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Culinary event aids Joy Lowe Recovery Fund

March 12th, 2012 4:09 am by From staff reports

Culinary event aids Joy Lowe Recovery Fund

Contributed photoJoy Lowe, seen here with her husband Andy and children Avery and Dylan, was diagnosed with a grade 4 glioblastoma in October 2011.

After a two-year hiatus, the Mountain Empire Culinary Association is back together, and its first community service event will be a fund-raiser for the Joy Lowe Recovery Fund.


During its 20-year history, the culinary association has done community work in Johnson City, Kingsport, Bristol and Elizabethton, benefiting the Ronald Mc-Donald House; local Boys and Girls Clubs; the Shepherd’s Inn, a shelter for battered and abused women and their children; Crumley House Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center and the Alzheimer’s Association.


Tina Norris will resume duty as president of the association, with Armand Celentano as vice president and Larry Crawford serving as secretary/treasurer. The association includes area chefs, cooks, culinary art high school teachers and students, and others who love to eat and learn new cooking techniques.


On March 22, the culinary association will hold a fund-raiser for the Joy Lowe Recovery Fund. Lowe was diagnosed with a grade 4 glioblastoma in October 2011. The Kingsport resident, wife and mother of two, had been having headaches and complaining of diminished comprehension in her reading since spring 2011, while she was in law school. A brain scan on Oct. 1 revealed a large tumor. When the tumor began to bleed, causing her to have seizures and lose consciousness, emergency surgery was performed.


Lowe spent several months in the hospital before being moved to a local nursing home, where she still lives.


The fund-raiser will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Kingsport Community Church, 2316 Memorial Blvd. in Kingsport. In addition to dinner, the evening will feature entertainment and door prizes. Among the chefs who have agreed to help are Eric Hoglund, Richard Erskine, Tracy and Daniel Law, Celentano and Norris. Entertainment will be provided by Paul Gabinet.


Tickets are $25 and are available at Kingsport Community Church, 2316 Memorial Blvd., or by calling 246-7974 or 276-7262. The Joy Lowe Recovery Fund is established at Kingsport Employee Credit Union and helps Andy Lowe care for Joy as well as their children Avery and Dylan.


The Mountain Empire Culinary Association usually meets the second Monday of every month in various locations. There will be no March meeting. April’s meeting has been changed to 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 10, at the Plum Tree restaurant in Kingsport.

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