Welcome to the 2019 KGMC Candle Fundraiser

865 Candle Company is honored and proud to support the efforts of the Knoxville Gay Men’s Chorus through this candle fundraiser. All proceeds from the sales of these candles will go to benefit the KGMC. These scents have been carefully selected and are the only scents available for purchase in this fundraiser. Should you have any questions - Please feel free to reach out to us here.

12oz. Handpoured Soy Candle - Choose your Scent!
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865 Candle Company Soy Candles are eco-friendly, clean burning and generously fragranced. Knoxville Gay Mens’ Chorus is excited to partner with this local, LGBT owned business to raise funds for our organization.

Please choose from our carefully selected and delectable scents:

Balsam and Berry - First in the line up this year has hints of citrus which create sparkle for this botanical blend of Siberian fir and warm cedar as sweet sugared berries unfold in layers of fruity delight. It also has hints of amber, vanilla and soft moss.

Pumpkin Spice - This will remind you of autumn festivals, pumpkin carving, and bonfires. Toasty top notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove give way to middle accords of silky buttercream and pumpkin. A base of smoked embers and vanilla gives this scent a warm twist on a classic fall fragrance. This fragrance is infused with natural essential oils, including clove leaf, cedarwood, copaiba, cypress, elemi, cinnamon bark, and olibanum.

Sweater Weather - A burst of fresh air tingles with mint as it opens this festive blend, Snow covered pine needles are sweetened with winter berries and laced with wood notes that lead to the velvet mossy undertone. Lingering sweetness of vanilla musk finishes the scent.

Vanilla Chestnut - This is a warm and woodsy scent that is comfortingly familiar and unexpectedly complex. Top notes of caramelized sugar envelop toasty chestnut and hints of clove and cinnamon, while notes of tonka, vanilla, and cedar provide an equally sweet and earthy finish. This fragrance oil is infused with natural essential oils including cedarwood, fir needle, patchouli, lemon, geranium, and coriander seed.

Wassail - Commonly known as mulled wine, this is a warm and inviting blend of oranges, lemons, apple spice, and cranberries. 

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ABOUT Knoxville Gay Men’s Chorus

Bleu Copas and Christopher Hamblin were each passionate in their own right about equal rights for LGBTQ+ individuals. In March 2012, their two paths crossed at the Tennessee Equality Project’s annual Advancing Equality Day. In between meetings with state legislators, Copas and Hamblin met and exchanged their stories. They realized they both resided in Knoxville and both had dreams of combining their passion for equality and social justice with their love of music. Both dreamed of putting together a gay men’s chorus in Knoxville as a way to strengthen and inspire the LGBTQ community and create bridges with unlikely allies in the area. The Knoxville Gay Men’s Chorus already existed in their minds, but it needed to be brought to life.

They returned to Knoxville and recruited for KGMC’s first members and sought somewhere to perform. The opportunity came with the 2012 Breaking the Silence rally, where four men stood beside each other and gave the Knoxville community a taste of what was to come. From that small start, the chorus has grown each year and become one of the largest performing arts and equal rights organizations in the region.