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Bursting the Blues is an opportunity for our community to shake off the winter blues with dinner, a silent auction, our unique “balloon pop,” and live music – this year featuring Oak Ridge musicians Robbie and James Lewis. Guests will enjoy a fun evening, say farewell to the February blues, and raise money to support those most at risk in our community at the time they most need our support.

Contrary to popular myth, suicide rates are highest in Spring and lowest in Winter. This trend is constant since studies dating back into the early 1800s. Researchers are uncertain about the cause. What they do know is that 978 lives were lost to suicide in Tennessee in 2018, according to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

CONTACT Care Line has joined with more than 160 crisis centers across the country to form the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. “As the only Lifeline call center in East Tennessee, CONTACT Care Line is uniquely positioned and committed to reducing deaths from suicide in our communities,” said Bruce Marshall, Executive Director, Contact Care Line.

CONTACT invites you to join with others in our community to raise funds to support this critically needed life-saving mission. In addition, there are opportunities to sponsor the gala, donate gift cards in amounts ranging from $25 to $100 for the “balloon pop,” or donate a unique opportunity, event or item of interest for the silent auction.


What’s the dress for the evening?

We call it business casual. But, some folks like to come in cocktail attire, others go very casual. Mostly, just dress to have some fun!

What’s the menu for dinner?

Spinach Salad with Strawberries, Bleu Cheese, and Candied Pecans
Spinach Maria
Risotto with Mushrooms and Tomatoes
Steamed Vegetable Medley
Baked Chicken Almandine
Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Granny Smith Apples and Calvados Sauce
Hot Yeast Rolls
Decadent Chocolate Cake and New York Style Cheesecake Freshly Brewed Coffee, Decafe, Iced Tea, Water

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

No age restriction; but Bursting the Blues is planned as an adult event.  No children’s activities are available.  There is a cash bar.  So, bring your ID along if you’d like to enjoy refreshments at the bar.

What can/can’t I bring to the event?

Bring yourself and a readiness to have a good time!  If you’d like to participate in the silent auction or “balloon pop” make sure you bring cash, check, or credit card!

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

You can email us at: office@contactlistens.org or contact us via private message on our Facebook at:  https://www.facebook.com/ContactListens. Or, you can call us at 865-312-7450.  Leave a voicemail if there’s no answer.  We’re often busy on the Crisis Line.

Is my registration/ticket transferrable? 


Can I update my registration information?


Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Please bring your ticket to speed up the process at the door.  If you forget, don’t stress, we’ll make sure you get in if you give your name and address at the registration table as you enter the event.

What is the refund policy?

It’s a charity event to support folks who need someone to listen, someone to care.  And, we know that you’d rather have your payment going to our good cause.  🙂

The name on the registration/ticket doesn’t match the attendee. Is that okay?

It’s absolutely OK.

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