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City of Knoxville, Tennessee
Madeline Rogero, Mayor
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For Immediate Release
Sertoma Center Celebrates 50 Years
May 20, 2011 - Mayor Brown participated in a commemorative tree planting today at the Sertoma Center to celebrate the center's 50th year of operation.
Sertoma Center Tree Planting Ceremony
Sertoma Center is dedicated to serving adults with developmental disabilities through providing the highest quality of residential, vocational and community services that empower the persons served to lead richer, fuller lives.

Sertoma Center was founded in 1961 by the Knoxville Downtown Sertoma Club and met in the basement of First Presbyterian Church. The initial goal of the Center was to train pre-school children for special education classes in the public schools and originally served 17 children.

In 1970, the move was made to Dandridge Avenue and the Center was established as a non-profit corporation. At this time, the Knox County school system took over the provision of educational services for children with special needs. Sertoma Center changed its focus to providing comprehensive life services for adults with intellectual disabilities. The Center moved into its headquarters on Fifth Avenue in 1993 and presently serves approximately 100 individuals and their families.

Major funding comes from the State of Tennessee’s Division of Intellectual Disabilities Services for our current annual budget of $5 million dollars. However, the full extent of our services could not be realized without the vital support of the City of Knoxville, Knox County, and the business community, foundations, civic groups, family and friends of Sertoma Center.

The Sertoma Center is located at 1400 East Fifth Ave., Knoxville, TN 37917. For more information contact info@sertoma.com or 865-524-5555.

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