Ladies of Charity cut ribbon on cooler

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, Diocese of Knoxville, News, Year of Mercy

If they come, you will build it.

Susan Unbehaun and her team of employees and volunteers at the Ladies of Charity in Knoxville have put their own twist on the movie “Field of Dreams” and its memorable line, “If you build it, they will come.”

Mrs. Unbehaun, Ladies of Charity executive director,  and her staff, joined by friends and the St. Mary’s Legacy Foundation, cut the ribbon March 11 on a new walk-in freezer/cooler that will significantly add to the amount of food the Ladies of Charity can store and give to people in need.

The St. Mary’s Legacy Foundation awarded a grant of $17,500 to the Ladies of Charity to install the freezer/cooler. Mrs. Unbehaun and the Ladies of Charity staff proudly exhibited the new refrigerated unit to the public March 11, including to members of the North Knoxville Business & Professional Association, which held its regular meeting at the Ladies of Charity facility at 120 W. Baxter Ave.

Mrs. Unbehaun thanked the St. Mary’s Legacy Foundation and all the Ladies of Charity supporters for making the freezer/cooler possible.

“We now can increase the households that we serve,” she said, noting that Ladies of Charity staff are greeted almost on a daily basis by people waiting to receive bags of food.

Also joining the Ladies of Charity for the freezer/cooler dedication was U.S. Rep. John Duncan Jr., R-Knoxville. Congressman Duncan presented the Ladies of Charity with a flag that flew over the U.S. Capitol and put his own stamp of approval on the Ladies of Charity’s newest equipment, which has been needed to serve a growing list of people.

“This is the perfect example of the St. Mary’s Legacy Foundation. We support charity, health care, and education. The Ladies of Charity honor us by allowing us to be a small part of their ministry. They do such great work,” said John Deinhart of the foundation, who also is director of stewardship and strategic planning for the Diocese of Knoxville.