November Loving Spoonful Fundraisers for The Muse Knoxville

Fundraisers for urban garden at children’s science museum in Chilhowee Park.

Join The Muse Knoxville and The Tomato Head each Tuesday in November as they host fundraisers that will add a new addition to the children’s science museum. “The funds raised throughout this month will be used to develop our on-site garden beds and the educational programs that will reconnect visitors with the natural world and the true source of their food,” said Ellie Kittrell, Executive Director of The Muse.

A portion of the proceeds from all food and drink sales generated during lunch and dinner at both Tomato Head locations goes directly to The Muse Knoxville.

“One of the focal points of the Loving Spoonful program is non-profits that work with kids,” said Scott Partin, Tomato Head co-owner. “When we looked at the energy and thoughtfulness going in to the redesign and growth of The Muse project we knew we wanted to be a part.”

With close to 4000 square feet, The Muse presents Knoxville’s only public access Planetarium, an exhibit for preschoolers to test motor skills and express themselves creatively as well as exhibits related to science, engineering, and design for older students.

“We are humbled that Tomato Head has selected The Muse as the November Loving Spoonful recipient and appreciate the commitment that Mahasti and Scott continue to provide to our organization,” said Ellie Kittrell.

For more information or interviews, please contact Ellie Kittrell, The Muse Knoxville Executive Director, at 865-594-1494 and, or Michael Kuczmarski, The Tomato Head’s Marketing Director, at and 865-850-2318.

About The Muse Knoxville

The Muse Knoxville is passionate about involving the community as a partner in the programs and services they provide families, which includes teaching kids valuable gardening and agriculture concepts and skills that integrate with several subjects, such as math, science, art, health and physical education, and social studies, as well as several educational goals, including personal and social responsibility.

About The Tomato Head

Opened in 1990, The Tomato Head is committed to helping the community by supporting sustainable agriculture, giving to East Tennessee nonprofits, and recycling its packaging waste. Its charitable donation program, Loving Spoonful, is a partnership between East Tennessee nonprofits and the restaurant. It consists of a series of Tuesday fundraisers with a percentage of the proceeds raised going to our community partner of the month.

The Muse Knoxville Playground build

October Loving Spoonful Fundraisers for Childhelp Tennessee

Loving Spoonful fundraisers raise awareness of child abuse in East Tennessee

Join us each Tuesday in October as we host fundraisers to support victims of child abuse.  A portion of the proceeds from all food and drink sales generated during lunch and dinner at both Tomato Head locations goes directly to Childhelp Tennessee.

“Childhelp is thrilled to be partnering with our Friends the Tomato Head this October, said Hugh Nystrom, Director of Childhelp Tennessee. “I know Mahasti and Scott are committed to making Knoxville a safer place for children and we are grateful for their support.”

In 2013, Childhelp Tennessee investigated 1370 allegations of child abuse. By providing all services necessary to investigate abuse under one roof, they reduce secondary trauma to the child producing more reliable cases against the perpetrator so the child never has to experience abuse again.

“One of our target areas for Loving Spoonful partnerships is groups that work with children. Childhelp Tennessee provides crucial services to children who desperately need those services,” said Scott Partin, co-owner of The Tomato Head. “Because of the professionalism, thoughtfulness and thoroughness of the Childhelp program many kids have the chance to recover from terrible situations. We are honored to help on that process in any way we can.”

For more information or interviews, please contact Hugh Nystrom, Childhelp Tennessee Director, at 865-637-1753 and, or Michael Kuczmarski, The Tomato Head’s Marketing Director, at and 865-850-2318.

About Childhelp Tennessee

Since 1995, Childhelp’s East Tennessee Chapter, with the help of several community members and organizations, has served as an advocate for frightened and fragile victims of child abuse and neglect through two primary programs – the Children’s Center of East Tennessee and the Childhelp Foster Family Agency of East Tennessee. The Children’s Center provides all the services necessary to treat and investigate child abuse under one roof – medical personnel, law enforcement, child protection investigators and mental health professionals. The Childhelp Foster Family Agency of East Tennessee provides case management, foster homes and foster-to-adoption placements for children who are in the state foster care system. The program has been recognized as having one of the highest adoption percentages of any agency in the state of Tennessee.

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