray, president of the Knoxville Ice Bears.

“There’s going to be a full-scale in-line roller rink in there. Ice Bears present and future will be a big part of that building in teaching kids how to skate and keeping them off the street and just being a big part of the community like we are,” Murray said.

”Change for Change” runs from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Harriet Tubman Park. There will be food, music, face painting and more. 

(© 2016 WBIR)


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