15th Annual Heritage Happening Gala and Auction to Benefit the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center

TOWNSEND, Tenn. – The 15th annual Heritage Happening Gala and Auction takes place May 19 at the Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center.

The theme of this year's fundraising event is “Smoky Mountain Memories,” which honors the purpose of the Heritage Center to preserve, communicate, and celebrate the rich history of the Great Smoky Mountains and their people. The Heritage Happening will feature silent and live auctions and an elegant dinner catered by Rothchild's of Knoxville. Guests will enjoy live Appalachian music and storyteller Elizabeth Rose as emcee.

The wide array of unique items to be auctioned this year includes artwork from area artisans, destination vacation trips, wine, Great Smoky Mountain activities, and food and dining experiences, thanks to the generosity of donors across East Tennessee. Online pre-bidding on silent auction items will open May 1, and a code to access the auction site will be emailed to ticket holders.  

To preview auction items, visit www.auctria.com/auction/HeritageHappening2018. Items are continually being added, so check the website frequently.

Tickets are $125 per person, $90 of which is tax deductible.

To purchase tickets, call the Heritage Center at 865-448-0044 or visit www.gsmheritagecenter.org.

About the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center Guild

The Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center Guild was founded by a group of 21 women in 2003 with a goal of helping to raise funds for the yet-to-be-built Heritage Center museum.  According to the Guild's mission, it annually hosts the Heritage Happening auction and dinner to help support the continuing development of the Center and its extensive educational programs for children. Exciting new exhibits each year attract patrons of all ages, and new facilities are under construction. This year, more than 8,000 students are expected to participate in the Center's educational programs.

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Cindy Dupree

Director of Public Relations
cindy.dupree@tn.gov
615) 741-9010