The 2009 Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center Annual Fundraiser

Posted by on Jun 3, 2009 in What's Happening Locally | Comments Off

A portion of the silent auction presented by the Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center Guild

2009 A Heritage Happening: Landmarks of our Heritage

The Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center

The Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center

The Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center Guild presented the 6th annual Heritage Happening: Landmarks of our Heritage, on Saturday May 30th, 2009, at the Heritage Center in Townsend, Tennessee.  This annual event is the biggest fund raiser the museum has each year.  1,770 invitations were sent out with a near capacity crowd of 325 people.  There is both a silent auction with 9 different categories, and a live auction which is, yes, always lively!  The event grossed around $90,000 with the auction bringing in $54,040 of that.   The live auction items that brought the most attention this year all had to do with food, no surprise: an evening boat ride for 12 complete with a gourmet dinner, a progressive dinner in Laural Valley, and the like.  Besides paid help, it takes roughly 30 volunteers to pull this off each year.  Of course you have the one night a year volunteers like me, and then there are the “a hundred++ hours a year” volunteers like some of my friends.  It’s a lot of fun, particularly when it is over.  :-)  Thanks to Cam King, Doris Gorman, and Betty Jones for letting me pick their brains, and the photo’s taken and provided by Louise Presley.   mizkathleen @Gracehill