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Wilderness at the Smokies presents $10,000 check to Sevier County Food Ministries

SEVIERVILLE -- Wilderness at the Smokies recently presented a $10,000 check to Sevier County Food Ministries. The check represented the total funds raised through Wilderness at the Smokies’ third annual Holiday Funds for Food Drive.

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Wilderness at the Smokies presents a $10,000 check to Sevier County Food Ministries raised through annual Holiday Funds for Food Drive. Images, left to right: Phillip Froehlich, General Manager, Wilderness at the Smokies and Jim Davis, Executive Director of Sevier County Food Ministry. Image courtesy of Wilderness at the Smokies

On select dates in November, Wilderness at the Smokies welcomed the greater Sevierville community to splash the day away inside the normally guest-exclusive Wild WaterDome, Tennessee’s largest indoor waterpark, for just $10 per person. Proceeds totaled $10,000 ($8,000 in day pass sales with an additional $2,000 contribution from Wilderness at the Smokies) and will directly benefit Sevier County Food Ministries’ programs to feed the hungry.

"We are extremely appreciative of Wilderness at the Smokies for their partnership for many years now, and we are thrilled to accept this contribution, said Jim Davis, Director of Sevier County Food Ministries. “This provides a huge boost to our capabilities to serve our neighbors in need not only as we head into the holidays but also as we charge into winter, which is our busiest time of the year. Thank you to the folks at The Wilderness who made this happen once again, and to the hundreds and hundreds of local citizens who took advantage of the opportunity to visit the water park and help us at the same time. We are only able to do what we do because of our community."

“The Holiday Funds for Food Drive is a win-win opportunity for Sevier County,” said, Phillip Froehlich, general manager of Wilderness at the Smokies. “Special thanks to Food City, the Sevier County School System, the Sevierville Chamber, the Pigeon Forge Chamber for their contribution in helping to promote the Holiday Funds for Food Drive, and especially to those families who participated and enjoyed a day of fun inside the waterpark.”

Sevier county Food Ministries is a voluntary interfaith ministry founded in in 1992 in downtown Sevierville to help assure that no one in Sevier County goes hungry. Food and monetary donations are used to purchase food and contributed by caring individuals, churches, businesses, clubs, groups and man other person and organizations. Their mission is simply to feed the hungry.

Wilderness at the Smokies, Tennessee’s Largest Waterpark Resort & Family Adventure Center, is situated in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, the #1 most visited national park, in Sevierville. For more information, visit

Published December 26, 2017

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